Based on photographic material from Politiken's photo archive, Kolding explores the media house's historiography and perception of reality, starting with a series of collages composed of photographs that he has torn, cut, cut and glued back together to form entirely new images, entirely new narratives that both dissolve and mirror history.
"I wanted the exhibition to be based on the specific context, and it was therefore a gift for me to be able to work with such a large and in many ways unique archive as Politiken's own photo archive. In my work, I am generally interested in the stories that exist in a society, in questions of inclusion and exclusion, and therefore of power, and this archive is in many ways quite literally an image of that." - says Jakob Kolding
The title Cuts refers to both an action and a form, namely 'cut' and 'clipping'. The titles of the individual works in the exhibition also play an important role. Each title refers to the name of the folders in the archive from which the various images used in the collage were taken. In this way, you can go to the individual collages as you see them and, via the titles, you can open them up further if you wish.
Jakob Kolding was born in 1971 in Albertslund. He graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 1995-2000 and lives and works in Berlin. Kolding has exhibited at a number of international art institutions and has participated in exhibitions in Denmark at the Statens Museum for Kunst, ARoS and Arken, among others.
Cuts by Jakob Kolding can be seen in Politikens Forhal from 10 November 2022 - 21. The exhibition has been made possible with support from the Danish Arts Foundation. Thanks to Polfoto for lending material.