The Danish Pavillion in Venice

The exhibition ”Influenza. Theatre of glowing darkness” opens at the Danish Pavillion, and will run during the 57th international art exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. -Influenza is for me a metaphor for the 21st century condition. We are weakened because we only leave ourselves close to the light and avoid the darkness. But too much light exudes us and we need the regenerating energy of darkness. The dark dissolves boundaries and makes transformation possible. We need the darkness to create visions to shape our common future, Kirstine Roepstorff explains about her work. The work consists of a theatre that lasts for 32 minutes, and a structural installation in the Danish Pavilion and surrounding gardens. Windows and walls are removed so there are no boundaries between the interior and exterior, culture and nature, art and the world. Large concrete sculptures break the usual space course. In this part of the exhibition you will find the 7.5 meters long tapestry “Renaissance of the Night”. With the support of Danish Kvadrat, Kirstine Roepstorff created the tapestry that was handcrafted over seven months by three of Europe’s most skilled traditional weavers. Tapestries traditionally served as a recording of important events, and is one of the oldest forms of storytelling, The fabric symbolically interweaves the cycles of humanity and events, interconnecting life and the cosmos. The exhibition takes place at The Danish Pavilion
 Giardini di Castello until November 26. Kirstine Roepstorff (born 1972) is educated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. She lives and works today in Fredericia. Photo: Anders Sune Berg.

 

 

 

“The theater of glowing darkness ” invites the audience to enter into the mysterious darkness of Kirstine Roepstorff: In a scenography of glass and light projections, a dialogue takes place between three female figures: Dark River, Midwife and Seed. Here the dark is explored as a place filled with potential, where the natural cycle between life and death provides room for transformation. The theater installation of the glowing darkness lasts 32 minutes.

The exhibition also consists of a structural installation in the Danish Pavilion and surrounding gardens. Windows and walls are removed so there are no boundaries between the interior and exterior, culture and nature, art and the world. Large concrete sculptures break the usual space course.

As a part of the exhibition you will find the 7.5 meters long tapestry “Renaissance of the Night”. With the support of Danish Kvadrat, Kirstine Roepstorff created the tapestry that was handcrafted over seven months by three of Europe’s most skilled traditional weavers. Tapestries traditionally served as a recording of important events, and is one of the oldest forms of storytelling, The fabric symbolically interweaves the cycles of humanity and events, interconnecting life and the cosmos.