It was in 1997, when we were about to collect images for the exhibition ‘Meanwhile’ sponsored by Danish NGO DanChurchAid.
Mikkel Østergaard was commissioned to do Israel and the occupied territories and one day he sent me this photograph that I have kept ever since. Sitting in a beduin camp on the West Bank he composed an image of his two Leicas (not sure about the third camera), his Ray Bans and his vintage sample of the catalogue from the famous 1955-exhibition ‘Family of Man’.
Especially ‘Family of Man’ was the inspiration for us. We were all grown up with that in our house, maybe this was what inspired us to get into Photography.
The exhibition came up in early 1998 in Photographic Centre, back then created by Lars Schwander. The catalogue for the Meanwhile exhibition has been out of print for many years. I have however the last few samples at home…
Calais is a video and sound work by Eva Koch created for Auguste Rodin’s dramatic sculptural group The Burghers of Calais (the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen) in 2010.
Rodin’s work is an interpretation of the legend about the 6 leading citizens of Calais who in 1347 offered to sacrifice themselves in order to save their fellow citizens during the English siege of the city.
Basically, by juxtaposing the sculture and contemporary evidence of life in Calais today Eva Koch created an interesting piece of artwork.
I made this small video of the installation as a sort of meta observation: the sculture, the video – and how the public interacted with her work.
You can view ‘Eva Koch and The Burghers of Calais’ in HD on Vimeo.