The Wide-Mouthed Frog

In the performance “The Wide-Mouthed Frog” we meet a frog trying to perform a striptease routine for the director of an art hall, but midways it has a breakdown and starts ranting about the struggles of being a frog and and artist in a post-capitalist society. It’s a story about performance art and experience economy, loneliness and capitalism, fetischisation, frogs and sex.

The performance was developed for the opening of CPH Art Week, 2022.

“…And as you know in the art world often they can’t offer you money, but they can offer you a lot of exposure! Too bad the only thing I got exposed to was gonorrhea…

Sorry am I using that word correctly? Exposure? I think the word I was looking for was… Exploitation? Sorry I always mix up the two of them...”

Nikolaj Kunsthal, CPH Art Week, June 2022

Foot Fault
Exhibition + performance

In 1917, the Danish tennis player Leif Rovsing (1887-1977) was banned from all tournaments because rumours about his homosexuality had begun to circulate. During the following years, he tried to contest the decision again and again, but with no luck. Eventually he ended up building his own tennis court that opened its doors in 1921.

“Foot Fault” is a reimagining of Rovsing’s tennis court. It’s an exhibition about rules, sex, queer bodies, (tennis) fields of one’s own, and losing as a form of winning.

KHM Gallery 2, MFA graduation show, June 2021

Copenhagen Contemporary, performance, September 2021

Bed made to look like body
Installation, performance, sound piece

Bed Made to Look Like Body is a performance in the form of a monologue. We follow a person sitting in a hotel room waiting for a date. The waiting person has turned off their phone so that the other person cannot call and cancel. As time goes by, we experience the waiting person’s anxious thoughts, inner monologues and attempt to kill time while the light changes and day turns into night.

When there is no performance, the visitor can experience the work as a sound installation. In this version of the monologue, the ”I” of the work changes into a “you” so that the listener now becomes the waiting person, listening to the sound of their own thoughts told by the objects in the hotel room.

The work was made on the occassion of Nikolaj Kunsthal’s 40 years anniversary show where they invited me to respond to the film Tango (1981) by Zbigniew Rybczyński. The installation is constructed as a stage setting that integrates Rybczyński’sTango  and enters into a dialogue with it through its study of vulnerability, loneliness and dissolution of time.

The title of the work is borrowed from Maggie Nelson’s poem Wheels from her collection of poems Shiner.

Nikolaj Kunsthal, 2021

“Klubb Ergi”, Ergi.XYZ, 2021

Searching for Nigel
Film, installation

Searching for Nigel is an exhibition about love and distance, humans and animals, lost carrier pigeons and messages left on read. It’s a story about how a boy fell in love with a bird and how a bird fell in love with a statue.

The exhibition consists of a group of sculptures, architectonic interventions and a film. The orangerie will be inhabited by gannets with necklaces and drawings on seemingly misted windows. In the ballroom you will be able to watch the central piece of the show: a film mixing documentary and fictional material in a hybrid between a rom-com and a missing people documentary.

The film is based on the story of a group of scientists who tried to start a colony of gannets on Mana Island by luring them in with gannet sculptures in concrete. Only one real gannet arrived at the island, Nigel, who ended up falling in love with one of the concrete sculptures.

A solo show is never a solo show, because no one creates alone. Therefore there's an exhibition within the exhibition. Gannets love giving each other gifts. This photo of a gannet giving a necklace to their partner inspired a similar gesture in the show. I invited a group of friends to make small pieces in the shape of jewellery for the concrete gannets in the show. The artists are: Rebekka Hilmer Heltoft, Therese Bülow, Frederik Albrecht, Anna Walther, Karin Hald and Marie Vedel.

For the opening experience designer M Beydin created a vegan edible sculpture inspired by eggs.

Watch excerpt

Marseille, MANIFESTA, group show curated by The Winter Office, november 2020.

Villa Kultur, Copenhagen, “Searching for Nigel”, September 2021. Supported by Snabslanten, Statens Kunstfond and Det Obelske Familiefond.