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30 · 11 · 2022


In 2020 the Danish Cultural Institute launches Voices of Violence, a video exhibition project focusing on violence and sexism perpetuated against women. The project focuses on the importance of spaces and platforms where women can voice their stories and experiences.


The project is connected with the insights and perspectives generated by the #metoo, which deals with female experiences of sexual violence and harassment, and this focus has formed the core of the video exhibition. The exhibition combines 35 short videos where Belarussian, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Icelandic and Danish actresses read real anonymous stories of sexism and sexual violence. The exhibition not only gives a voice to the stories told in the videos but also provides a platform for audience members to tell their own stories anonymously.


In 2021 and 2022 it has travelled to Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia as well as Belarus where it was exhibited in connection with major festivals in each of the countries. In Belarus the exhibition will take place online.


And in 2023 the exhibition is coming to Denmark!


On view from 08.03 – 3.04. – DOKK1 (Torvet), Aarhus


The exhibition will be opened with a public discussion – Danish and Baltic researchers, writers, journalists, artists, activists and other cultural actors working with this important topic will use the exhibition as a starting point and source of knowledge and input to discuss issues of gender, art, sexism, and sexual violence. Among the panelists will be professor from Aarhus University Mikkel Thorup, Signe Uldbjerg from KØN – Gender Museum Denmark, Inga Gaile, poet, fiction author, and president of PEN Latvia, as well as Laura Stašāne, one of the creators of “Physical Evidence Museum”. The discussion will be moderated by journalist, editor at Politiken and author Line Vaaben.


The exhibition is aiming to provide space where the frightening reality of gendered violence can be voiced and made audible. Listening and understanding is the first step towards action and change!


In 35 short videos well-known Danish, Icelandic, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Belarusian actresses give a voice to the real anonymous stories on gendered violence. Among them are Danish actresses Laura Drasbæk, Marie Louise Wille, Sarah Juel Werner, Katrine Greis Rosenthal, Olivia Joof Lewerissa, and Camilla Bendix. All stories have been gathered in close cooperation with women’s help centres in each country and are anonymous.

The Nordic and Baltic countries as well as Belarus face many of the same issues when it comes to gender equality, sexism and gendered violence. The stories featured in the Voices of Violence exhibition uncover the marks that these experiences have left on women across borders.

Voices of Violence exhibition is brought to Aarhus with the help of the Århundredets Festival, DOKK1, and KØN – Gender Museum Denmark.

The project was developed in close cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Offices in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Black Night Stars Film Festival, Scanorama Film festival, Norden Lights Film festival, MARTA center, Womans Issues Information Center, Feministeerium, Kvennaathvarf, Metafilm, Latvian Academy of Culture, WIFT Iceland, ProRent. Project is supported by the Agency for Culture and Palaces (SLKS), Nordic Council of Ministers and Knud Højgaards Fond.


Exhibition design: Zane Priede

Graphic design: Rūta Jumīte


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