Honeycomb Image/Archive Cladding
Collaboration with Eva la Cour

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, utilises 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.

Year: 2022
Sound: Alexander Holm 
Countries of production: Denmark 
Running time: 11’ 30”

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."

Installation version: Møstings Hus, 2020
Documentation: David Stjernholm