FRESH EYES - International artists Rethink Aarhus

FRESH EYES - International Artists Rethink Aarhus was a collaboration between Galleri Image and Aarhus Centre for Literature. The project resulted in an amazing art book, photo and text installations in the urban spaces in the vicinity of Galleri Image, an exhibition in Galleri Image, readings, and guided walks .
Exhibition duration:
12-10-2017 - 29-10-2017
Photography, Installation & Literature
FRESH EYES - International artists Rethink Aarhus
FRESH EYES - International Artists Rethink Aarhus was an art project focused on photography, literature, and urban space. Since 2013, internationally renowned artists from Europe, Asia, and Africa have visited Aarhus to draw inspiration from the city, which has lead to a wide range of photographic and literary interpretations of life in the city. FRESH EYES was a collaboration between Galleri Image and the Aarhus Centre for Literature. 

From October 12th - October 29th 2017 all the contributions was be on public display in a creative and innovative exhibition in the heart of Aarhus. The exhibition was part of the official Aarhus 2017 - European Capital of Culture programme as well as an occasion to celebrate Galleri Image's 40th anniversary. 

On Thursday October 12th at 4 pm to 6 pm the opening of the exhibition took place. The curator Gitte Broeng held the opening speech, author Andri Snær Magnason did a reading, and there was a guided tour of the art works.  

In connection with the exhibition, Galleri Image and the Aarhus Centre for Literature published a spectacular art book that was also launched on October 12th, 2017. In this book, the many photographic works and pieces of literature was presented side by side in order to complement each other in an innovative, artistic representation of Aarhus. During the exhibition period, Galleri Image functioned as an information hub for the project and urban installation as well as the starting point for guided walks.

The project was initiated in 2013 and was concluded with the public exhibition and book launch in October 2017. Between 2013 and 2016, eleven international photo artists and seven writers have been on residencies in Aarhus. Here, they have experienced the city on their own and engaged in dialogue with local citizens in order to create an artistic interpretation or rethinking of the city.   

Participating photo artists:

Tom Lovelace (UK)
Inês d’Orey (PT)
Miriam O’Connor (IE)
Thomas Kellner (DE)
Maja Ingerslev (DK)
Markus Henttonen (FI)
Hyun-jin Kwak (KR/SE)
LiuJin (CN)
Rana ElNemr (EG)
Anushree Fadnavis (IN)
Teresa Meka (GH)

Participating writers:
Jacques Jouet (FR)
Niviaq Korneliussen (GL)
Andri Snær Magnason (IS)
Carl Jóhan Jensen (FO)
Tsitsi Dangarembga (ZW)
Abdellah Taïa (MA)
Amitabha Bagchi (IN)

The public exhibition in 2017 was curated by artist and writer Gitte Broeng. Lasse Krog Møller, artist and independent publisher, was responsible for the graphic design of the art book FRESH EYES. 

In connection with the FRESH EYES project, Galleri Image and the Aarhus Centre for Literature had organised two seminars in collaboration with the Aarhus Centre for Visual Art: FRESH EYES on Urban Space on November 19th 2015 and FRESH EYES on Art and Literature in the Public Space on November 25th 2016. 

To read more about the individual artists follow the project's Facebook page here:

FRESH EYES was 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.

Photography: Miriam O'Connor: Exclusive Perspective from: Something To Write Home About, 2017