End of Dreams

Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen

Salt Galata

February 6 – April 5, 2015

Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, End of Dreams, 2015 Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, <i>End of Dreams</i> [Düşlerin Sonu], 2015
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Fotoğraf: Domenico Gallelli (2014)
Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, End of Dreams, 2015
Sculptures hanging under raft
Photo: Domenico Gallelli (2014)
Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen has worked on the issues and dangers of migration in different geographies for a number of years. His most recent production End of Dreams — produced during a residency at the Italian art organization, qwatz — is an ode to the countless lives that have been lost by those attempting to traverse the Mediterranean Sea in order to reach Europe.

Initially envisioning End of Dreams as a sculptural installation, in 2014 Larsen began his work by submerging 48 concrete-canvas sculptures off the coast of Pizzo Calabro in Calabria, South Italy. The plan was to allow these sculptures, which are reminiscent of body bags, to slowly acquire a patina of sea organisms. They were then to be removed from the sea and exhibited as a sculptural constellation marked by the wear and tear of the sea.

During the making of the work an unanticipated violent storm ravaged the raft that was holding the structures in place and their remnants were scattered across the seabed and onto nearby beaches. Some disappeared altogether. Larsen believed that the intervention of nature brought the process of the work’s production even closer to the feelings of trauma and peril he was trying to express, adding to the narrative of the piece, and so following the storm he hired divers to film the scene and collect all the debris and sculptures that could be found. Working with this material, Larsen created a new work that is a multi-media installation comprising a five channel HD video shot under sea, and a composition of some of the remains of the sculptural elements.

A program of Larsen’s works on migration including Promised Land (2011-2013), Reflections from Meriç (2013) and End of Season (2014) will be screened during the run of the exhibition in the Walk-in Cinema at SALT Beyoğlu.

Larsen has exhibited internationally including at Tate Modern in 2013, in the Folkestone Triennial, UK and the Thessaloniki Biennale 3, Greece in 2011, and in the 9th Sharjah Biennial, UAE in 2009. Larsen’s film End of Season was shot in Turkey on the border with Greece during Larsen’s Danish Arts Foundation residency at PİST in 2012 and premiered at SALT Beyoğlu in 2014.

End of Dreams is produced by qwatz, Rome, supported by Sharjah Art Foundation and co-funded by the Danish Arts Foundation.

Danish Arts Council

Camera: Giuseppe Politi
Sound design and mix: Mikkel H. Eriksen