Climate crisis, financial crisis, crisis of confidence, welfare crisis, governmental crisis … Like the boy in Aesop’s fable crying ‘Help, the wolf is coming!’ so often that nobody believes him when the wolf does come, the continued crisis rhetoric of recent years has left an indelible mark on public debates.
Exacerbated by a spiralling spin culture and a sensationalist media machine, public debate seems to have entered a vicious circle with very real social effects – from political alienation to symbolic legislation. But to what extent are the threats we face real or imagined? What are the consequences of the language used by the media for our understanding of basic democratic values like openness, tolerance and dialogue? And can we change the world by changing the story we tell about it?
Such questions form the starting point for the exhibition Varulv! (‘Werewolf!’), which unfolds as a poetic portrayal of society at the intersection of art, language and politics. As a framework for the exhibition, the author Kasper Nørgaard Thomsen has written a reinterpretation of Sergei Prokofiev’s musical story Peter & the Wolf (1936) reflecting on the crisis of welfare society. Different artists have then been invited to respond to the text in new works that include sculptural satire on the Scandinavian nuclear family, musical analyses of political speeches, disturbing war collages, and video on new ideologies based on Surrealism.
Participating artists: Ann Louise Andersen (DK), Aurora Sander (NO), Francisco Montoya Cázarez (MX), Lise Harlev (DK), Marie Kølbæk Iversen (DK), Henrik Plenge Jakobsen (DK), Konvoj (DK), Peter Land (DK), Mikkel Ploug (DK), Cia Rinne (FI), Johannes Sivertsen (DK), Iris Smeds (SE), Jasper Sebastian Stürup (DK), Christian Vind (DK).The exhibition is curated by Anna Holm.