Patrick Huse:
Northern Imaginary 3rd Part

10. March 2012 to 13. May 2012

At Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Norwegian Patrick Huse presents his Northern Imaginary 3rd Part, the final part of the trilogy of the same name.

The exhibition focusses on nature, geography, social and environmental changes, and the relationship between Arctic cultures and Western influences in a part of the globe which commands a significant interest these years, also from a Danish point of view.

It is a personal fascination which has taken Patrick Huse to the North, a fascination which in time and after longer periods of staying there in local communities has turned into a political engagement. Despite the differences of the places visited, Huse is concerned with how unprotected they all are, in terms of people, traditions and landscape. Globalisation and a strong policy of centralisation bring considerable pressure to bear on these small communities, and the traditions on which they are based are in danger of disappearing. With his art, Huse wants to change the attitudes of Western culture towards other cultures and societies – in particular those that do not have the same resources as Western societies.

In Huse's work, "the local" is emphasised as a source of diversity and as an antithesis to the sort of globalisation which threatens a local sense of belonging, local knowledge, identity formation and traditions. Patrick Huse employs a combination of a theoretical and practical approach to his subject matter, and with his trilogy he places himself in a crossover between anthropology and art. Huse himself defines his artistic method as participant anthropology. His approach is multi-disciplinary and includes media such as photo, video and painting, all coming together in large installations.

The exhibition, Northern Imaginary 3rd Part, thus fuses video and photo, along with textual works and interviews, painting as well as various processed materials. The first two exhibitions of the trilogy are called Encounter og Intimate Absence. As an integral part of the trilogy, each individual project comes with a major publication attached. These publications include contributions by specialists as well as by locals. Over a period of nine years, this exhibition format has been presented at 19 different venues in six different countries. Huse has previously exhibited at the Henie Onstad Art Centre in Norway and the Reykjavik Art Museum in Iceland.

The exhibiton showing at Nikolaj, Copenhagen Art Center, was previously shown at the Murmansk Art Museum in Russia and the Pori Art Museum in Finland. Since 1995, Huse has been engaged in 27 major museum projects in Canada, the US, Iceland, Greenland, Finland and Russia. He has been involved in extensive collaborations with institutions, local people and a network of professionals within matters related to Northern, Arctic areas. In Denmark, Patrick Huse has so far been presented with a selection of drawings at Christian Dam Galleries.

The Nikolaj presentation thus constitutes the first major Danish exhibition by Patrick Huse.