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Launch
Launch: New Annette Holdensen release
29 Apr 2022, 16:00 – 17:00

O—Overgaden and the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology are proud to release the publication Vild, varm og varsom (Wild, Warm, and Cautious), a collection of texts written by the currently exhibiting artist and weaver Annette Holdensen, over the last approximately 50 years.

Through her long life as an artist, Holdensen has produced writing in connection with exhibitions, travel, and independent contributions for publications. While she created breakthroughs in Danish contemporary art in the form of large woven works and installations, Holdensen has also expressed herself in written form, with accounts of the life surrounding her works’ initial creation, and reflections on textiles in the context of the art world. The collected texts revolve around her working with art and needlework, and the way in which both weave their way into everyday life in the countryside in Løkkegravene near Odense on Funen, among children, local agriculture, friends, colleagues, and young students who have come and gone in her home and work collective.

Annette Holdensen’s practice, as well as texts, are colored by light from the changing seasons, the materials that surround her, travels in Scandinavia, and by the political situations and conditions (nuclear power, USA, the Soviet Union) that are and have been.

This new publication is framed by two forewords, one by Ida Schyum, curator at O—Overgaden, and one by Andrea Fjordside Pontoppidan, editor at the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, along with an afterword written by visual artist Sophia Luna Portra, who is also Annette Holdensen’s granddaughter. The texts are accompanied by pictures taken from the artist’s life and of the art from her home in Løkkegravene, as well as pictures of Holdensen’s works, which appeared at Overgaden’s very first exhibition in 1987, and which can now, once again, be experienced at O—Overgaden.

For the launch, the publication will be presented by Ida Schyum, Andrea Fjordside Pontoppidan and Ida Becke, Sophia Luna Portra, and Annette Holdensen herself, taking the form of a conversation.

From the new release: Wild, Varm, and Cautious, O—Overgaden and the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, 2022.
Annette Holdensen portrait, Halfdan Venlov, 2022
From the new release: Wild, Varm, and Cautious, O—Overgaden and the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, 2022.

The launch takes place at O—Overgaden and is free to attend.

Annette Holdensen’s exhibition, also titled Wild, Warm and Cautious, can be experienced at O—Overgaden until 22 May, with free admission.

The Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology is an exhibition and publishing platform that, from an intersectional and ecofeminist point of view, publishes books and organizes exhibitions at the crossroads between art and literature, with a special focus on planetary creation and care as well as diverse communities.