Venice Biennale, The Nationals: Denmark

Jesper Just, Intercourses, 2013, video installation.


For those who have the 55th Venice Biennale on their itineraries, we offer quick picks in the form of slide shows, appearing over the coming days, of one- and two-person shows at the national pavilions. With 88 countries participating, 10 for the first time, it’s impossible to be comprehensive. So we aim to serve visitors with limited time, attending just the two main venues: Giardini and Arsenale. Wherever you wander in Venice, however, keep your eyes peeled for the red Biennale logo, signaling nationals tucked into churches and palazzi.

WHERE AM I?: DENMARK (Giardini) Jesper Just’s pavilion-wide video installation Intercourses follows a pair of African men traversing a disorienting re-creation of Paris that exists in a suburb of Hangzhou, China. Rising from a vitiated plain, and inexplicably depopulated, this profoundly dislocated “city” is captured in a lush black-and-white cinematography that heightens a dreamlike irreality.

Curated by Lotte S. Lederballe Pedersen, the project was commissioned by the Danish Arts Council Committee for International Visual Arts (Jette Gejl Kristensen, Lise Harlev, Jesper Elg, Mads Gamdrup, Anna Krogh).