Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen
Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen Lives and works in London. His films occupy a space between art and documentary film-making, acting as filmic portraits which often explore people caught in politically and/or emotionally complex situations.
His recent film Promised Land portrays a number of migrants as they try to get from France to England. It took two years to make and gives a unique and very personal insight into the lives, hopes and dreams of the migrants. His two films Tales From the Periphery from 2010 are made from footage shot by stigmatized second-generation immigrants residing in infamous housing estates in the outskirts of Paris and Århus in Denmark. In Rendezvous, Larsen’s extraordinary two-screen installation shown at the Sharjah Biennial 2009, he re-united Indian families who are forced to send their breadwinners to the Gulf region to work as labourers.
Other films include Je t’aime Infiniment a non narrative road movie shot in Lebanon in 2010 – made in collaboration with Corine Shawi as part of CPH:DOX’s DOX:LAB, Tomorrow Everything is Possible shows life from a number of all day drinkers at a Danish bar in the centre of Århus, No Place Like Home is a depiction of the transformation of the desert surrounding Dubai and Mystic Truths is a collection of 27 short films exploring everyday life in Palestine.
Larsen’s work has been screened and exhibited extensively around the world. Selected solo exhibitions include: From the Edge, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland (2012); Promised Land, Galerie Vanessa Quang, Paris (2012); Do Not Use, Revolver Galeria, Lima, Peru (2010); Contes de la peripherie, Maison du Danemark, Paris, France (2010); Rolling In, Volta NY, New York (2010); Control Wanted, Gallerie Vanessa Quang (2008). Group shows include ‘Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece (2011); Folkestone Triennial II, UK (2011); Sharjah Biennial 9, U.A.E, (2009). His work is represented in public and private collections in Denmark, England, France, Holland, Italy, Norway, United Arab Emirates and United States.