Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark


Taking Fairytales to the Land of Hans Christian Andersen ~

CDC WILL PRESENT an exhibition of work by the Melbourne artist Magdalena Bors in the longest-running public photo gallery in continental Europe. Curated by Alasdair Foster, the exhibition will include work from two recent series. The first, ‘Homelands’, engages our wish for something magical beyond the humdrum of daily life, with fairy-tale scenes arising from the mundane materials and bric-à-brac of everyday domesticity. The second entitled ‘The Seventh Day’, turns squarely to explore the entanglement of creation and compulsion.




THE WORKS will be presented at Galleri Image in Aarhus, Denmark. The gallery’s director, Beate Cegielska, first saw this work when she visited the CDC website where Magdalena Bors was a featured artist. She then took a proposal to show the work for discussion with her exhibitions board, who agreed. The project was later developed in China when both Beate and Alasdair were attending the Pingyao International Festival of Photography. This gave them the opportunity to work on the practical issues of budgets and installation, and develop concepts for the catalogue. It is a process that illustrates how intercultural projects develop symbiotically, one enabling another.




Established in 1977, Galleri Image has presented many of the great names in international photography over the years. This is the first time that work by an Australian artist has been exhibited in the gallery.

THE EXHIBITION OPENS on 24 May and runs through to 30 June.


Related article: Australian artist ‘Wows’ Danish Art Critic



Images (from the top):
© Magdalena Bors Woodland Scene 2006
© Magdalena Bors Apostles 2011
This second scene depicts The Twelve Apostles, the name given to a group of limestone stacks located off the coast of Port Campbell National Park, on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria. They were formed by the uneven erosion of the cliff face. Originally known as the Sow and Piglets, the site was renamed The Apostles in 1922 to encourage tourism. The formation eventually became known as the Twelve Apostles, despite there only ever having been nine stacks, and now, due to continuing erosion by the sea, eight.


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