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Promised Land new commission – now showing at Hull

Culture + Conflict

15 November 2016

NIKOLAJ BENDIX SKYUM LARSEN’s ‘Quicksand’, co-commissioned by Culture+Conflict, is one of the works in the exhibition Somewhere Becoming Sea, from 5 April to 17 June 2017, at Humber Gallery, Hull UK City of Culture. Curated by Steven Bode, Film and Video Umbrella

In 2016 the Goethe-Institut London and Culture+Conflict commissioned Danish artist Nikolaj Skyum Bendix Larsen, in collaboration with Duncan Pickstock and Mikkel H. Eriksen, to make a new work, following on from his powerful film about a group of refugees in Promised Land (2011). The new commission, Quicksand, was premiered at the Promised Land symposium on 3 December 2016.

© Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, still from Quicksand, 2016

Still from Quicksand, 2016

Nikolaj Skyum Bendix Larsen is a Danish artist and documentary film-maker based in Paris. For more than a decade he has been working in a variety of media and materials to create visual responses to challenges within today’s society. Migration and disempowerment are some of his main areas of research.

Duncan Pickstock is a London-based artist, writer and film maker. While his studio-based practise is focussed on painting, his multi-media work largely uses the form of documentary film to explore socio-political issues of belief, social injustice and resistance. He has also made radio-programmes and used participatory events like walking tours in his work.
He has exhibited at The Imperial War Museum and The Freud Museum in London and at The Open Sky Museum in Nantes, France. His work was integrated in Thomas Hirschhorn’s Biljmer-Spinoza Festival in Amsterdam in 2009. In 2014 he was the inaugural recipient of The Rita Harris Studio Award and in 2016 he received The Ballinglen Art Fellowship.

Mikkel H. Eriksen is a London based award winning sound designer and composer who is making sounddesign to TV, radio, commercials and films. Furthermore he has made the sound design to most of Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen’s film and installation projects. Their close working-relationship dates back to the late 1990’s where they studied sound, film and art in London.
The new commission has also been made possible with additional support from the Danish Embassy, Danish Arts Council and the Elephant Trust.

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