International 2009 Archives
Imprisoned or free : I-
Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense (Danmark)
The dream -
Desert islands have fascinated numerous artists, writers and filmmakers. Many works have as their origin Daniel Defoe's 18th-
The opposite -
Exhibition 18 September 2009 -
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Antti Laitinen, It's Mys island, 2007. Courtesy the artist and Netti Horn Gallery, Londres
Artists in I-
Kunsthallen Brandts has invited six contemporary artists who have used islands as symbols of our ethical and moral attitudes now and in the past.
Ross Sinclair (Scotland) takes us to the extreme limit of goodness in his installation Journey to the Edge of the World. Two films by this artist depict the island of St. Kilda in the Hebrides where for centuries descendants of Norwegian Vikings lived in a time pocket. In the 1850s, the community was discovered by civilization and brought to ruin in the course of two generations.
The Finish artist Antti Laitinen shows It's My Island, a work in which photos and videos document his painstaking efforts to realize his dream of an island of his own. Hundreds of bags of sand and a tree make up his small kingdom which he must finally witness being swallowed by the sea.
An island as a perfect place to keep criminals is depicted in a work by Bill Burns (Canada). He has built a wathctower from which ti detect possible escaping prisoners. Interester visitors can get to stay in a prison cell and listen to torture music.
The installation Alterations by Amy Cutlers (USA), consisting of no less than 120 female figures, looks like a gigantic island council except for the fact that these figures seem strangely agreed upon keeping up their mysterious undertaking involving a complicated version of Cat's Cradle.
The three islands by Andreas Schulenburg (Danmark) are not only deserted, they are also soft, and perhaps the use of felt is precisely what makes these sculptures so humorous.
Life on desert islands is not all idyllic. The idea of islands as places where natives live in harmony with animals and plants, or engage in cannibalism, is examined by Tim Silver (Australia) in his photo series The Tuvaluan Project.