Carl Jóhan Jensen

The great Faroese author and poet Carl Jóhan Jensen visited Aarhus in Oktober 2015 as artists in residence hosted by Aarhus Centre for Literature.
Udstillingsperiode:
01-10-2015 - 31-10-2015
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Carl Jóhan Jensen
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The great Faroese author and poet Carl Jóhan Jensen visited Aarhus in Oktober 2015 as artists in residence hosted by Aarhus Centre for Literature. Jensen is one of the most prominent Faroese authors and has been nominated for Nordic Councel’s Literature Prize five times – last in 2016 for the novel Eg síggi teg betri i myrkri. The author has developed his own unique language; it is characterized by old Faroese expressions and an old vocabulary which has either been forgotten or is rarely used. Jensen not only reintegrates this language in his literary work but also use them in new constellations and combinations – this is part of what makes his work so extraordinary.

As his contribution to the FRESH EYES project Carl Jóhan Jensen has created a long poem that explores Aarhus in a comparison in the Aarhus of 2015 and the Aarhus of 1975. The author first visited the city in 1975 as a young man of 18. This poem is not just a walk down memory lane but connects Aarhus and Denmark with the rest of Europe, European history, Christianity, Norse mythology, world literature, and much more.

Bio:
Carl Jóhan Jensen studied Icelandic language in Reykjavík (1981-1987) and in 1990 he got his master in Faroese. He has been nominated for Nordic Councel’s Literature Prize several times as one of the Faroese nominees, and he received the Faroese culture prize Mentanarvirðisløn M. A. Jacobsens prize in 1989 and 2006.
Since he published his first book in 1977 – a collection of poetry called Yrkingar – he has published five collections of poetry and three novels, including Tímar og rek (1997), Ó – Søgur um djevulskap (2005), and September í bjørkum sum kanska eru bláar (2006).

Photo credit: Bárður Lydersen.