This year’s big summer exhibition at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art is curated by the internationally acclaimed artist Gitte Villesen. The exhibition, with the title I SLIPPED INTO MY FIRST METAMORPHOSIS SO QUIETLY THAT NO ONE NOTICED, is based on the radically transformative power of stories.
From docufiction to total installation and sculptural forms, the exhibition reflects a fascination with stories as a direct tool for debating and changing reality, and the impact the narratives of literature, art and film can have on how we see the world. Villesen’s title is taken from Octavia E. Butler’s ground-breaking sci-fi trilogy Lilith’s Brood – a complex narrative of power, oppression, dependency, solidarity, and love. The exhibition explores different approaches to everyday life – from small stories, personal experiences and portraits of real people in real contexts, to concepts of otherness, territorialism, gender norms, sexuality and identity.
The participating artists are:
Ana Mendieta, Alex Mawimbi, Berverly Buchanan, Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, Elke Marhöfer and Mikhail Lylov, Emma Haugh, Gitte Villesen with Dendal, Marie Høeg and Bolette Berg, Saidou Ndiaye, Amadou Sarr, Acroma and Chiara Figone, Ingrid Villesen, Laura Horelli, Pia Rönicke, Raphaël Grisey with Bouba Touré, Káddu Yaraax, Sidney Sokhona and Somankidi Coura Cooperative.
Foto: Marie Høeg & Bolette Berg
Kreditering: Preus Museumssamling