Danish Butter Cookies
18 bronze sculptures
Part of Exhibition Cryptopian States
Curated by Jonatan Habib Engqvist
Residence of the Ambassador of Iceland to Germany
Berlin, May 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the context of an exhibition addressing Icelandic sovereignty from Denmark, the bronze sculptures that resemble Danish Butter Cookies have a toned down subtle presence – at first glance they look small and rather innocent and simultaneously they symbolically carry the potential of echoing the less harmless and fractured past between Iceland and Denmark.

Excerpt from curatorial statement by Cycle (organizer of the exhibition) 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.”

 

Other participating Artists:

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