Book Release: WHO’S NEXT by Charlotte Haslund-Christensen

Who's Next? by Charlotte Haslund-Christensen

Who’s Next? a multiple by Charlotte Haslund-Christensen

Who's Next by Charlotte Haslund-Christensen
October 25, 2012: Release reception at 17:00 – 18:30 at
Fotografisk Center
Pasteurvej 14,1.
1799 V Copenhagen, Denmark
Culture Minister of Denmark Uffe Elbæk will give a speach at 17.30

 

Photo by Charlotte Haslund-Christensen

In 2009 photographer and queer woman Charlotte Haslund-Christensen photographed LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people at Copenhagen’s main police station – capturing them in mugshots like the criminals they would be many places in the world. WHO’S NEXT is a multiple, a book object consisting of 42 double portraits in a black box. This art project is Charlotte Haslund-Christensen’s comment on the fact that 76 countries continue to criminalise homosexuality – that LGBT people are still stigmatised, attacked and killed, with at least 5 countries making being gay punishable by death or life imprisonment.

The title WHO’S NEXT? is inspired by Pastor Martin Niemöller’s famous statement protesting political apathy during the rise of Nazism: “First they came for the communists…”

Charlotte Haslund-Christensen: WHO’S NEXT
Published by Forlaget Space Poetry
Edition: 250 signed box sets containing 42 photographic prints
Price: 1.000 DKK, 180 $, 135 EUR

 

Photo by Charlotte Haslund-Christensen

Photo by Charlotte Haslund-Christensen

Photo by Charlotte Haslund-Christensen

Photo by Charlotte Haslund-Christensen

Related link
Charlotte Haslund-Christensen’s online portfolio

Book Release: WHO’S NEXT? by Charlotte Haslund-Christensen

Press release

Who's Next? by Charlotte Haslund-Christensen, 2012

WHO’S NEXT by Charlotte Haslund-Cristensen. Signed box sets containing 42 photographic prints

WHO’S NEXT? book release
The Hasselblad Center [Gothenburg, Sweden]
April 18 2012, 6 pm
Release reception with talks by Charlotte Haslund-Christensen, Eva Borgström, Senior Lecturer at Gothenburg University and Louise Wolthers, researcher at The Hasselblad Foundation.

In 2009 Charlotte Haslund-Christensen photographed over 40 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people at Copenhagen’s main police station – capturing them in mugshots like the criminals they would be many places in the world.

The work is a comment on the fact that 76 countries continue to criminalise homosexuality – that LGBT people are still stigmatised, attacked and killed, with at least 5 countries making being gay punishable by death or life imprisonment.

The title WHO’S NEXT? is inspired by Pastor Martin Niemöller’s famous statement protesting political apathy during the rise of Nazism.

First they came for the communists,
And I didn’t speak out
Because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists
And I didn’t speak out
Because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
And I didn’t speak out
Because I wasn’t a Jew

Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me.

The need to protest against the daily persecution and prosecution of LGBT people is as relevant today as at any point in history. With slated legislation for the death penalty in Uganda, a recently passed ban on even uttering the word ‘gay’ in St. Petersburg, and a walkout staged by numerous nations from the UN Human Rights Council on violence and discrimination against LGBT people, the need to speak out and express solidarity is stronger then ever.

Each of the LGBT people photographed in WHO’S NEXT? – participating to raise awareness of the human rights of sexual minorities – was taken down to the prison basement of Copenhagen Central Police Station. They were escorted past cell doors, stripped of jewellery, had their fingerprints taken and were photographed by the artist from the front and in profile in the starkly lit studio of the police authorities.

The resulting mugshots are printed in the original police format and individually inserted in archival plastic sleeves. The entire collection is assembled in a limited edition box that underlines the archive they represent and mimic, but also enables the project to travel discretely across borders to regions where homosexuality continues to be a crime.

The artist Charlotte Haslund-Christensen says:
“WHO’S NEXT? is an act of solidarity and symbol of support. The box can be ‘smuggled’ past censorship and prejudice in the suitcases of a broad and international network that supports human rights, then handed over to contacts in the LGBT community in each of the 76 countries that criminalise their lives”. The purchase of each box supports the distribution of WHO’S NEXT? to countries where LGBT people face daily prosecution and persecution and are denied basic human rights.

WHO'S NEXT?
is published and distributed by (…) Spacepoetry.dk
EDITION: 250 signed box sets containing 42 photographic prints
PRICE: 1.000 DKK, 180 $, 135 EUR

Related Link
Charlotte Haslund-Christensen’s online portfolio

Queer Exhibitions In Copenhagen Durring The World Outgames 2009

GENDER TEST - Playing with Identity, July 24 – AUGust 2, 2009
The group show ‘Gender Test – Playing with Identity’ features images of men and women playing with gender codes. Photographs and paintings by Linda Hansen, Liv Carlé Mortensen, Diana Velasco, Kine Ravn, Morten Vejlgaard, Marie Wæhrens, Tomas Lagermand Ludme & Laura Eriksen.

GENDER TEST – Playing with Identity
Backyard Gallery, Højbro Plads 21B, 1256 København K, Denmark
Special World Outgames opening hours:
Monday – Friday: 12.00 – 19.00.
Saturday and Sunday: 12.00 – 17.00.

The exhibition is a part of World Outgames. World Outgames will be held from July 25 – August 2 2009 in Copenhagen.

Related
Read also about two other exhibitions ‘Meeting of Two Queens’ By Cecilia Barriga’ about ‘Lost and Found – Queerying the Archive’ at Nikolaj in Copenhagen, Denmark and Galleri Signe Vad, Copenhagen: I SKABET (In The Closet) about a solo exhibition by photographer Charlotte Haslund-Christensen.

Galleri Signe Vad, Copenhagen: I SKABET (In The Closet)

July 24 – August 13 2009 you can see Danish photographer Charlotte Haslund-Christensen‘s exhibition ‘I SKABET’ (In the closet) at Galleri Signe Vad, Nansensgade 47, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Charlotte has made mugshots of homosexual Danes. You may know some of her models, because they are all out and proud gay people, but in this show they are all turned anonymous and clasified by numbers.