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Ute Behrend: Back to Nature (2018-2020)

3. June 2021 @ 10:00 - 13. June 2021 @ 20:00

Copenhagen Photo Festival 2021 presents one of its solo exhibitions as part of the FRAMING VISION focal points: Back to Nature by the artist Ute Behrend.

When I was bored at a rented holiday home one summer, a bath mat caught my eye. It was the type you put in the tub to avoid slipping. 

It was composed of many small transparent plastic pieces intended to mimic pebbles. “Oh,” I thought, “in the bathtub you should feel as if you are lying in a stream where you can see and feel the pebbles. Beautiful, clean stones in clear water”. 

It seemed to me a little absurd to satisfy the longing for nature in this way, while nature is being destroyed all over the world. With this artistic project, I attempt to bring the artificially-created nature to the living “real” naturetransferring ordinary everyday objects, which are imitations of plants, stones and animals, to places where one would expect their real pendants. 

They become a symbol for “that which remains” when everything else has been destroyed, rather like androids that develop their own self-confidence. Not knowing that they are simulacra, they raise the same questions that preoccupy all of us: Where do I come from? Where should I go? How much time do I still have?

The German artist Ute Behrend’s Back To Nature is exhibited as part of the installation Space Frame, where her works will be printed directly on textile and mounted on Space Frame which has been designed by architect Jakob Holmqvist-Larsen in collaboration with Lenschow & Pihlmann. As an additional part of the exhibition, Ute Behrend will be presenting limited editions of plastic stones made and sold specifically for this occasion.

Space Frame is supported by Dreyers Fond, and Ute Behrend’s exhibition is supported by Statens Kunstfond and Goethe Institut Dänemark. 

The festival centre and CPF has generously been supported by Københavns Kommune, Det Obelske Familiefond og Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond.


Opening Day: 3.6: 17:00-22:00

4-6.6: 10:00-20:00

7-9.6: 12:00-20:00

10-13.6: 10:00-20:00

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3. June 2021 @ 10:00
13. June 2021 @ 20:00
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