David Sebastian Lopez Restrepo (CO)

David Sebastian Lopez Restrepo Works for Live Art Danmark 2016 Four Performances for COLAB Copenhagen 2019/2023 “Food DJ” at Life Art for Children 2019 and 2023 2021 “Hot Tub” for One Night Stand, the openning event at Friisland 2022 Two performances form the “Wolt Migrant” project: “Halfway from Denmark to Colombia on a metaphorical bike journey” and “The Finish Line” at Friisland. David Sebastian has been a regular collaborator on Live Art Danmark’s VR Archive of Performance Art and many other projects since 2016. COLAB Copenhagen David Sebastian was one of the international artists contributing to our event COLAB Copenhagen. In his performances, everyday objects like coal or paper boats, […]

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 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 postcolonial project COLAB Copenhagen. Ali and Wathiq, who work as a performance duo under the name URNAMO, tell the story of their friendship 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 Al-Ameri […]

Jelili Atiku (NG)

Jelili Atiku Work for Live Art Denmark 2016 Collaboration with Alette Scavenius for COLAB Copenhagen 2022 Performance “Who Knows Not One Thing Knows Another (Aláráagbó XIX)” and talk at Friisland, 2022 Performance “ỌLỌ́MỌYỌYỌ” at Live Art for Børn in Aarhus. 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 […]

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 […]

Peter van der Meijden (NL/DK)

Peter van der Meijden Works with Live Art Danmark 2013 “The Definition of Performativity” at  Samtalekøkken 2016 Residence in collaboration with Ato Malinda at COLAB Copenhagen The Definition of Performativity Peter van Der Meijden presented and performed his performative lecture “The definition of performativity” at Samtalekøkken, illustrating his theses with a re-enactment of Joseph Beuys’ “Sauerkrautpartitur”. With this piece, first performed in Tokyo in 1969, Beuys demonstrated his famous idea that everyone is/should/can be an artist, by randomly arranging bits of Sauerkraut on a music stand to form the score which he then used to conduct an orchestra: Rather than recreate a well known and time honoured score, this one […]

Marcio Carvalho (PT)

Márcio Carvalho Works with Live Art Danmark 2014 “False Memories” at Live Art for Børn 1 2016 Co-Curator of COLAB Copenhagen False Memories Márcio performed “False Memories” at the first Live Art for Børn festival. Working with a polaroid camera, various plastic toys and pre-produced cardboard speech bubbles, he went through a series of critical questions and answers about adverstising, toys and video games with his young audience. The rackety soundtrack, playing loudly in the background,  was composed of the voice overs of TV commercials for children’s toys and the beeps and explosions of early video games. COLAB Copenhagen In the Spring of 2016, Márcio co-curated COLAB Copenhagen with Live […]