HUMAN SILVER HALO

The Danish-British artist Andrea Jespersen exhibits 

24th February – 26th May 2013

‘Human Silver Halo’ is an enigmatic exhibition of photographs, videos, drawings and sculptures by Andrea Jespersen. The exhibition opens on Friday 22 February at 3pm at Medical Museion, Bredgade 62, Copenhagen, Denmark.

As a visiting Guest Curator at Copenhagen’s Medical Museion, Jespersen was given access to the Museion’s extensive collections of artefacts and the building’s exquisite architecture. The resulting works were inspired by objects from the collections and the Museion’s beautiful auditorium dating from 1787 and still in use today.

During the accompanying artist residency at the Danish Art Workshops, Jespersen made a series of human sized analogue photographs of the Museion’s auditorium, along with images of hand tools from the collections and a film of a musician playing in the empty auditorium.

With the exhibition ‘Human Silver Halo’ Jespersen returns to Medical Museum, to show her works in the place they were instigated.

Jespersen says of the works:

“Analogue photography is my primary medium for this project owing to its use of silver, which since Hippocrates has been connected with healing. Though antibiotics have replaced the medical use of silver today, further research into it’s clinical potential is ongoing, signaling a very human reluctance to surrender the idea of its healing properties.  

 I draw small red circles onto some of the photographs, with a technical ink pen. These nesting circles are simple handmade marks. They embrace the intricate and aesthetic, asking the viewer to contemplate the drawings as much as the photograph that accommodates them. Together the photo and drawing represent different value systems that in the artwork are appreciated and celebrated equally; a flattening of the hierarchy within the power of knowledge.

 The Medical Museion’s spectacular auditorium is to me a beautiful architectural manifestation of western society’s value systems governing power and knowledge. Museums are great centres of shared knowledge, and are rightfully valued and celebrated by society. To me, these collections also represent evidence of the curiosity of the human being and our quest for knowledge, through our need to ask questions. A medical museum is distinct from other museums by the simple fact that we all have some embodied knowledge about the subject matter.”

A limited-run publication with texts exploring the idea of ‘healing’ will be freely available to visitors to the exhibition. Cross-disciplinary contributors include academics, architects, artists, designers, philosophers, and …. a thrill engineer.

Andrea Jespersen is a graduate from the Royal College of Art, London, and Glasgow School of Art and is at present engaged in a practice led PhD at Northumbria University. Her research focuses on art grounded in conceptual considerations, which use time-consuming handmade methods. She lives and works in London. For further information: www.jespersen.co.uk