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Opening of the exhibition Insel Geist by Emilie Bausager on Friday 7 May at 15-18
Imagine a place you have never been.
This is the task of the tourist: to gather information about an unknown place and from there imagine a landscape in which future actions can be planned. Until the tourist sets foot in
the reason for the destination, the tourist travels in his thoughts in a landscape where geological, botanical and historical information forms the paths, and the routes are planned according to subconscious notions. The tourist arrives and the terrain seems different. It is now shaped after the tourist.
Emilie Bausager is a Danish-English visual artist, educated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Visual Schools and from The English Gardening School. She lives in Copenhagen. Her starting point for making an exhibition on Bornholm is thus the same as that of the tourist: she has read about the place and formed performances in advance. But especially for the destination Bornholm is that the rocky island’s subsoil is populated by an army of mythological creatures – ‘the underground’ – whose task is to protect the island from aliens.
In the exhibition Insel Geistby Emilie Bausager, the exhibition venue Sol in Nexø will take the form of an inverted tourist shop with objects of a souvenir-like character, created by the tourist. The artist is aware of his own point of view as ‘guides’: one who comes ‘from above’ – and tries from this position to create a series of works based on the information available when researching Bornholm as a tourist destination. Two charred wooden reliefs, the motifs of which connect to the subsoil, lie on the floor, while a series of illustrated t-shirts are displayed on the wall. In these illustrations, the artist tries to translate performances and knowledge about different locations on East Bornholm. The room is lit by lanterns made of cans and bottles found at Nexø Harbor. It is said that the underground can be recognized in the darkness of the lanterns they carry in their hands.
For the exhibition, Emilie Bausager has made a publication in the form of a tourist guide. Based in the area around Nexø, the tourist guide contains walking routes past places found in handed down stories. These hiking routes are organized in collaboration with the local anthropologist Lars Christian Kofoed Rømer. The tourist guide also contains parts of the artist’s research on Bornholm, various interactive elements and text contributions from the artists Mitko Mitkov and Anna Ørberg. The publication thus introduces visitors to the exhibition into the local cultural history’s handed down cultural history and allows the physical walk to be combined with a literary journey to new destinations.
Insel Geist is curated and organized by visual artists Signe Boe and Sofie Amalie Andersen for the exhibition space Sol. The exhibition is supported by the Statens Kunstfond, Øernes Kunstfond, Det Obelske Familie Fond and Møbelfabrikken in Nexø.