International exhibitions

International 2009 Archives

Native Land, Stop Eject
Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (Danmark)

05.12.2009 - 21.02.2010

07.09 - 25.11.2012



Press release

Created by the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris, Native Land, Stop Eject is an exhibition in two parts focusing on the consequences of globalization and climate change. The exhibition explores the meaning of sedentariness and nomadism today, an epoch in which human migration flows are taking place on an unprecedented sccale. The international COP15 conference on climate change organized by the United Nations and taking place in Copenhagen from 7-18, 2009 attests to this critical moment in history, where the environment conditions what humans do, what they will become, and where they will live.

Native Land, Stop Eject thus proposes a reflection on the notions of being rooted and uprooted, as well as related questions of identity in two works created especially for the exhibition. Filmmaker Raymond Depardon gives a voice to those who whish to remain on their land but are threatened with exile. Philosopher Paul Virilio, in collaboration with the artists architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mark Hansen, Laura Kurgan and Ben Rubin, examines and challenges new trends in contemporary human movement due to environmental, political, and economic factors.

Hear them speak, a film by Raymond Depardon with the sound engineer, Claudine Nougaret, is centered on nomads, farmers, islanders, and indigenous peoples, all of whom are either threatened with extinction or living on the periphery of globalization. Giving value to speaking and listening, he focuses on their mother tongue languages : Kawésquar, Mapuche, Afar, Quechua, Chipaya, Breton, Occitan, Yanomami, Guarani. Though still spoken today, all the languages heard in the film - a large-scale projection that assigns as much importance to sound as image - are endangered, symbolizing the imminent threat to their identity. "I was born in my language", says one woman, as she voices her anger, pain, and fears.

Exit, an innovative installation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mark Hansen, Laura Kurgan and Ben Rubin, gives form to Paul Virilio's concepts on human trajectories across the globe. In a circular and immersive projection, it presents six animated maps generated by a database of information provided by international organizations, with a focus upon the following subjects : Population Shifts; Cities; Remittances; Sending Money Home; Political Refugees and Forced Migration; Natural Catastrophes; Rising Seas; Sinking Cities; Speechless and Deforestation. Virilio contextualizes these maps in an accompanying video, sharing his nostalgia about the "magnitude of the world, about its scale" when faced with the disappearance of geographic space, an idea that has been at the heart of his work for decades.


Exhibition 5 décember 2009 - 21 February 2010. Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Nyhavn 2 - 1051 Copenhagen (Danmark). Tel.: +45 33 13 40 22.

Native Land, Stop Eject, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen

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