Curator Suzanne Russell
September 11, 2007

Don’t blink or you’ll miss it! Red Cross is hosting the Hallo-Danmark conference in Copenhagen on September 11, 12 and 13th. In conjunction with this conference on how to combat structural institutional discrimination, Suzanne Russell has curated the art show: SPOOKY TRUTHS.

At the opening on spooky September 11th, video works by selected international artists will be shown on a large screen. The program will begin with several minutes of Hung-Chih Peng’s video “Excerpts From the Holy Bible in Arabic Translations,” 2006, a video in which his signature white dog licks passages from the Bible onto a wall in Arabic translation. The passages have been selected for their brutality, and we are confronted simultaneously with the violence of the Christian God in the Bible and our ideas about the Koran.

Next up is Michael Paulo Britto’s nauseatingly comical “I’m A Slave 4 U,” 2005, a commentary on Britney Spears’ music video of the same name. Following this, Lilibeth Cuenca’s videos “Absolute Exotic,” 2005 and “Cockfight Song,” 2006 will be shown on the large screen.

The controversial Polish artist, Katarzyna Kozyra’s “Cheerleader,” 2006 is also on the program. In “Cheerleader,” Kozyra shows us the problems of body as an important part of identity as she performs Gwen Stefani’s song “What You Waiting For?” first as a cheerleader, and then as her fat woman persona from “Diva-Reincarnation,” 2005 and finally as the naked man (complete with penis) from “Men’s Bathhouse,” 1990.

The finale to all this spookiness will be Andreas Schulenburg and Jonas Fromm’s naughty portrait of the Danes, their animated film “Body Tequila,” 2003.

In addition to the video screening on the large screen, it will be possible to see all of the work on smaller screens at the opening, including Brian Bress’s “Rock Cowboy,” 2006, Tamar Guimaraes’s “Jan Leton and the Archive,” 2006, and Yuichiro Nishizawa’s “Untitled (PEACE), 2001. Maryam Jafri’s installation “People of the Book,” 2003-04 is also included in the show, as well as Larissa Sansour’s photo project “At Home Chilling,” 2007.

If this isn’t enough to get you out on a Tuesday night, the Japanese artist Yuichiro Nishizawa will make his performance “Untitled (PEACE),” a mandala made from cornstarch, initially intended as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Andrea Creutz and Lise Skou have installed “PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS” in the toilets. And, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen will perform “Absolute Exotic” live at the start of the opening.

Spooky Truths
Hal D
Strandgade 95A
1401 København K
Fernisering: 11. september, kl.18-20
The artwork will also be on view for the duration of the conference.