Silent Things

 

How do we become, who we are? How is our moral compass installed in us? I am much more than my DNA and my family tree; I also carry the traces of society and all of society’s things.

 

Society, culture, and upbringing are the spheres, where the group shapes the individual.

 

What initially shaped the final works was the story of “The Good German”, Georg F. Duckwitz, who was a resident of the archive building in the years 1941-53.

 

Today, we know for his role in the escape of 7000 Danish Jews to Sweden. This is a controversial matter. Not everybody is equally convinced of Duckwitz’ contributions during the war.

 

He must have been in the most difficult negotiations of his identity during and after the occupation. I can only begin to imagine, how dangerous each word might be.

 

This led me to other findings that tell the story of how we install moral and ethics in children and adolescents during our intimate and social upbringing: in babtism dresses, in images for bible studies, in personal photo albums and much more.

Silent Things

 

Hvordan bliver vi til dem, vi er? Hvor kommer vores moralske kompas fra? Jeg er meget andet end mine gener og mit stamtræ, jeg er også skabt af samfundet og alle samfundets opdragende ting.

 

Samfund, åndsfællesskab, kulturkreds, opdragelse, ordene for gruppens påvirkning af individet er mange.

 

Værkerne blev skabt med inspiration fra historien om “Den gode tysker”, Georg F. Duckwitz, som boede i arkivbygningen i årene 1941-53.

 

I dag kender vi ham for hans rolle i 7000 danske jøders flugt til Sverige. Det er dog en kontroversiel historie, og ikke alle er lige overbeviste om Duckwitz’ indsats under krigen.

 

Han må have været i en voldsomt vanskelig forhandling af sin identitet under og efter besættelsen. Jeg kan dårligt forestille mig, hvor farligt hvert ord må have været.

 

I forlængelse af denne historie fandt jeg mange andre ting i arkivet, som fik mig til at tænke over, hvordan vi videregiver etik og moral i vores børn og unge igennem den hjemlige, kropslige og sociale opdragelse: Igennem dåbskjoler, i bibelanskuelsesbilleder, i familiealbums og meget mere.

PHOTOGRAPHS

 

2017

 

 

Photographic exploration of Lyngby-Taarbæk city archive.

 

 

Shown at
Lyngby-Taarbæk Stadsarkiv

 

 

Slide film works were created with the kind help and equipment of Jens Lyk-Jensen.
PHOTOGRAPHS

 

2017

 

Photographic exploration of Lyngby-Taarbæk city archive.

 

Shown at
Lyngby-Taarbæk Stadsarkiv
Silent Things

 

How do we become, who we are? How is our moral compass installed in us? I am much more than my DNA and my family tree; I also carry the traces of society and all of society’s things.

 

Society, åndsfællesskab, kulturkreds, upbringing, the words for how the group shapes the individual are many.

 

What initially shaped the final works was the story of “The Good German”, Georg F. Duckwitz, who was a resident of the archive building in the years 1941-53.

 

Today, we know for his role in the escape of 7000 Danish Jews to Sweden. This is a controversial matter. Not everybody is equally convinced of Duckwitz’ contributions during the war.

 

He must have been in the most difficult negotiations of his identity during and after the occupation. I can only begin to imagine, how dangerous each word might be.

 

This led me to other findings that tell the story of how we install moral and ethics in children and adolescents during our intimate and social upbringing: in babtism dresses, in images for bible studies, in personal photo albums and much more.

Silent Things

 

Hvordan bliver vi til dem, vi er? Hvor kommer vores moralske kompas fra? Jeg er meget andet end mine gener og mit stamtræ, jeg er også skabt af samfundet og alle samfundets opdragende ting.

 

Samfund, åndsfællesskab, kulturkreds, opdragelse, ordene for gruppens påvirkning af individet er mange.

 

Værkerne blev skabt med inspiration fra historien om “Den gode tysker”, Georg F. Duckwitz, som boede i arkivbygningen i årene 1941-53.

 

I dag kender vi ham for hans rolle i 7000 danske jøders flugt til Sverige. Det er dog en kontroversiel historie, og ikke alle er lige overbeviste om Duckwitz’ indsats under krigen.

 

Han må have været i en voldsomt vanskelig forhandling af sin identitet under og efter besættelsen. Jeg kan dårligt forestille mig, hvor farligt hvert ord må have været.

 

I forlængelse af denne historie fandt jeg mange andre ting i arkivet, som fik mig til at tænke over, hvordan vi videregiver etik og moral i vores børn og unge igennem den hjemlige, kropslige og sociale opdragelse: Igennem dåbskjoler, i bibelanskuelsesbilleder, i familiealbums og meget mere.

Wittness

In relation to “Silent Things, I developed new works with large format slide film used as photographic objects. Some of these where placed in repurposed montres from the city archives collection. Here, Slide film and prints of archival materials and observations from the archive building were placed.

 

Link til the Wittness series