Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen


About the edition

Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen is a Danish artist, based in Paris. Larsen produced the edition of the Boat etchings in September 2012 at the DCA Print Studio while he was in Dundee to install and present his solo exhibition From the Edge, which consisted of 5 video works.

A reoccurring theme in Larsen's oeuvre is migration - the central topic in his well-known films and video installations: Promised Land (2011), Tales from the Periphery - Saint Denis (2010), Tales from the Periphery - Aarhus (2010) and Rendezvous (2009) - three of which were exhibited at From the Edge at DCA in 2012. The etching Boat (2012) is a sketchy line drawing of a sinking boat. The motif is taken from a news photo of a boat full (beyond capacity) of hopeful migrants who capsized on open waters on their way to Europe.

Larsen is not a trained print-maker, and artefacts like the tones of grey surrounding the boat are conventionally unwanted. Larsen wants to emphasise the presence of these areas. For him it resembles a grey foggy atmosphere where sky and sea merge together and exaggerates the hopelessness of the situation. 

Year 2013
Edition of 12
Media Etching on Somerset radiant white (280gsm) paper
Dimensions 65 x 85cm (Image size 50 x 66cm)
Signature Signed, numbered and dated by artist

About Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen

Born in 1971 in Aalborg, Denmark, Nikolaj Larsen lives and works in Paris. He received his Master in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, England and his Bachelor in Fine Art Sculpture, Chelsea College of Art, London, England. Recent solo exhibition include in London, ‘Promised Lands’ at Dilston Grove, PiST, Instanbul, Turkey, Galerie Vanessa Quang in Paris, France and ‘Rising Floating Falling’, Kunsten - Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark.

Group exhibitions include forthcoming in 2014 ‘Word. Sound. Power’. Khoj, Kirkee, New Delhi, India and recently ‘Au-delà de cette frontière, votre ticket n’est plus valable’, Le Pavillon Vendôme, Paris, France, ‘Word. Sound. Power’, Tate Modern, London, England, ‘Estuary’, Museum of London - Docklands, England, ‘Freedom’, Kunstpalais, Erlangen, Germany.

He has been nominated with ‘Promised Land’ for the New Vision Award of the Danish Film Festival CPH:DOX, Denmark and has been receiving several grants from the Danish Art Council over the last years. He is currently taking part in the residence programme Qwatz in Rome and Calabria, Italy where he works on his new project.

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