History of Violence by Peter Brandt

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History of Violence by Peter Brandt

From August 20, 2021 16:00 to October 10, 2021 17:00


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History of Violence by Peter Brandt

Galleri Image presents the exhibition History of Violence by the Danish visual artist Peter Brandt. Exhibition opening: 20 August 4-6 pm

In History of Violence, Peter Brandt explores relations between violence, trauma, and gender. The main characters of the exhibition are the Italian filmdirector, author and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini and Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta, who both died under mysterious circumstances. Pasolini was murdered on a beach in Ostia in 1975 and in 1985, Mendieta "fell out" of the window of a 34th-floor apartment in New York.

Pasolini is best known for his film Saló, or the 120 Days in Sodom, and Mendieta for her “earth-body” works. Althouth the two main characters of the exhibition never met, Peter Brandt connects them, not only by their deaths, but also through their artistic practices, which respectively often dealt with violence and the body.

Based on extensive research in Rome, Ostia, and Bologna and with the Pasolini crime scene as a starting point, the exhibition will examine traces of violence and trauma, materialized in a form of hybrid works between different bodies, narratives and art practices. Brandt produces new works for the exhibition that will use performative actions, archive material, text, photography, video, and textile works.

In conjunction with the exhibition Galleri Image in collaboration with Kunsthal Aarhus will organize the seminar Traces of violence, trauma and gender in History of Violence at Kunsthal Aarhus on 25 September from 2 pm to 4.30 pm. Free entrance. 
At the seminar curator and art critic Jeppe Ugelvig will make a presentation about The Forensic Aesthetics of Trauma and visual artist and researcher Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld will present her subject The Rematerialisation of Trauma: A Dialogue on Love. Afterwards they will both participate in a discussion with Peter Brandt about his work with violence, trauma and gender in his current project, as well as in his previous art works. Visual artist Selini Halvadaki will be the moderater of the seminar.
Kunsthal Aarhus, J. M. Mørks Gade 13, 8000 Aarhus.
The seminar is in English.

Peter Brandt at DOKK1
In connection to the exhibition Brandt will show the video I did not invite you into my body (2018) at DOKK1 in the periode 24 September - 10 October in the Department of Non-fiction. The video deals with sexual violence and has previously been shown in London and Paris, and will now be shown for the first time in Denmark.
DOKK1, Hack Kampmanns Plads 2, 8000 Aarhus.

About the Artist 
Peter Brandt (b. 1966) is a Danish visual artist based in Copenhagen. He studied at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. His artistic practice is influenced by feminist strategies, trauma theory, the use of his own body, and he often refers to other artists. In 2020 the book No Safe Place was published by Really Simple Syndication Press and in the same year, he received the Danish Arts Foundation’s three-year working grant. 

The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, The A.P. Møller Foundation, the city of Aarhus, The William Demant Foundation, The Agency for Culture and Palaces, and the Augustinus Foundation.