Six artists selected for Residency To-Go 2023

From 1 October 2023, AHC welcomes Jonas Kjeldgaard Sørensen, Yujin Jung, Banaan Al-Nasser, Jean Marc Routhier, Mette Rasmussen and Rasmus Søndergaard Johannsen to Residency To-Go.

From top left: Banaan Al-Nasser: Bab Al-Hara (The Neighborhood’s Gate), 2018. Jean Marc Routhier: abolish it, 2019. Rasmus Søndergaard Johannsen: Patterns, 2021. Photo: Mathias Völzke. Mette Ramussen: Skovnisse vejrer Kvindekød, 2021. Photo: David Stjernholm. Jonas Kjeldgaard Sørensen: BLØD, 2021. Photo: Ard Jongsma. Yujin Jung: Intervals #2: The rhyme of memory and time, 2022. Photo: Mads Holm

AHC’s Residency To-Go is a residency that takes place in the artist’s own studio and is organized so that it is possible to participate, regardless of where in the country you live. This means that the program is only for visual artists who already have their own studio, but want sparring and support to develop their practice as an artist.

From 1 October 2023, AHC welcomes six new artists. The artists are:

Jonas Kjeldgaard Sørensen, Yujin Jung, Banaan Al-Nasser, Jean Marc Routhier, Mette Rasmussen, and Rasmus Søndergaard Johannsen.

The six are all based in different places in Denmark and will be part of a five-month program, a significant part of which consists of networking, sparring sessions with curators and mentors, based in Denmark and Skåne, as well as sparring with AHC’s artistic director and an advisory session with an art consultant.

The artists have been chosen on the basis of an open call by a jury, consisting of visual artist and curator Anna Margrethe Pedersen, museum inspector at Horsens Kunstmuseum Julie Horne Møller and curator at AHC Marie Braad Larsen.

Read their jury statements below:

“It has been incredibly exciting to assess the many qualified applications for Art Hub Copenhagen’s residency program To-Go 2023-2024. It was a great eye-opener to learn how much artistic potential lies right in front of us out there, both in Copenhagen, but also nationwide, where we see exciting artistic practices and processes all over the country.

The selected group of artists is primarily chosen on the basis of the individual’s artistic potential and project, but in addition we had no doubts about the overall group’s development potential and how much the group can give each other in the form of sparring and exchange of work processes.”

Jonas Kjeldgaard Sørensen has been chosen for the residency on the basis of his approach to the performative field. Kjeldgaard Sørensen’s thinking is both exciting and relevant in the contemporary artistic landscape. In a space between reality and fantasy, he manages to make the viewer stop and dwell on his work, which displaces the familiar and at the same time invites the viewer inside. We look forward to following Kjeldgaard Sørensen’s development and working through the residency period.

Rasmus Søndergaard Johannsen works across media such as sculpture and installation. Based on the possibilities of the materials, he is concerned with transformation and the historical context. Rasmus Søndergaard Johannsen graduated from the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main and, after a number of years in Germany, has recently returned home to his home region of Thy, where, in addition to focusing on his own art practice, he has also started and runs the exhibition venue Kunsthal Thy. An art gallery with a local, national and international perspective that plays off Søndergaard Johannsen’s background and field of interest – a work with a curatorial eye and international network which, the jury is sure, can contribute positively to the group’s dynamics.

Banaan Al-Nasser works with some of the very big questions about culture, identity and social strata in a reflective, poetic and distinctive way. Everyday objects are transformed and given a new charged symbolic value, which is based on more than one world view and helps to give her artistic project both depth and a global outlook. Al-Nasser graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Arts, but like many other artists has moved out of the capital in order to have time and space for their artistic practice. The jury believes that Al-Nasser has a lot to give to the group in terms of her methodology and anthropological perspective, which opens up complex subject areas of a political and activist nature.

Mette Rasmussen’s practice stems from drawing, printing and sculpture as an aesthetic and craftsmanship skill that intertwines past and present. Here, with a special interest in Nordic mythology and folk art, she manages to create works that are both romantic and sad at the same time. Rasmussen’s expression is very unique and full of creative joy. The jury completely agrees that Rasmussen will be a welcome and valuable member of the artist group.

Jean Marc Routhier has been selected for the residency on the basis of his approach to different media, where he constantly pushes the boundaries of his own artistic practice and is not afraid to delve into complex questions of cultural appropriation and authenticity in our modern world. Routhier works in an exciting field between politics, culture and art. Most recently, he has worked with how authentic symbols and markers are reused in contemporary contexts, where they are often detached from their original meaning.

Yujin Jung’s practice is centered around matriarchal society and their invisible work, linguistic knowledge, and history. She works in an intersection between anthropology, life sciences, politics, and art through primarily visual media such as video, sound archives, and audiovisual installations. Jung’s aesthetics and artistic method are highly developed despite her young years, and the jury therefore believes that Jung will be an important voice in the group.

Residency To-Go was previously offered and managed by Bikubenfonden under the title Atelier program TO GO, but has now been taken over by Art Hub Copenhagen.

Read more about Residency To-Go here.

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