On May 5, KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces opens the project space An Enraptured Year by the Booker Prize–nominated Danish author Olga Ravn. A project space that embodies a year of plant life, providing visitors with the opportunity to experience what a circular concept of time can look like.
For one year, from March 2021 to February 2022, Ravn collected plants growing around Ellebaekken Brook in Køge. Local legend has it that this was the meeting place of a group of women accused of witchcraft in the 17th-
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In the 2021 KØS exhibition Hummings Ravn presented the first chapter of the logbook « A Memorial for Those Accused of Witchcraft » with records of plants and colour samples from the month of March alongside poems and court records on two of the 16 women on trial. The logbook’s first chapter was also featured in the internationally acclaimed literary magazine The Paris Review in March 2022. The final publication, covering all 12 months and the story of all 16 women, will be released in a collaboration between Ravn and KØS in 2023.
The project space
Drawing inspiration from the Wunderkammer and historical cabinets of curiosities, the project space AN ENRAPTURED YEAR opening May 5 is a concentrated accumulation of natural dyed fabric and pigment samples from a year spent on the banks of the brook, drawings of time across the centuries, and a visual poem bringing fabric samples and multiple simultaneous readings together. Using idiosyncratic time diagrams and pigment samples Ravn combines poems with visual elements, adding a new dimension to her artistic oeuvre—all in a meditation on a small piece of land in Køge and the memories it holds of our shared past.
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Drawing inspiration from the art of the early Renaissance, before the distinct art categories we operate with today emerged, Ravn’s project embraces multiple artistic disciplines. The materials she has gathered, processed, and systematically arranged form an organic whole, exploring the links between layers of time and different kinds of materiality, challenging previously accepted versions of history, and rediscovering the connections between humankind and our ecology.
Ravn’s project An Enraptured Year is the first venture in KØS’s new exhibition format, which is dedicated to artistic processes and long-
Photo: Johan Rosenmunthe.
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