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About Fresh Eyes

FRESH EYES – International Artists Rethink Aarhus is a collaboration between Galleri Image and Aarhus Centre for Literature. The art project focuses on how photography and literature can be used to rethink and interpret urban space. Since 2013, eleven international photographers and seven authors have visited Aarhus. Here they explored the city and entered into dialogue with its inhabitants. Afterwards, each artist has made their own artistic bid on how to rethink Aarhus based on their experiences.  

On October 12th – 29th 2017, the project reaches its peak in an urban space exhibition with the artists’ contributions. The exhibition is curated by artist and author Gitte Broeng and is a part of Aarhus 2017’s official programme, as well as an occasion to celebrate Galleri Image's 40th anniversary. In connection to the exhibition, the literary and visual art works will also be published in an art book. Here the photographs and texts will stand side by side and supplement each other in their innovative, artistic presentations of Aarhus.  

Seminars:
On November 19th 2015, Galleri Image and the Aarhus Center for Literature conducted the seminar FRESH EYES on Urban Space in collaboration with Aarhus Center for Visual Art. The seminar presented acclaimed international speakers. There were presentations by photographers, writers, and architectual researchers, who in collaboration examined the relationship of art with the city and its space. Amongst other things, the seminar addressed the hidden potentials and tensions in the physical urban spaces.

On Friday November 25th 2016, Galleri Image, the Aarhus Centre for Literature, and the Aarhus Center for Visual Art hosted the open seminar FRESH EYES on Art and Literature in the Public Space at Godsbanen in Aarhus. The seminar addressed how everything from municipal art projects to graffiti and poems on gables have an impact on our perception of urban spaces, and how the city can be utilised for artistic purposes. 

FRESH EYES is generously supported by:
Aarhus 2017, City of Aarhus, the Nordic Culture Fund, Bikuben Foundation, The Danish Centre for Culture and Development, Grosserer L. F. Foghts Fond, Institut Français du Danemark, Camões Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua Portugal, Færøernes Kulturfond, Icelandic Literature Centre, FarLit, the Stibo Foundation, and the Danish Arts Foundation.

Photo by Miriam O'Connor, Exclusive Perspective, 2017.