Postmigration: Reframing Identity, Community and History

Presentations and screening

Professor Anne Ring (University of Copenhagen) will present 100% fremmed? (2017-2019) [100% Foreign?], a documentary art project developed by Maja Nydal Eriksen with portraits of 250 citizens that statistically represent the 164,000 people who have been granted asylum in Denmark in the period 1956-2019. The portraits are supplemented by the participants' own stories. Overall the project helps to focus on Denmark being a culturally complex country, where traditional notions of belonging and national identity are discussed and made the subject of negotiations. For more info, see the project's new website developed in connection with its continuation as an educational platform for teaching school classes.
View presentation: Post-Migration: Reframing Identity, Community and History | Part 1| Prof. Anne Ring Pedersen (YouTube).

Dr. Sabine Dahl Nielsen (University of Copenhagen) will talk about a curatorial case, namely CAMP: Center for Art on Migration Politics (2013-2020). CAMP was a non-profit exhibition space dealing with topics such as migration, asylum and integration. The exhibition space was based in the Trampoline House, a self-organized community center located in the highly diverse North West district of Copenhagen. Until the financial impact of the corona crisis closed down the house, it served as a meeting place for refugees and asylum seekers.

The project is unique in the sense that there are no other exhibition venues in Scandinavia that have worked consistently and persistently on migration policy issues in this way – and no one that does so within the framework of a bottom-up-driven community center. It is this combination of ex-hibition space and community center that helps to create interfaces between art audiences, refugees, asylum seekers, activists, etc., and which will be examined as a postmigrant public space. 
View presentation: Post-Migration: Reframing Identity, Community and History | Part 2| Dr. Sabine Dahl Nielsen (YouTube).

Dr. Sotirios Bahtsetzis “Universitas - A Case Study: How Artists learn from Migration”.
View presentation: Post-Migration: Reframing Identity, Community and History | Part 3 | Dr. Sotirios Bahtsetz (YouTube).

View panel discussion: Post-Migration: Reframing Identity, Community and History | Part 4 | Panel Discussion (YouTube).

Vladimir Tomic’s Flotel Europa (2015) will be screened at the second day of the event. In 1992 a wave of refugees from the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina reached Denmark. With existing refugee camps completely full, the Red Cross pulled a giant ship into the canals of Copenhagen. The ship, Flotel Europa, became a temporary home for a thousand people waiting for decisions on their asylum applications. Among them was a 12 year old boy, Vladimir, who fled Sarajevo together with his mother and older brother. They spent two years in the limbo of Flotel Europa. Two decades later, Vladimir Tomic takes us on a journey of growing up on this ship filled with echoes of the war — and other things that make up an adolescence. The coming-of-age story is juxtaposed with personal VHS archive material shot by refugees who shared the “space-time vacuum” of the Flotel.


30 September 

18:00 - 18:30 Professor Anne Ring (University of Copenhagen)
18:30 - 19:00 Dr. Sabine Dahl Nielsen (University of Copenhagen)
19:00 - 19:30 Sotirios Bachtsetzis (Curator, Co-director of AthenSYN)

19:30 - 19:45 

19:45 - 20:45 Panel Discussion and Q&A

1 October 

19:00 - 20:15 Film Screening | Flotel Europa (2015), Vladimir Tomic’s , 70 min



Anne Ring Petersen is Professor of Modern Culture and Contemporary Art at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen. Her interests centre on transcultural and migratory approaches to art and cultural production, focusing especially on the transformative impact of migration, postmigration and globalization on contemporary art practices and identity formation.

Her current research project, in collaboration with Sabine Dahl Niel-sen, is titled Togetherness in Difference: Reimagining Identities, Communities and Histories through Art (2019-2023). She is the author of several books, including Migration into Art: Transcultural Identities and Art-making in a Globalised World (Manchester University Press 2017) and Installation Art: Between Image and Stage (Museum Tusculanum Press 2015). She is also the co-author of Reframing Migration, Diversity and the Arts: The Postmigrant Condi-tion (Routledge 2019)

Sabine Dahl Nielsen is a cultural studies theorist researching contemporary artistic and curato-rial practices, with a special focus on radical democratic and postmigrant perspectives on art and culture. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen, where she is working on the collective research project Togetherness in Difference: Reimagining identities, communities and histories through art (2019-2022). She has curated the exhibition Transit: Art, Mobility and Migration in the Age of Globalisation (2018) and her work on radi-cal forms of participation and the intersection of exhibition practices and contemporary social urgencies including the struggles around migration, gentrification and anti-racism have been published in exhibition catalogues, anthologies, and journals.

Dr. Sotirios Bahtsetzis is a curator and holds a summa cum laude Ph.D. in the History of Modern and Contemporary Art from the Technische Universität Berlin. The subject of his thesis is the historical analysis of installation art in the 20th century. He is Associate Professor in theory of contemporary art and curating practices at the Department of Culture, Creative Media and Industries of the University of Thessaly. He also belongs to the adjunct faculty of the Hellenic Open University and the Museology Masters Program of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the University of Western Macedonia.

He has taught at the University of Patras, London Metropolitan University, Columbia University, New York (Fulbright Research Scholar) and the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, FHNW in Basel Switzerland (as visitor-professor). He is a member of IKT, AICA, and EEIT. He publishes articles in magazines (such as the E-flux Journal) and exhibition catalogues in Greece and internationally. He has curated numerous solo exhibitions and group exhibitions at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, the State Museum of Contemporary Art (BIENNALE: 3 Thessaloniki), the Beltsios Collection, etc. He is also Research Director of ArtBOX Creative Arts Management and Co-Director of AthenSYN. AthenSYN is the initiative of a group of artists, curators and cultural agents, building an infrastructure and a network to foster the presentation of Greek contemporary art internationally, with focus on the exchange between Greece and Germany.

Vladimir Tomic was born in Sarajevo in 1980 and fled to Denmark from Bosnia at the age of 12 with his mother and older brother. The refugee story is an important theme in his film work, which is situated in the intersection between contemporary art and experimental documentary. Tomic’s 70-minute-long film Flotel Europa (2015) was selected for the Berlin Film Festival and has since won the award for best documentary at several film festivals. In 2021, Tomic received the prestigious three-year grant from the Danish Arts Foundation.