The Art of Repair: Vulnerability, Labour and Local Entanglements


Anna Rieder & Signe Lynge (DK), Byhaven & Terræn (DK), Foreningen for Kunst og Mental Sundhed (DK), Jakob Jakobsen & Hospital for Self Medication (DK), Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld (DK), Kristina Müntzing (SE), Rasmus Brink Pedersen (DK), Staying with the Struggle (represented by Barly Tshibanda (DRC/DK) and Nanna K. Dahler (DK), Zeenath Hasan (SE).


Fabrikken for Kunst og Design (The Factory for Art and Design) has a history as the main laundry for hospital textiles for the Copenhagen health care sector. As part of the Sundholm area the laundry functioned as a labour camp for so-called ‘outsiders’: sex worksers, homeless citizens, those struggling with mental health issues and other who did not fit into society’s norms. This event departs from the local history of the factory. Through site specific art works, performance and conversations across disciplines and experiences, we explore the relationships between art, local politics, activism and vulnerability. What is the potential and the problems that accompany socially engaged art and art dealing with mental health? Which are the potential consequences of art projects – such as biennials like Alt_Cph – moving into local communities haunted by troubled histoires, trauma, inequality and precarity?



12.45 – Doors Open

13.00 – Welcome by Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology

13.30 – Panel: The Art of Repair: Vulnerability, Labour and Local Entanglements

With Zeenath Hassan, Staying With The Struggle, Rasmus Brink Pedersen and Birgit Bundesen. Moderated by Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld.


15.15 – Guided tour in Byhaven & Terræn 

16.00 – Artist talk: Jakob Jakobsen & Hospital for Self Medication

16.30 – Reading: Anna Rieder & Signe Lynge Andersen