World Refugee Day på Kunsthal Charlottenborg inkl. indvielse

World Refugee Day på Kunsthal Charlottenborg inkl. indvielse

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World Refugee Day på Kunsthal Charlottenborg inkl. indvielse

Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 16:00

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Tirsdag den 20. juni kl. 16-19 markeres Verdens flygtningedag på Kunsthal Charlottenborg med indvielsen af Ai Weiweis facadeinstallation og et arrangement med taler af bl.a. tidligere formand for FNs generalforsamling Mogens Lykketoft, generalsekretær for Red Barnet Jonas Lindholm, talskvinde for UNHCR i Danmark Elisabeth Arnsdorf Haslund, og den syriske flygtning Rafat Al-hamoud, der har grundlagt House of Humanity.

Under titlen ”World Refugee Day på Kunsthal Charlottenborg” markerer kunsthallen FNs internationale flygtningedag med indvielsen af den internationalt anerkendte kunstner Ai Weiweis nye installation på facaden af Kunsthal Charlottenborg og et arrangement, der sætter fokus på flygtningekrisen i Europa.

Program for World Refugee Day på Kunsthal Charlottenborg:

16.00-16.30 – Talks:
Michael Thouber, dir. Kunsthal Charlottenborg
Luise Faurschou, Curator, Founder ART 2030
Mogens Lykketoft, President of the UN’s 70. Session of the General Assembly
Elisabeth Arnsdorf Haslund, Spokesperson for UNHCR, Danmark
Rafat Al-hamoud, Founder House of Humanity
Jonas Keiding Lindholm, General Secretary Red Barnet

16.30-19.00 - Mad, drinks & dj’s:
Busra fra Venligbohus + Apollo Bar
Turning Tables DJ Massive

De indbudte repræsentanter for hjælpeorganisationerne er indbudt til offentlig debat i kunsthallens gård ud mod Nyhavn. Til arrangementet vil der desuden være mad af kokke fra Syrien, Afghanistan og Irak i samarbejde med Apollo Bar samt musik af NGO’en Turning Tables, der giver unge flygtninge muligheden for at skabe musik og kunst. Derudover vil der i Charlottenborg Art Cinema blive vist The Why Foundations dokumentar 'My Escape', der skildrer to unge drenges flugt fra Syrien til Europa.

Læs mere om Ai Weiweis installation 'Soleil Levant':

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The opening of Ai Weiwei’s (b. 1957 in Beijing, China) new installation, produced specifically for Kunsthal Charlottenborg and Copenhagen, will take place on United Nations International Refugee Day ( 20th June 2017). Named 'Soleil Levant', the installation barricades the windows of Kunsthal Charlottenborg with more than 3500 salvaged life jackets collected from refugees arriving at the Greek Island of Lesbos.

With this installation, Ai Weiwei hopes to bring focus to the refugee crisis currently taking place across Europe. According to UNHCR, 1,377,349 individuals arrived in Europe via sea in 2015 and 2016. In the same period, over 8000 individuals have died or disappeared attempting this journey. It is the wide-spread humanitarian crisis, which Ai Weiwei aims to bring focus on.

The name of the work stems from Claude Monet’s painting 'Impression, Soleil Levant' from 1874, which depicts the harbour in Le Havre at the end of the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian war. Whereas Monet’s landscape painting captures the political and social reality of its time with its cranes, steamboats and industrialisation, Ai Weiwei’s 'Soleil Levant' draws attention to the political and social reality of today through refugee lifejackets.

Ai Weiwei is one of the most respected living artists in the world today. His work – across sculpture, architecture, installations, music, photography and film – always challenge and encourage critical debate. He has previously exhibited at ARoS, Louisiana and Arken in Denmark, where his works are also part of the museums’ permanent collections.

In 2011, Ai Weiwei was detained in China for 81 days without charges and had his passport confiscated. He did not get his passport back from the government until 2015. Since relocating to Berlin following the return of his passport, many of the artist’s latest works focus on the refugee crisis of present-day Europe.

The installation 'Soleil Levant' for Kunsthal Charlottenborg officially opens on United Nations World Refugee Day, (the 20th of June) and will be on view at the facade of Kunsthal Charlottenborg until the 1st October 2017. The project is curated by Luise Faurschou from ART 2030 and Michael Thouber from Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

The project is supported by The Obel Family Fund, Platform A/S and The Danish Arts Foundation.

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