Honeycomb Image/Archive Cladding
Eva la Cour & Tinne Zenner
Sound: Alexander Holm
Countries of production: Denmark
Running time: 11’ 30”
Honeycomb is the name of a technique used in facade restoration of marble. In Denmark several buildings worthy of preservation are covered with marble from Greenland, extracted during the interwar period (1930s). Among other buildings is Overformynderiet in Copenhagen.
In the work Honeycomb Image/Archive Cladding, visual artists Eva la Cour and Tinne Zenner juxtapose their own film recordings following the renovation of Overformynderiet in Copenhagen (2019) with Jette Bang’s film recordings from the marble mine in Maarmorilik (1938). The soundscape composed by Alexander Holm, utilizes field and contact microphone recordings from the exterior and interior location of Overformynderiet (2021).
Through an interplay of image, sound and text, the material facade of Overformynderiet is not simply rendered visible as image. Rather, Honeycomb Image / Archive Cladding speculates on the production of images in general, considered as situated layers of geopolitical relations. Not least historical and colonial relations between Greenland and Denmark.
CPH:DOX "The renovation of a 1930s building in Copenhagen becomes an object for reflection on its historical relationship with the marble quarry in Greenland where the marble of the facade originates. In a montage of image, sound and text, Tinne Zenner and Eva La Cour interweave two parallel, but nevertheless closely connected stories, between the monumental building Overformynderiet in Copenhagen, and the Greenlandic marble quarry in Maarmorilik. Documenting the renovation of building’s marble facade in 2019, the exhibition establishes a speculative interplay with forgotten film footage shot by Danish government photographer Jette Bang in Maarmorilik in the 1930s. Zenner and La Cour propose that the production of images can be considered as situated layers of geopolitical relations, through which the building’s facade becomes a concrete materialization of historical and colonial relations in the relationship between Greenland and Denmark.”
POLITIKEN "With this fascinating work of art, Eva la Cour and Tinne Zenner open our eyes to the buildings around us and their history. The focal point is the Overformynderiet in the heart of Copenhagen, whose facade is made of marble from Greenland. Through double exposure of old footage from the Greenlandic marble mine and a restoration work of the building's facade in 2019, the two artists show how geopolitical tensions can be embedded in the very foundation of our surroundings."
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Eva la Cour is a visual artist working with time-based and spatial forms of montage that alternately utilize analog film, video, text and display aesthetic constructions, which often are the effects of lengthy, layered, and investigative processes. Out of an interest in geopolitical problems of representation, the driving force in her work and research is recurrently to demonstrate relations between thinking and image, social process and archive, notions of authenticity and hierarchies of knowledge.
La Cour is a graduate from the Jutland Academy of Fine Arts (2010) and of media and visual anthropology at the Freie Universität in Berlin (2012), and currently finishing the artistic practice-based doctoral research, Geo-aesthetical Discontent: Svalbard, The Guide and Post-Future Essayism, at HDK-Valand, Gothenburg University, SE.
Tinne Zenner is a visual artist, filmmaker and programmer based in Copenhagen. She holds an MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2016). Working with analogue film, 3D renderings and spatial installation, her work moves between the cinema and exhibition space while exploring the structures, in which layers of history, politics and collective memory are embedded. In recent years, her work has been actively and critically engaged with the physical and cultural traces of the Danish colonial past and present in Greenland. Her films have been shown at a number of international film festivals including New York Film Festival, CPH:DOX, Courtisane, Oberhausen, EMAF, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Image Forum Tokyo and EXiS, and her installation work exhibited at museums and galleries internationally. Zenner is a member of the film collectives Sharna Pax and Terrassen, both engaging with the social life of film, and works as a programmer for EMAF - European Media Arts Festival.