REVIEW, A Shipload of Women's Memories
From the 4. April to 4. June 2018, The exhibition "Two Stations" Nordic Contemporary Art Exhibition in Xiamen, i Kina. Benthe is participating with: LIFE-BOATS – A sailing sculptural installation in concrete by Marit Benthe Norheim. A film by Lars Hegndal, with music by Tonje Terese a.k.a. MIRRORship.
From Oxford University Press, migration studies, written by Kathy Davis, who is a highly recognized gender research journalist and editor of the European Journal of Women's Studies, the most recognized gender research magazine in Europe.
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The book shows how traveling across borders can also be enriching as long as connections are maintained with families and cultures. More generally, the stories of the interviewed women indicate how mobility can promote an understanding of differences and help develop tolerance within cultures, more generally.
This book is a good illustration of what contemporary social theory on mobility might gain from a biographical perspective. We clearly need theoretical frameworks that attend to the ways migrants, often with great creativity, manage the apparent contradictions of belonging and not belonging, while finding ways to live viable lives ‘in-between’ cultures. And, finally, the addition of Norheim’s reflections as an artist on the women’s stories provides insight into the emotional dimension of belonging in ways that a straightforward sociological analysis cannot. She used her impressions of the interviewed women to create a figurehead that would capture the essence of their life story.
The book is, therefore, an example of how the use of imagination, empathy, and creativity necessary for producing an artwork that can enhance the narrative approach favored by biographical researchers. A Shipload of Women’s Memories. Narratives across Borders is a ‘must-read’ for anyone interested in migration, mobility and displacement; gender and its intersections of age,class, ethnicity, and national belonging; and life-stories as methodology. It offers a memorable journey into the lives of some extraordinary women. And, last but not least, it will leave readers longing to see the Life-boats for themselves, as they continue on their voyages throughout Europe.
THE EXHIBITION CAN BE SEEN FROM 22/1 - 23/4 2017
EXHIBITION OPENING JANUARY 22, AT 2 PM.
The exhibition portrays 18 women whose stories have in common is that they are over 70 years and have lived 'borderless'. Preparatory to the symbolic galionsfigurportrætter on the back of My ship is loaded with memories is part of Marit Benthe Norheim sailing work of art Life-boats. There will also be film about the project by Lars Hegndal and soundscapes by composer Geir Johnson for Life-boats.The exhibition opens with speeches by Dr. Phil. art historian and 'instrumental' Else Marie Bukdahl and Alderman Rabih Azad-Ahmad, Aarhus City Council.Project Life-boats is part of Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture.
BOOK LAUNCH AT 11 PM.
In connection with the opening of the exhibition we will launch the English version of the book about figureheads: A Ship Load of Women's Memories. Narratives across Borders.
the sociology professor Ann-Dorte Christensen, Aalborg University and artist Marit Benthe Norheim.A Ship Load of Women's Memories. Narratives across Borders from Aalborg University PressThe book is based on 18 life stories as customs by women over the age of 70 with roots in 27 different Norden. Each story is analyseres as a unique account of individual erfarenheter with strength, pain and love. The stories are, at the same time, a source of knowledge about major events in society over the past decades where flight, migration and encounters mellom different cultures havebeen a condition of life for many.
Speech by Danish Cultural minister Marianne Jelved at the Art Center Silkeborg Bad
PRESS CONFERENCE: Aarhus presents major cultural flagship. Life-boats will
be ambassadors for the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 in Denmark and the rest of Europe.
Rainbow BunkerLove Festival 2014, d. 6. July in Hirtshals from 15.00-22.00.
Marit Benthe Norheim in collaboration with Sigrid Norheim Ørntoft and Lars Hegndal with the exhibition ”Ruth” A work featuring sculpture, video and dance telling the story of Ruth, the daughter of a German policeman during WWII. Ruth is one of the figurerheads to “My ship is loaded with Memories” http://bunkerlove.com/hirtshals2014/
Campingwomen are in this year of Science in the City Festival in Copenhagen, where they are presented under the title: Experience and learning: The installation CampingWomen as a mobile ArtLab, Here they can be seen and experienced on the 21 June.
- UNDER CONSTRUCTION
- A sailing sculptural installation in concrete
I am working towards creating three sculptures in concrete which will become functioning boats, shaped as female figures. They will be 12m in length and rise 3m over the surface of the water.
”Life-boats” will sail from Denmark, out onto the European canals, (including the Nordic ones) which naturally lead the ships through the heart of the European cities that are built up around the old waterways
The sculptural group, Life - boats will comprise three female boats, where the preliminary overriding theme will be woman in the three phases of life;
The Life-boats project is about meetings – about exchange – about receiving foreign expressions – about daring to move into unknown territory and opening up into ”intimate spheres”.
A DANISH DISSEMINATION AND CULTURE AWARD
The Artbeat award is an annual award, which is presented to a person or a project in the cultural life that has distinguished itself by combining the artistic innovation with the forward-thinking dissemination of art
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