Almost Heaven

The driving force in the work of Sonja Lillebæk Christensen is respect for individuals and for environ-ments: she claims the right to wonder about the world and its amazing phenomena. Her new exhibition at Galleri Image promises to be an intense and bodily experience, giving rise to wonder and reflection.
Udstillingsperiode:
11-05-2012 - 24-06-2012
Medie:
Video
Titel:
Almost Heaven
Kunstner:
Sonja Lillebæk Christensen
The driving force in the work of Sonja Lillebæk Christensen is respect for individuals and for environ-ments: she claims the right to wonder about the world and its amazing phenomena. A persistent stubbornness forces her to tell peripheral stories and to bring new perspectives to often tabooed narratives and situations. Her new exhibition at Galleri Image promises to be an intense and bodily experience, giving rise to wonder and reflection.

Two new videos consisting of a triple video-projection and a single video-installation form the core of Lillebæk Christensen's ALMOST HEAVEN.
The first video is a flickery story in words and pictures about returning to your home, in the guise of an insecure stranger. It's about being recognized and not being recognized. A series of scenarios links Western Jutland to West Virginia, USA. The two places meet and seem to part again. There are no definitions - only a line of thoughts that starts in a circle and continues into a spiral. Pete Townshend makes his guitar-mill-moves and a seven meter long wing-tip falls off a mill in Lem. We meet Pete in the song TEENAGE WASTELAND - a sad story from the absolute fringe of the lower class. And then we meet strawberry pickers from Latvia with dirt on their fingers. We meet Sonja's mother and husband. And we are told a long story about a three-point turn, a rather threatening tractor, and a 'no entry' sign that is probably ignored by the locals.

The exhibition's second video is a projection standing in free space. The screen is blue as the sky. At regular intervals a white object slowly cuts through the picture from top to bottom, leaving it once again empty and blue. The procedure is repeated unceasingly. Only the wing tip, slowly coming towards us, leaving an empty sky.

Sonja Lillebæk Christensen (b.1972) graduated from from Det Jyske Kunstakademi in 2003. Since then she has exhibited several times in Denmark and abroad, in solo and group exhibitions. She has been the recipient of several bursaries from Statens Kunstfond.

OPENING: Friday 11th May 16.00-18.00
The artist will be present.
ARTIST TALK: Saturday 2th June 14.00
The exhibition is generously supported by:
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