Brandts - Museum of Art and Visual Culture

With newspaper cuttings, fabric, photographs, embroidery, glitter, and yarn glued layer-on-layer, Kirstine Roepstorff’s images are every restorer’s nightmare. But the visual universes created by using materials from very different contexts are unusually challenging to explore, as you will find hidden existential discussions in between the many material layers.

“Appropria-arrangements”
Roepstorff’s preferred media are painting and collage, which she explores in a both innovative and original way. She calls her collages ‘appropria-arrangements’, the works consist of visual materials such as newspapers, books and magazines which the artist puts together in new ways.

Nuit : Sun. forms of beneath
For the exhibition at Kunsthallen Brandts Roepstorff presents seven series, created in the period from 2006 to 2009: One Hand, The King is Dead, Where the World Wander – The Road to Excelsior, Rocks, It’s Not the Eye of the Needle that Changed, History of Anthropology and Humankind and Rainbows.

The seven series show the scope of her artistic spectrum, and in the works on show she discusses topics such as gender- and power politics, sociality, individual versus society, our common history and collective memory.

Primary forms
“In this exhibition, where I present seven series of collages, the first term that springs to mind is primordial forms – regarded as a somewhat abstract term: It can either be a concrete object, such as the rock or the king, or it can be an energy in the form of a feeling or the presence of a particular sensibility such as joy, sorrow, anger, or jealousy which, in me, can become a shape or an entity. I work by collecting what I regard as forms from our shared image bank, our common historical frame of reference and then process them, shoot at them from different angles. I comment on the images which represent our primordial emotions”. (Kirstine Roepstorff, interview by Christine Buhl Andersen, KØS, in the exhibition catalogue)

About the artist
Kirstine Roepstorff (b. 1972) is among Denmark’s most important, younger artists. In recent years she has positioned herself as one of her generation’s most significant and has early on established an international career. It is the first time Kirstine Roepstorff exhibits at a larger scale in Denmark.

Kirstine Roepstorff graduated from The Royal Danish Art Academy in 2001. She lives and works in Berlin.

Kunsthallen Brandts