North Coast Art Triennale

22 JUN – 22 SEP 2019
North Coast Art Triennale / Heritage

Sjælland, Denmark

At the 2019 North Coast Art Triennal, artists from Denmark and the other Nordic countries will explore the regional, historic and specific conceptual qualities of the term heritage based on the new Kongernes Nordsjælland (Royal North Sjælland) National Park and the diversity of cultural history that is embedded there. Based on this, the artists will create numerous artworks for the specific sites in interaction and exchange with the residents and with the collaboration and dialogue partners of Gribskov’s arts and cultural institutions.

The Art Triennial is therefore an artistic voyage through time and space, and anyone armed with the exhibition guide can find their own route and discover the area’s special heritage and places.

0.1ha, 2019

The work produced for the Triennial is a work where a forest area is framed by a white border. The border can be walked on and is placed slighly elevated from the ground. If all the public forests in Denmark were divided equally among the inhabitants of the country, each person would receive 0.1 hectares, which corresponds to an area of 31 x 31 metres. Axel Antas uses that exact amount of space for his installation 0.1ha in Gribskov Forest. Inside, 900 butterflies will be released during the exhibition and free to fly and take over the rest of the forest. 

Axel Antas examines our experience of time and space with his artwork. The enclosed area in the forest becomes a sort of private space that we can call our own. And the fleeting existence of the butterflies coupled with the longevity of the forest shows that when it comes to nature, time can move both swiftly and slowly.

The Art Triennial will strongly focus on the meeting, exchange and dialogue that takes place between the cultural identities brought by artists from Denmark and the other Nordic countries, and which is sparked both between the artists and in the meeting with the history, cultural landscape and residents of the northern coast.

Photo Credit © Kim Matthäi Leland