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“Make Yourself at Home”

Kunsthal Charlottenborg

“Make Yourself at Home” set out to explore notions of hospitality in a world marked by globalization, mass displacement, and growing xenophobia. Curators Charlotte Bagger Brandt and Koyo Kouoh invoked everything from the writings of Jacques Derrida to the Danish term hygge, a word akin to “coziness,” in the text accompanying their exhibition of ten artists’ work, which included painting, video, photography, installation, and performance. Unexpectedly, the most incisive works on view often included aspects of either monumentality or social experiment. One of the more imposing pieces, Pascale Marthine Tayou’s Home Sweet Home, 2010, projects both overt jubilance and subtle heartache with its massive jumble of concatenated birdcages held aloft by stakes on top of a straw pallet. Spindly African wood carvings of figures in Western attire dangle upside down like bats from the structure’s

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