Ammar Abo Bakr (EG)

Ammar Abo Bakr Works for Live Art Danmark2016 “The Lady’s Brigade 4” for COLAB Copenhagen The Lady’s Brigade 4In May 2016, Amma Abo Bakr spent 20 days in Denmark and most of this time on 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 […]

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 Work for Live Art Denmark 2016: Collaboration with Marcio Carvalho for COLAB Copenhagen COLAB Copenhagen The video below was compiled as as the contribution of the Iraqi artists Ali Al-Ftlawi and Wathiq Al-Ameri to our post colonial project COLAB Copenhagen. Ali and Wathiq, who work as a performance duo under the name URNAMO, tell the story of their freindship that developed since they were six years old, and their adventurous travels from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq via Jordan, Sudan and Libya to Switzerland where they live now. They describe their work as a random archive, autobiographical and cultural at the same time. About the Artists Ali Al-Ftlawi (Iraq) and Wathiq […]

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 Copenhagen. 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 galleries 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 Danmark 2016 Collaboration with Peter van der Meijden for 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 […]

Christian Etongo (CM)

Christian Etongo Work for Live Art Danmark 2016 COLAB Copenagen, collaboration with Jessie Kleemann Collaboration on Colonialism, Art and Ritual with Jessie Kleeman Cameroon and Greenland are 8,058 kilometers apart as the crow flies. At first glance there seem to be only differences between the two countries, differences in geography, climate, traditions and culture. In their collaboration, Christian Etongo and Jessie Kleemann focus on the one vital aspect that does link their countries of origin: their unresolved colonial past. Their research specifically focusses on the disappearance of traditions and rituals as a consequence of colonialism and ongoing imperialist repression. Christian and Jessie debate those consequences while reviving those forgotten, often […]

Odun Orimolade (NG)

Odun Orimolade Work with Live Art Danmark 2016 Collaboration with Mette Garfield for COLAB Copenhagen Collaboration with Mette Garfield For our program COLAB Copenhagen, Odun Orimolade worked with Mette Garfield. Together, they investigated the formation of individual and collective memory by considering the womb as a poetic space, a space where we all have been but no one has a memory of. If memories started before birth, how would they affect our orientations, imaginations and ways to look at ourselves and others? In addressing the importance of archiving, policies, laws and narratives about pre-birth ideologies and their impact on social development, we are confronted with the institutionalised history that we […]