The Danish Arts Foundation Project Support Committee announced earlier today that Kirstine Roepstorff will represent Denmark in the 2017 Venice Biennale. She was chosen by a selection committee that included Gitte Ørskou, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Bodil Nielsen, and Jacob Tækker.
Roepstorff’s work deals with re-ordered power systems and new associations. The Berlin- and Denmark-based artist has become known for her collages, which, aside from using cut-out imagery, can also include fabric, brass, and wood, among other materials. Colorful and abstract, the collages often look like explosions—three are in MoMA’s collection. In the more recent years, however, Roepstorff has shifted to making abstract sculpture, some of which has been shown around Denmark in the form of public art projects.
Ørskou, the president of Project Support Committee for the Visual, said of Roepstorff, “Her artistic practice has had a major impact on the way that Danish art has taken in recent times and her works have the high quality and the format required in Venice.”
Other artists to represent Denmark in Venice include Elmgreen & Dragset (in 2009), Jesper Just (2013), and Danh Vo (2015).