Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art (2013)
Copper tube, white fabric, indigo blue fabric, wooden framed images/photos, 7 channel video b/w with sound, videoprojection color no sound, surroundsound, spotlights, indigo blue carpet, platforms with felt and low frequency sound.
Solo exhibition in 3 parts: Archive - Method - Healing
This project touches upon the delicate issue of evaluating events during more than a century of transnational adoption by acknowledging the trauma, memories, disconnects and loss that also comes with cutting ties, bloodlines and cultural connection.
During the exhibition period at Overgaden, there was a performance by writer Maja Lee Langvad with excerpts from her book She Is Angry (A Personal account of transnational adoption) as well as a panel debate with the artist and researchers Lene Myong and Rikke Andreassen and a screening of the movies Oranges and Sunshine by Kim Loach and Resilience by Tammy Chu.
On a diagonal line of copper hangs a transparent, white curtain covering an archive of metallic shelves with projectors displaying moving text from files from the British Home Children scheme, media clips with sound from Korean adoptees trying to find family and African first parents telling about theft of their children, rare footage of controversial and violent Attachment Therapy sessions used by some adoption families and movie excerpts from Oranges and Sunshine, portraying the unravelling of the unethical Home Children scheme and the actual footage of British prime minister Gordon Brown making an official appology to the Home Childen. Underlying colonial politics, journalistic findings, dates and notes from research and drawn on the walls in circular mandalas with a mixture of black ink and the artist´s blood. The sound in the room is a cacophony of voices, stories, cries.
A framed image, the same length as the artist when she was adopted to Denmark and the name tag and number she had around her arm. The framed email from her first father, when they finally regained contact after 25 years of separation. Here he explains how she was taken away without his knowledge and how he searched for her all these years. Three framed images: 1. copper, having properties of energy and oxygen flow in the body. 2. 107 Indigo blue dots, the color Indigo blue having wavelengths that stimulate the pineal gland and melatonin production in the brain, thus our ability to relax and sleep. 3. DNA, the body, and introducing epigenetics and inherited trauma, our past and our hidden ancestral connections. A framed brain scan of the artist.
Space with indigo blue carpet and sheer indigo blue fabric hanging in a line, ending in a fibonacci spiral with a spotlight in the middle and surround sound with healing properties. Two platforms to sit on with low frequency sound, that absorbs into the body while seated, mirroring each other on both sides of a video projection of the artist in a theatrical, ritualistic performance of transforming self harm, anxiety and sorrow to scientific discovery, movement and new beginnings with a tibetan phurba knife and ayurvedic shirodara meditation. The sounds, colors and materials might on a physical level have a beneficial effect on the audience´s bodily functions and nervous system while in the installation´s healing space and after.
Music: Eyvind Gulbrandsen
Video: Producer – Claudia Saginario; Filmphotography – Catherine Pattinama Coleman; Editor – Linda Man
Thanks: Tijana Miskovic, Louise Hansen, Filmgear, Ribka Pattinama Coleman, Timme Hovind, Danny Bertz Sørensen, Mikkel Friis-Møller, Line Lyhne, Maja Lee Langvad, Kim Stoker, Lasse Kjederqvist, Tammy Chu, Jim Loach, Lene Myong, Dorrit Saietz, Rikke Andreasen, Jim Karlsen.
The Danish Arts Agency