A Space Where Your Voices Can Live is a performative exhibition exploring the totality of someone else’s mind. It is inspired by an anecdote passed down to me by my mother, who worked as an occupational therapist in psychiatric care throughout my childhood, about a woman who built a mansion in which to live, to co-exist, with the incessant voices who followed her around.
In an old canon tower at Malmöhus Castle an internal dreamscape was assembled in the form of a large-scale textile, multi-media installation by Lise Haller Baggesen (US/Denmark), with sound by Naima Karlsson (UK/Sweden) and Adriana Camacho (Mexico), and a choreography by Sanna Blennow (Sweden) performed by a local cast of dancers, including Julienne Doko (France/Central African Republic/Denmark), Yrsa Heijkenskjöld (Sweden), Viktoriia Khoroshylova (Ukraine/Sweden), Chollada Phinitduang (Thailand/Norway), Alvilda Aja Faber Striim (Denmark).
A Space Where Your Voices Can Live was also shown in the context of Roskilde Festival 2023 in the local area of Sankt Hans Hospital (Psykiatrisk Center Skt Hans).
Curator: Anne Thomasen (Denmark). Co-curator Roskilde Festival: Brian Ulbrichsen (Denmark).
The exhibition is made possible with the support from Malmö Stad, Region Skåne, Hjalmar Gans Fond, The Danish Arts Foundation, and The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.
Still photography by Henrik Hellström, video by Martin Köhler Jørgensen and Helle Lyshøj.
ROSKILDE FESTIVAL '23
An immersive installation transforms the raw and industrial hall of Gloria into a colorful and meditative universe.
Danish visual artist Lise Haller Baggesen transforms Gloria's foyer into a welcoming, embracing and caring universe. A tranquil oasis in the middle of the festival's wonderful jumble.
The installation A Space Where Your Voices Can Live creates a space for contemplation and provides new perspectives on mental health.
Lise Haller Baggesen explores the inner worlds—our thoughts, mental states and identity—and blurs and challenges the boundaries of what is categorized as the so called "normal".
For this artwork, she has found inspiration in the works of Danish artist Caroline Ebbesen, who spent much of her life at a psychiatric hospital in Roskilde.
With her performance and installation, Lise Haller Baggesen sorrounds the participants with large textiles, sound by musician and visual artist Naima Karlsson, choreography by Sanna Blennow performed with Julienne Doko, Yrsa Heijkenskjöld, Chollada Phinitduang, and Alvilda Aja Faber Striim.
Lise Haller Baggesen lives and works in Chicago.
The exhibition is curated by Anne Thomasen in collaboration with Malmö Konstmuseum and has been supported by Malmö Stad, Region Skåne, Hjalmar Gans Foundation, The Danish Arts Foundation, and Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.
-Roskilde Festival, https://www.roskilde-festival.dk/en/years/2023/acts/lise-haller-baggesen/