DANISH BUTTER COOKIES
Residence of the Ambassador of Iceland
Berlin, May 2018

 

 

 

(Sculptures made out of bronze)

Excerpt from curatorial statement by Cycle http://www.cycle.is/berlin-2018/:

“2018 marks the centennial of Icelandic sovereignty and the festival takes this historical commemoration to task from the perspective of colonial history. In 1918, Iceland was granted sovereignty in its union with The Kingdom of Denmark. That union was subsequently broken by the founding of the Icelandic republic in 1944 – an event which marked the beginning of a long and ongoing process of decolonization in the Northwest Atlantic region where Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland have sought and gained increasing independence from Denmark.”

On the tin-box of the original Danish Butter Cookie brand there are the additional words Royal Dansk (Royal Danish) and an image of the traditional Danish farm Hjemstavnsgaard which roughly translated means “homeland-farm”. In the context of the exhibition Cryptopian States the work addresses the layered meanings between the general notion of a cookie as a harmless snack and the underlying connotations to a “small” but imposing presence of something explicitly Danish.

 

Cryptopian States also featured works by:

Adam Christensen, Aqqalu Berthelsen, Anna Júlía Fridbjörnsdóttir, Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir, Bryndis Bjornsdottir, Edward Fuglø, FRZNTE, Hulda Rós, Halla Mia Ólafsdóttir, Inuk Silis Høegh, Ivalo Frank, Julius von Bismarck + Julian Charrière, Julie Edel Hardenberg, Jeannette Ehlers, Kolbeinn Hugi, Laali Lybert, Libia Castro + Ólafur Ólafsson, Magnus Sigurdarson, Ragnar Kjartansson, Magnea, Pétur Thomsen, SUPERFLEX, Steinunn Gunnlaugsdóttir, Unnar Orn