Generous Gestures -opening tomorrow 4th Feb at 17:00 at Den Frie Centre of Contemporany Art

Generous Gestures, is an exhibition event which hides under its title a pressing need to discuss the lack of focus on issues such as interculturalism, xenophobia and Danishness.

During the 10 day exhibition, a series of public art events will be taking place such as performances, talks, study groups, lectures, film screenings and an artist kitchen. Some of them are:

BLACK EUROPEAN DIASPORA AND THE DECOLONIAL OPTION
Artist Kitchen
Artistic integrity + governmental agenda = contradiction.

The exhibition has been produced by 25 artists with different national and cultural backgrounds who all have in common that they are artists living in Denmark and that they in the past year have participated in the Danish Arts Agency’s Intercultural Mentor Program, which aims to discuss the issue of interculturalism and the underrepresentation of intercultural artistic practices in Denmark. Their works contribute, both politically and aesthetically, to the
discussion on contemporary art today, an area in which the players reflect the Danish society’s transition from a homogeneous to a multicultural society.

Generous Gestures is facilitated by Tijana Miskovic and Jane Jin Kaisen, who feel that their efforts and interest in interculturalism in Denmark must be seen in conjunction with a broader artistic, social and cultural understanding of what the National is, who society’s “other” is and what – at a given point in time – is considered a cultural, historical and aesthetic part of the cultural heritage and how we understand the evolution of culture and society in general.

Participating artists:
Abdul Dube & YNKB, Amir Zainorin, Andreas Olesen, Anne Bennike, Charlotte Haslund-Christensen, David Ramirez, Giuditta R, Juan Hein, J&K/Janne Schäfer and Kristine Agergaard, Maher Khatib, Mahmoud Alibadi, Maj Hasager, Marcelo Lerer, Mette Kit Jensen, Michelle Eistrup, Nikolaj Kilsmark, Nynne Haugaard, Parul Modha, Rick Towle, Samaira Ali, Søren Dahlgaard, Thierry Geoffroy and Thomas Bjørkå.

The exhibition is supported by: Danish Art Council, Dyrup and Kirsebærvin fra Frederiksdal Gods.

Further information and background for the exhibition events website Initial State of Limbo: http://initialstateoflimbo.wikispaces.com/ or contact Tijana Miskovic +45 60623669

Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art

Oslo Plads 1, 2100 København Ø
info@denfrie.dk
Exhibition opening Friday 4 February from 17.00 – 20.00

Exhibition period 5-13 February 2011

For yderligere information kontakt pressekoordinator Kit Leunbach på kl@denfrie.dk eller på 33 12 28 03.
CALENDAR FOR GENEROUS GESTURES

Friday 4. February – Opening day

16.20–17 CRITICAL RUN: WHAT ARE THE EMERGENCIES TODAY. TODAY BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE
Organized by: Thierry Geoffroy

17-18 Performance by Amir Zainorin

18-20 ARTIST KITCHEN EVENTS
Organized by: Maher Khatib, Amir Zainorin and Rick Towle and their invited guest artists/chefs
Jazz Kitchen Improvisation by Adam Melbye & Casper Coredes
Last Soup Supper by Maher Khatib

Saturday 5. February

12-14 ARTIST KITCHEN EVENTS

Maher Khatib, Amir Zainorin and Rick Towle are making three intercultural and Jacob Tækker is showing Cave And Reality.

Sunday 6. February

12-14: ARTIST KITCHEN EVENTS
An artistic performance by Victor Valqui Vidal including the preparation of the Peruvian Chicken.

Soup and a lecture about: Identity, culture and creative cooking.
More info: initialstateoflimbo.wikispaces.com

Wednesday 9. February

12-14: ARTIST KITCHEN EVENTS
Presentation by Charlotte Bagger Brand and Margrethe Troensegaard.

14-17: Reading Group: Black European Diaspora And The Decolonial Option
Organized by: Michelle Eistrup (Visual Artist and Intercultural Mentor) and Alanna Lockward (Dominican Curator and Researcher) Editor/Founder of VideoArtWorld based In Berlin. Guest on Wednesday 9th Heidi Bojsen (Associate Professor, The Department of Culture and Identity, RUC). The purpose of this reading group is to open up a dialogue on art and interculturalism in the Art World present in Denmark. It is to link social theories, art critiques and writings on art and society.
SEE ALSO Friday 11. February .

Thursday 10. February

18-21: Theme evening: Artistic integrity + governmental agenda
Organized by: Nynne Haugaard, Nikolaj Kilsmark and Maj Hassager.
Contradictions between the governmental and institutional wish to “work with/for” supporting and creating a
focus on multiculturalism and post-colonialism and trans-nationalism. The event consists of a film screening, and a
presentation of the book “Wish you were here” by Nynne Haugaard and Nikolaj Klismark – about art and development,
followed by an open discussionworkshop.

Friday 11. February

14-16: Reading Group: Black European Diaspora And The Decolonial Option
Organized by: Michelle Eistrup (Visual Artist and Intercultural Mentor) and Alanna Lockward (Dominican Curator and Researcher) Editor/Founder of VideoArtWorld based In Berlin. The purpose of this reading group is to open up a dialogue on art and interculturalism in the Art World present in Denmark. It is to link social theories, art critiques and writings on art and society.
SEE ALSO Wednesday 9. February .

Saturday 12. February

14-17: Video / Film screenings
Organized by: Generous Gestures
About: Screenings of videos made by artists involved in the Generous Gestures. Each artist will make a short
introduction.
- Too Long are our Memories (9 min) by Michelle Eistrup and James Muruiki
- Mind my hat (10 min) by Amir Zainorin
- Growing Vegetables on a Coral Island (22 min) by Søren Dahlgaard
- The killing of a Danish swan (25 min) by Juan Hein
- The Woman, The Orphan and The Tiger (72 min) by Jane Jin Kaisen og Guston Sondin-Kung

Sunday 13. February

12-15: ARTIST KITCHEN EVENTS

12-14: Patricio Soto will show a soup documentation project and fotos from Chile of his grandmother cooking a traditional Chilean soup.

14-15: Arendse Krabbe and André Amtoft about Opensourcefood- a community driven art-activist project whose aim is to call attention to living conditions of asylum seekers, full socioeconomic potential of New Nordic Cuisine, open-source food juxtaposes and knowledge sharing.

15-16: Nærv ær og andre ønsker
Sunday February 13th, 3pm – 4pm
Organized by: Mahmoud Alibadi (Artist), Participant: Gritt Uldall-Jessen (Artist), Ditte Maria le-Fevre (Actress), Line Klyvø (Singer)
Performative reading by Gritt Uldall-Jessen including a short summary of Erika Fischer-Lichte’s three levels of
intimacy. During the performance, Mahmoud Alibadi reveals his secret and starts an interactive workshop
performance with help from Ditte Maria le-Fevre and Line Klyvø. Finishing with an open discussion on ”How do we
distinguish between cultural identity and the artist identity in the work? And what meanings do these have in the
works?”

More info: initialstateoflimbo.wikispaces.com