Danish Welfare Architecture and Its Image

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A research based exhibition by Anne Elisabeth Toft and Jannie Rosenberg Bendsen.

The exhibition Danish Welfare Architecture and Its Image deals with the representation of Danish welfare architecture and how it has been depicted in photobooks. The exhibition illuminates the characteristics of welfare architecture, highlighting the motifs that make the model particularly Danish. To date, such issues have been largely ignored by architects, architectural historians, and theorists. However, the architecture of the Danish welfare model is internationally renowned; it is a concept and a commodity that has been distributed globally. Photography has played a crucial role in this distribution process. Seen in the light of recent transformations of modernist residential areas from the 1960s and 1970s in Denmark, this exhibition takes a critical look at the staging of the welfare model in photobooks. Among other things, it shows how the representation of the welfare city has changed over time and rewritten the discourse of welfare architecture in society.
Publikationsdato14 okt. 2021
PublikationsmedierMixed Media
StørrelseFylder et udstillingsrum
StatusUdgivet - 14 okt. 2021
BegivenhedPhotobook Week Aarhus 2021: 8th Edition: Movement and Transition - Aarhus School of Architecture, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, HEART Herning Art Museum and Godsbanen, Aarhus, Aarhus, Danmark
Varighed: 14 okt. 202117 okt. 2021


UdstillingPhotobook Week Aarhus 2021
LokationAarhus School of Architecture, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, HEART Herning Art Museum and Godsbanen, Aarhus
AndetPhotobook Week Aarhus celebrated its eighth edition from 14 to 17 October 2021. The festival has existed since 2014 as a collaboration between Aarhus School of Architecture and Galleri Image. It reflects a continuous study of the discourse of photobooks. <br/>Photobook Week Aarhus’ main venues are Aarhus School of Architecture; ARoS Aarhus Art Museum and Galleri Image. Other venues include HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art and Godsbanen. <br/>The festival programme was dedicated to exhibitions and talks about publishing, researching, distributing, buying, trading, and collecting photobooks. A significant part of Photobook Week Aarhus 2021, curated by Anne Elisabeth Toft, focused on the relationship between architecture, photography and photobooks. <br/>The theme of Photobook Week Aarhus 2021 was ‘Movement and Transition’. With this theme the curators set the stage for a festival programme that dealt with current issues in society such as migration, globalization and postcolonial thinking. It shed light on the construction and distribution of ideological models and artistic movements and reflected on the forces that produce, support, perpetuate and transform them. Photobook Week Aarhus 2021 looked at the role that photobooks play - and have played - as mass media, and how they have been used in various ways as tools for political, artistic and commercial purposes.<br/>Seen from this perspective, the part of the festival that related to architecture specifically discussed the construction of different normative frames of understanding for architecture, urban areas and landscapes and their significance to ideal conceptions of how society can be arranged and developed. The part of the festival that related to architecture comprised three exhibitions: Pictures of Denmark: Sigvart Werner’s ”Danmarksbillede”; Danish Welfare Architecture and Its Image; and The Company Photobook.<br/>The festival programme also included exhibitions on Fluxus books, photobooks and their connections with film editing, photobooks by Korean visual artist Kyungwoo Chun, photobooks and zines from Greenland, Central European Photobooks, Portuguese photobooks, Caribbean photobooks as well as shortlisted photobook dummies from the 2021 Kassel Photobook Award and the Hong Kong Photobook Festival’s Photobook Dummy Award 2021. <br/>Presentations and discussions by international and Danish photobook experts put the themes of the exhibitions into perspective.<br/>


  • Photobook Week Arhus 2021
  • dansk velfærdsarkitektur
  • photobooks

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