There is free admission and all are welcome at every event in our program
For further information contact
Nicol: Immigrant Art Founder and Director / +45 2082 2208
Susanna: Communications Advisor / +45 2033 2529
Mayra: Organizational Strategy / +45 5188 6166
1. Syria Go artist exhibits during Vanløse Årstidsfest
A teddy bear smiles at you from a mobile screen. In the background you discover a casualty site in a street in war torn Syria. Syrian artist Saif Aldeen Tahhan has stunned the world with his series ’Syria Go’ with references to the global gaming trend Pokemon Go and a reminder of everyday life in Syria. In his series ‘Think of Syrian Children’, Saif Aldeen Tahhan continues his reflections on refugee children’s longing for every day life. With simple drawings of houses, schools and toys on photos with children fleeing from war, he spells out the contrast between peace and war.
WHAT: Photographic exhibition & meet Saif 15.00 – 17.00
WHERE: Vanløse Kulturstationen, Frode Jakobsens Plads 4, 1., 2720 Vanløse
WHEN: 24 September 15.00-23.00. Exhibition continues in Vanløse library, Monday to Sunday 08.00-22.00 until 30 October
2. Immigrant Art Guided Tour at Gallerie Lorien
The Frederiksberg-based art gallery Gallerie Lorien opens its doors for Artival guests. Enjoy an exclusive gallery tour by gallery owner Tina Vehage Lorien, who will share her thoughts and reflections on immigrant art. Tina lived as an immigrant in Italy for 25 years and exhibits an extensive collection of works from foreigners living in and outside of Denmark at her gallery. Hear more about how her own background has affected her view on art and her experience as a gallery owner. Artistic works by Ronald Burns (US), Billie Bailey (AUS), Jan Wang Valeur (PRC) and Doron Silberberg (ISR) are currently on display at the gallery.
WHAT: Guided tour at Gallerie Lorien
WHERE: Gallerie Lorien, Frydendalsvej 31, 1809 Frederiksberg
WHEN: 24 September 17.00 – 20.00
3. Kids do Art at Venligbohus
“The Four Seasons” collage by the child reseidents of Welcom House in Copenhagen, paintings created by children of both Danish and non-Danish background will inspire the participants at the creative workshops for families. Whether you prefer painting, making craft or enjoying a clown performance, this event offers a unique opportunity for personal meetings between families with or without refugee background. Mads Nygaard from Venligboerne and Manu Sareen will tells some children’s stories and there will be a visit from a local clown!
WHAT: Painting workshop by Alessandra Sicurio (Italy), crafts workshop by Marika Luisetto (Italy), Clown performance by Mette Hansen (DK) and Storytelling by Mads Nygaard (DK) and Manu Sareen (India/DK).
WHERE: Ground floor, Beboerhus, Onkel Dannys Plads 1, 1711 Copenhagen, Vesterbro
WHEN: 25 September 12 PM – 4 PM
REGISTRATION required for families not in refugee or asylum centers. Subject: KIDSDAY firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Mixed Media Exhibition at Råhuset
What: Photographic and animation art. Works by Bente Jæger (Norway), Angelique Sanossian (Armenian/Syrian), Martin Lønstrup Esquives (Sweden), Mayra Navarrete (El Salvador), Wael Toubaji (Syria)
Where: Råhuset, Onkel Dannys Plads. 7, 1711 Copenhagen Vesterbro
When: Vernissage: 28 September 17.00 – 20.00. Opening times: 30 September and 7 October 13.00 – 17.00, 1– 2 October, 8-9 October 12.00 – 16.00.
5. Poetry at the Night Church featuring Jan Pêt Khorto, Arash Sharifzadeh Abdi and Christina Englund
Guitarist Mikkel Andersen accompanies the three poets as they transform poetry readings into a babylonic experience in Our Lady’s Church in Copenhagen. The poets engage in a dialogue through their poetry, in their own language as Mikkel speaks to them through the guitar and its song.
What: Poetry reading and music at Night Church with Jan Pêt Khorto (Syria), Arash Sharifzadeh Abdi (Iran/DK), Christina Englund (DK) and Mikkel Andersen (DK)
Where: Out Lady’s Church (Vor Frue Kirke), Nørregade 8, 1165 København K
When: 29 September, 20.00 – 22.00
6. Art exhibition showcases the diversity that exists among immigrant artists
Iranian artist Behnaz exhibits Danish-Iranian Fine Art, while French Josette Simon-Gestin’s paintings are inspired by the work of Henri Matisse, Meanwhile Indonesian artist Awang Behartawan uses graphic design and forms in his artwork. The three distinguished artists join forces in the group exhibition at Global Art Gallery in Vanløse, which shall be opened by the Indonesian Ambassador, Mr Muhammad Ibnu Said.
What: Group exhibition with Behnaz, Josette Simon-Gestin and Awang Behartawan
Where: Global Art Gallery, Skalbakken 8A, 2720 Vanløse
When: Vernissage, 30 September 19.00 – 22.00. Exhibition continues for one month Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, 14.00 – 17.00 (1 Oct – 30 Oct)
7. Art exhibition showcases the diversity that exists among immigrant artists
Italian artist Alessandra Sicuro spontaneously explores nature or a domestic world as primary sites of identity, love, human relations, and communication, while Sri Lankan Evangelene is strongly influenced by her mother who was a painter, and the wealth of art, culture and colour she associates with Asia. They are joined by Arsalan Chalabi, a Kurdish poet who began painting upon arrival in Denmark in 2016.
What: Group exhibition with Alessandra Sicuro, Evangelene and Arsalan Chalabi.
Where: PH Caféen, Halmtorvet 9A, 1700 København V
When: Vernissage, 1 October 14.00 – 16.00. One-month exhibition.
8. Syrian artist’s portrait of the Queen to be revealed
Denmark’s queen adorned with her Wikipedia definition in Arabic is one of the paintings created by Syrian photographer and graphic artist Saif Aldeen Tahhan that was instrumental in the founding of Immigrant Art. This piece will be exhibited together with water colour paintings by his partner and fellow artist, Zahr Miro, who also played a key role in the shaping of Immigrant Art. Zahr’s goal is to open her own art gallery in Aalborg, where she now lives. The works from Kathryn Kurtz from the US tie the exhibition together.
9. Jam session with guitarist Nour Amora
Acclaimed classical guitarist Nour Amora with Syrian-Palestinian background has not even lived a year in Denmark, but has already played with the best in Danish music. Nour Amora is a member of the Syndicate – an exclusive society for Syria’s best musicians – and now teaches children at the Welcome House at Ottiliavej in Valby how to play the guitar. Nour invites special guest musicians and the public to join him for a jam session at Café Mandela.
What: Jam session with Nour Amora
Where: Café Mandela, Onkel Dannys plads 9, 1711 København V
When: 1 October, 16.00 – 21.00
10. Film screening: ’End of the Earth’ at Café Mellemrummet
The documentary film End of the Earth is Malek Shafi’i’s personal story of being an Afghan refugee in Europe in 2001 at the time of 9/11. “I know what it means to be and live as a refugee. I crossed numerous borders like many refugees are doing these days,” says film director and founder of the Afghanistan Human Rights Film Festival, Malek Shafi’i. Screening End of the Earth is Malek Shafi’i’s way to show his sympathy to all who leave their homes because of war. Light snacks will be served. Drinks available at the bar.
What: Film screening of ’End of the Earth’ (2006, 45 mins), Introduction by Malek Shafi’i
Where: Café Mellemrummet, Ravnsborggade 11, 2200 Copenhagen, Nørrebro
When: 1 October, 19.00 – 21.00
Click here to see all of the participating artists’ profiles.
We shall also be holding two events that are invitation only:
For all participating artists – Dinner with the Natkirken
For the participating artists and organizers of Artival 2016 – Kirkegaard Exploratorium with Claus Damgaard.
We warmly thank Vesterbro Lokaludvalg for their generous support of Artival 2016