J&K / Janne Schäfer and Kristine Agergaard
Everything Else Is Just Another Friend You Haven’t Met Yet
Series of photo collages (c-prints and photo wallpaper), variable sizes
Spatial collage (c-prints and photocopies on MDF in front of photo wallpaper), variable sizes
Artist book (photo collages and text, offset print), 29x23cm, 32 pages
Everything Else Is Just Another Friend You Haven’t Met Yet is a multi-faceted work series based on photographs taken during a residency in Vilnius, Lithuania, and from journeys through the Baltic countries and Kaliningrad. J&K stylize themselves as part of a scenario in which pre-Christian and Christian elements intermingle with contemporary and past architecture. The locations depicted include the Latvian Pokaini Forest, home to pagan places of worship, the famous pilgrimage site Hill of Crosses in Lithuania, amusement park architecture from the USSR era in the Lithuanian beach resort Palanga or neo-capitalistic buildings in Kaliningrad. The artists are staging a clash of cultures that challenges given notions of a region or a cultural group and emphasizes the diversity of cultural influences. The guiding principle is its openness for the unexpected and curiosity about the complexity of life.
(Extract from catalogue text: Don’t Worry – Be Curious! by D. Bienert, K. Kivinen, E. Lunghi)
The project was realized and shown in the context of Don’t Worry – Be Curious! – 4th Ars Baltica Triennal of Photographic Art, 2007-2008, curated by Dorothee Bienert, Kati Kivinen and Enrico Lunghi, at Stadtgalerie Kiel, KUMU Tallinn, Pori Art Museum, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/NGBK Berlin, Andrejsala/LCCA Riga and Casino Luxembourg. A version of the piece was also developed for The Soft Shields of Pleasure curated by Søren Andreasen, at Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, 2008.
An artist book containing collages and a text written by J&K has been published as part of this body of work. Download pdf
Scenorama – Soft Shields of Pleasures