100% Foreign? – touring Denmark
Personal stories in text and image of 300 citizens with refugee background are collected and displayed when 100% FOREIGN? embarks on a tour of 20 towns in 2018-19
TIME & PLACE
19 June-15 July: Dansk Centralbibliotek for Sydslesvig, Flensburg
2018: Roskilde, Sønderborg, Flensburg, Lolland-Falster, Randers, Skagen, Aalborg and Rødovre
2019: Horsens, Aarhus, Viborg, Vejle, Herning, Frøslev-lejren, Aabenraa, Esbjerg, Silkeborg, a.o.
6 April-6 May: Roskilde Kulturstrøg, between Roskilde Bibliotek and Byens Hus
9 May-17 June: The harbour front at Multikulturhuset, Sønderborg
100% FOREIGN? adds a new chapter to Denmark’s history by collecting and displaying personal stories from and about Danish citizens with refugee background – stories about being an individual in today’s Denmark.
100% FOREIGN? is a documentary art project, which by end of 2019 will comprise 300 portraits, 300 interviews and 300 voices belonging to 300 statistically selected citizens, who since 1956 have arrived in Denmark as refugees. Behind the project is Metropolis and curator/photographer Maja Nydal Eriksen.
The exhibition 100% FREMMED? with the first 100 portraits from the greater Copenhagen area was created for Metropolis in 2017. It was shown at Copenhagen Town Hall as well as at several outdoor venues in Copenhagen and was visited by more than 100,000 people.
Thanks to support from Nordea-fonden the exhibition is now set to travel to 20 towns across the country in 2018 and 2019. In each town, 10 portraits of local citizens with refugee background are added to the exhibition. Thus, the history of Denmark is updated with alternative and diverse stories.
Portraits will be added continuously to the living archive on www.100pctfremmed.dk
On its tour around the country, the exhibition is accompanied by some of the people portrayed. They share their stories and lead debates and educational events, all of which add other perspectives and stories to the Danishness debate.
FOREIGN OR DANISH?
It is becoming increasingly difficult to create a story which is characteristic for Denmark, while at the same time promoting the community. Opinion-makers regularly try to capture Danishness through references to certain kinds of food, leisure activities, historical events and Danish landscapes, but we rarely ask those who are at the centre of the debate what they mean. 100% FREMMED? does exactly that.
Thus, the exhibition presents a number of very different stories about living in today’s Denmark. They show how one’s nationality is just one of many reasons to feel foreign, and they focus on what we have in common across social, cultural and national boundaries.
THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE STATISTICS
The people featured in the exhibition have been selected on basis of figures from Statistics Denmark in order to represent the 161,000 people from primarily 29 different countries who have been granted asylum in Denmark during the past 60 years. The oldest participant arrived from Hungary in 1956, and the most recent ones escaped from the civil war in Syria.
The 10 new participants from each town are selected on basis of local statistics. The portraits show the people behind the statistics and they serve to remind us that behind the figures there is an infinite number of fates. The original 100 photos were done with Tivoli as backdrop with Tivoli as a place that connects global and Danish culture.
The 200 new photos will portray the participants in settings characteristic for the 20 towns, often with a cultural/historic influence and connections between the national and the global. For example the Vikingship Museum in Roskilde, the King Christian X Bridge in Sønderborg, and fishermen’s houses in Skagen. In doing so, 100% FREMMED? contributes with a contemporary story about Denmark as a supplement to the traditional depiction of romantic nationalism.
All portraits can be seen on www.100pctfremmed.dk
Produced by Metropolis/Københavns Internationale Teater
Exhibition concept and photos: Maja Nydal Eriksen
Interviews, texts, research: Mette Katrine Balle Jensen and Sisse Nat-George
Exhibition layout: Elisavet Papageorgiou
Tour coordination: Louisa Thorning Blindbæk
Exhibition is supported by Statens Kunstfond, Københavns Kommune, Sportgoodsfonden, Interkulturelt Center and Knud Højgaards Fond
Thanks to Dansk Flygtningehjælp, De Danske Sprogcentre, Rådet for Etniske Minoriteter, Københavns Universitet and VerdensKulturCentret
Tour and activities 2018-19 are supported by Nordea-fonden and the individual municipalities and collaborators.
Follow the project on www.100pctfremmed.dk / #100%fremmed?