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Exhibition on the walls of Vesterbro // Erik Berglin – The Bird Project

1 June - 11 June


Exhibitions in public space // 1 to 11 June

This year’s headliner at Copenhagen Photo Festival photographer artist Erik Berglin (1980, Sweden) invites you to spot the 12 birds spread out around the walls of Vesterbro.

In connection with this year’s Copenhagen Photo Festival’s theme Rewilding, the artist Erik Berglin has scattered a part of his 12-year long photographic project The Bird Project in the city.

Straight out of (old) ornithological magazines, these birds have been re-photographed, printed at real size, cut out and glued on the walls of the buildings in this very urban area of Copenhagen by the artist. The total project contains more than 4,000 photos and has already toured some of the world’s largest cities.

The Bird Project is a conceptual work that questions the authenticity of photography. In his practice, Erik Berglin pays as much attention to the process as to the final result. This art project questions the visual impact of such colourful birds on the Copenhageners and raises awareness of the rewilding of cities by animals and the artificiality and consequences on the ecosystem of such a practice.

Erik Berglin has been selected among 250 participants from all over the world, through an open call on this year’s overarching theme ‘Rewilding’ which contributes to the conversation about sustainable urban development and sustainable art in public space as part of Copenhagen being UNESCO World Capital of Architecture in 2023.

The public space exhibition in Vesterbro is supported by Vesterbro Lokaludvalg and Dansk Ornitologisk Forening.

On June 2 you can join artist Erik Berglin and Dansk Ornitologisk Forening for a tour of Vesterbro spotting the birds – click to learn more!


1 June
11 June
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