Ammar Abo Bakr (EG)

Ammar Abo Bakr Works for Live Art Denmark 2016: The Lady’s Brigade 4, COLAB The Lady’s Brigade 4 In May 2016, Amma Abo Bakr spent 20 days in Denmark, most of this time in Copenhagen’s central square Kongens Nytorv. There, he created the large scale graffiti “The Lady’s Brigade 4” as part of Live Art Denmark’s project “COLAB”. We brought Ammar, like the seven other artists in the project, together with a Danish mentor, Brian Mikkelsen, member of Folketing, the Danish parliament. Brian introduced Ammar to the Danish government and its politics. To relate to his experience of Denmark, Copenhagen and Kongens Nytorv in a site specific way, Ammar decided […]

Khaled Jarrar (PS)

Born in Jenin in 1976, Khaled Jarrar lives and works in Ramallah, Palestine. Jarrar is a former member of the Presidential Guard to Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas that has now became one of the most prominent artists of our times. With highly symbolic photographs, videos, and performative interventions focused on his native Palestine, multidisciplinary artist Khaled Jarrar explores modern power struggles and their socio-cultural impact on ordinary citizens. The everyday objects appearing in Jarrar’s reflective work, whether by their shape or nature, are juxtaposed with the severity of the issues he examines, thus giving the political content of his art greater significance while underscoring the autobiographical nature of his […]

URNAMO (IQ)

URNAMO Ali Al-Ftlawi (Iraq) and Wathiq Al-Ameri (Iraq) work reflect their personal history. They present a view from exile, combining a critical perspective with the hope of returning to their homeland. Their art explores issues of confrontation and war. Friends since childhood, both performers received a classical education at the University of Fine Arts of Baghdad. Several years ago they decided to escape the regime of Saddam Hussein and embarked on an odyssey. Using false papers, the two crossed the Iraq border into Jordan where they reproduced classical and Arabic paintings until they collect enough money to reach Sudan and from there traveled by truck through the Sahara to Libya […]

Jelili Atiku (NG)

Jelili Atiku Work for Live Art Denmark 2016 Collaboration with Alette Scavenius for COLAB Copenhagen COLAB Copenhagen For the COLAB program, Jelili teamed up with Alette Scavenius, Head of Theatre Collections at the Royal Library in Copenhagne. In the video below we hear excerpts from their conversations about memory and how to preserve it, in body and documentation, while we follow a series of performances in gallery and public spaces Jelili organized and performed in in Copenhagen, and an audience talk. The performances are based on animistic rituals Jelili was exposed to at an early age. Today they form the basis of much of his artistic work. About the Artist […]

Ato Malinda (KE)

Ato Malinda Work with Live Art Denmark 2016: COLAB Copenhagen Who owns the job of deciding which stories are remembered and which stories are forgotten? How can artists be involved in making these decisions? As part of the COLAB program, Ato Malinda teamed up with Peter van der Meijden for a one month residency. Together they looked at strategies of represention of various objects in Danish museums. A special focus was given to objects from Africa and how they come to represent an artificial unitary identity of Africa, instead of illustrating its many different nations and cultures. Most of the objects Ato and Peter analysed were brought to Denmark during […]

Christian Etongo (CM)

Christian Etongo Works for Liveart Denmark 2016 COLAB Copenagen, collaboration with Jessie Kleemann Cameroon and Greenland are geographically separated by 8,058 kilometers. At a first look one can only see differences between these countries and their cultures, geography, climate conditions, traditions etc. Christian Etongo and Jessie Kleemann focus on one vital aspect that links both of their countries of origin: their colonial past. Their research specifically focusses on the disappearance of traditions and rituals as a consequence of colonialism and imperialist repression in their countries of origin. Christian and Jessie are interested in debating those consequences while reviving, today, those forgotten, often prohibited, rituals. “In our research, we discovered that […]

Odun Orimolade (NG)

Odun Orimolade At COLAB Copenhagen Odun Orimolade worked with Mette Garfield in investigating individual and collective memory formation by exploring the womb as a poetic space, a space where we all have been but we seem not to have any memory of it. If memories start before birth, how would it affect our orientations, imaginations and the ways we look at ourselves and others? In addressing the import behind archiving, policies, laws and narratives about pre-birth ideologies and its impact on our social development, we are confronted with the institutionalised history that we come to accept and believe. This history informs and shapes our knowledge of the womb, the ways we relate […]