An Aarhus 2017 Commission and Part of Coast to Coast
The Aarhus 2017 Foundation is pleased to announce Jenny’s Holzer’s For Aarhus. Presenting a selection of poetry, short prose works, and even personal letters, the artwork explores the consequences on civilian life whenever it is shattered by armed conflict. Holzer’s work examines what it is to be forced to abandon home, find asylum in foreign refugee camps, begin anew in another country, or live permanently in exile. Established writers, contemporary younger voices, and ordinary citizens from Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Ethiopia, and Nigeria, each offers their personal perspective and a part of the larger story.
Beginning in 1996, with Xenon for Florence – when Holzer first presented a programme of illuminated scrolling text that was projected onto the south embankment of the Arno River and the facade of the Palazzo Tempi – she has created almost three-dozen projections in locations around the world. Then as now, these temporary performance works – typically lasting only a few hours, and staged on several successive nights shortly after dusk – have appealed equally to those long familiar with the artist’s work and the passerby.
Among the sources that Holzer will include in For Aarhus are several recent prose poems by Ghayath Almadhoun, a Palestinian poet born in Damascus who lives in Sweden. Some of these texts include: “Greetings to the People of Europe!” by Alemu Tebeje Ayele, an Ethiopian poet, journalist, and community activist based in London; a short story set in the immigrant community of Los Angeles by Syrian writer Dima Alzayat; works by a group of young Assyrian Iraqi poets, living in tents in flooded refugee camps in the fall of 2014, whose plight became the subject of a reading vigil held at Cambridge University; and a series of postcards written by displaced residents of Aleppo, Syria, that began when Issa Touma, a local gallery owner and photographer, invited a cross section of people to write about themselves and their experiences— resulting in both a book and a contemporary opera performed in Amsterdam this past autum.
The text will differ every night.
Saturday 25. February: 20.00 - 22.00
Sunday 26. February:17.30 - 19.30
Monday 27. February - Friday: 3. March: 18.00 - 19.00 and 19.30 - 21.00
Saturday 4. March - 5. March: 18.00 - 19.30
Monday 6. March: 18.00 – 19.00 & 19.30 – 21.00
About Coast to Coast
Aarhus 2017 is putting art Coast to Coast in a series of works and projects that bring some of the world´s leading artists to the Central Denmark Region. These site-situational, context specific and special exhibitions are made as new commissions for townships, art spaces and across municipal borders.
In our European Capital of Culture year we also commemorate the 500 Year Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, so we explore the ‘word’ through a series of new text and sound pieces by some of the most highly acclaimed conceptual artists exploring philosophy, homilies and idiomatic language.
And in our year in which we examine our Danish DNA within the European context, artists help us reflect upon society in flux through transient gestures and atmospheric installations.
Supported by Det Obelske Familiefond, Kvadrat and 15. Juni Fonden.