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SMK Fridays: What Lies Unspoken / Mark Leckey

Date: 5. may. 2017
Time: 16:00 - 22:00
Price: Free

SMK Fridays is the thinking man’s Friday night event, mixing art, talks, music and drinks to give you a very different kind of after-hours museum experience.

The first part of this SMK Fridays event celebrates the opening of the exhibition What Lies Unspoken, which focuses on Denmark’s past as a colonial power. 

The second part of the evening is dedicated to the all-new exhibition in x-rummet featuring British contemporary artist Mark Leckey. 

An Unfinished Conversation
Under the common heading An Unfinished Conversation we invite you to listen and take part in three conversations about objects from the archives at SMK, the Royal Library in Copenhagen and the Danish National Archives; objects that can tell us something about Denmark’s past as a colonial power:

Conversation 1: Curator Henrik Holm invites audiences to join him for a conversation about Jens Juel’s monumental painting of the Ryberg family in the SMK collections. A painting where everything seems perfectly idyllic at first glance, but which also testifies to Denmark’s colonial past in the Danish West Indies.

Conversation 2: Research librarian Mette Kia Krabbe Meyer from the Royal Library in Copenhagen invites you to take part in a conversation about family photographs taken by Danes in the former Danish West Indies. Listen as three speakers offer their take on the issue: Anne Walbom, chairman of the Danish West Indian Society; Gunvor Simonsen, associate professor of history; and Mette Sandbye, professor of photography studies.

Conversation 3: Art historian and PhD Temi Odumosu from the Living Archives project at Malmö University has invited artists Yong Sun Gullach and Miriam Firesewra Berhane Haile to speak about the 25 million-dollar check that Denmark received when the Danish West Indies were transferred to the USA.

Art talks and walking tours
The exhibition is officially opened at 16.00 with speeches and will stay open all evening. At various intervals during the evening you can join us for brief introductions and art talks inside the exhibition. What is more, the storytellers from Another Copenhagen will arrange miniature “walking tours” of the What Lies Unspoken display about Danish colonial rule.

The people behind Marronage will present a talk to accompany the exhibition. Marronage is an activist journal dedicated to exposing and highlighting Western repression of its colonial past – including Denmark’s.

The Copenhagen Main Library takes over the Cinema 
The Kbh Læser (Copenhagen Reads) initiative takes over the SMK cinema for the evening. From 17.30 to 18.00 and again from 18.30 to 19.00 you can meet the writers Lone Aburas, Aydin Soei, and the group Marronage in the cinema. They will present a joint reading that focuses on individual and specific stories that can all be viewed in light of Denmark’s (and the world’s) colonial history.

Mark Leckey
Explore the newly opened exhibition He Thrusts his Fists against the Posts but Still Insists he Sees the Ghosts by British artist Mark Leckey. We also screen Leckey’s video work Dream English Kid 1964-1999AD from 2016. Curator Marianne Torp offers an introduction to the exhibition. 

SMK Fridays continues on Saturday
In an exciting departure from our usual scheduling, SMK Fridays continues into the weekend. On Saturday 6 May we join the Copenhagen Architecture Festival in inviting you to continue your SMK Fridays experience at the Royal Cast Collection in Toldbodsgade.

Read more about the event and buy your tickets here

The exhibition What Lies Unspoken and this instalment of SMK Fridays were created in co-operation with the Royal Library of Copenhagen and the Malmö University research project Living Archives. Another Copenhagen’s walking tours are presented in co-operation with the Copenhagen Architecture Festival, CAFx. What Lies Unspoken is sponsored by the Nordea Foundation and is part of the Historier om Danmark initiative.

SMK Fridays is sponsored by the Bikuben Foundation.

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