Henrik Lund Jørgensen
Title: Friends He Lost At Sea
Directed and produced by Henrik Lund Jørgensen
Production date: 2009
Production country: Sweden
Friends He Lost At Sea
In his video Friends He Lost at Sea, Danish artist Henrik Lund Jørgensen takes up the subjects and compositions of two of Michael Ancher’s most well-known works: Will He Round the Point? (1879) and The Crew is Saved (1894). Both paintings are re-enacted in the manner of a tableau vivant, however with refugees from other countries taking the place of the fishermen. By having “boat people“ play the part of the heroic Skagen fishermen, the artist takes Ancher’s paintings into the scope of the present, renewing questions about escape and rescue, emigration and social responsibility. Like Michael Ancher’s heroic realism, Henrik Lund Jørgensen’s photo and video installation straddles the boundary between documentary and fiction, allowing a wide range of possible interpretations.
Henrik Lund Jørgensen (DK/SE) b. 1975 in Maribo, Denmark, lives and works in Malmö, Sweden.
Jørgensen employs photography and video to investigate notions of time, space, and memory, while reflecting on cultural and social forms of representation. Conceived as a collage of images, texts and sounds unfolding layer upon layer, his video work subtly straddles uncertain boundaries between reality and fiction. Combining found images from different sources with newly filmed material, Jørgensen fabricates a subjective version of events suffused with ambigity thus inviting a range of possible interpretations.
Videonale Archive, Bonn Kunstmuseum, Germany
Filmform, Stockholm, Sweden
Landesgalerie Linz, Austria