Nørrebro - stories from a neighbourhood
Nørrebro was presented at the Museum of Copenhagen from June 25th to August 29th 2010, when we showed the exhibition “Nørrebro - stories from a neighbourhood”. The exhibition was curated by young Nørrebroers who through their own productions and dips in the museum’s picture archives put words, pictures and sound to the before and now of Nørrebro.
Street riots and green parks
Violent street riots, small worker’s tenement apartments, crowds, Turkish greengrocers and the buzz of languages from all over the world. Those are some of the things coming to mind when the talk is about the most densely populated and most culturally diverse neighbourhood in Copenhagen - Nørrebro. The myths of Nørrebro are thriving and associations are to a restless neighbourhood with a turbulent history. But Nørrebro is also new and old communities, green parks, street art and cosy communal kitchens. With the exhibition “Nørrebro - stories from a neighbourhood” the Museum of Copenhagen wishes to break with any preconceived perceptions of Nørrebro. Therefore the museum passes the microphone to Nørrebro itself and lets its inhabitants tell their different stories about their neighbourhood and the people that lived and lives there.
17 young people tell about Nørrebro
In the exhibition the four themes “Meeting”, “Movement”, “Home” and “Out” present stories about present Nørrebro in dialogue with historical photographs and films from the picture archives of the Museum of Copenhagen. The contemporary material is created by young Nørrebroers, who for the last 1 ½ years have been working at the Museum of Copenhagen collecting and producing stories about Nørrebro as part of the Nørrebro Project.
Camping in the Nørrebro Park
Using cameras, microphones and laptops the young people have created first hand accounts from those parts of Nørrebro, they deem to need a bit of spotlight. Experience pictures from a 24 hour tent camping in the Nørrebro Park, meet the passengers of the 5A bus on a ride down Nørrebrogade or enter the cosy, smoky locales of the Café Viking. In the exhibition you can also go back to the times when horse drawn carriages filled Queen Louise’s Bridge towards the end of the 19th century and view the dramatic photos of the clearing of the Allotria House in the 1980s.
From demolishing the ramparts to the eviction from the church
The exhibition is a journey through the history of Nørrebro from the demolition of the city’s ramparts and the following construction of the new “-bro” neighbourhoods to the eviction of the asylum seekers from the Brorson Church, the emerging of new street art and modern trash movements. In the exhibition one can experience the conflicts that have helped create Nørrebro and how the inhabitants’ attitudes to the city have changed over time.
Detours build new city
The art and architecture community Büro Detours are behind the exhibition’s architecture. The artists have donned their worker’s dungarees and reached for hammer, wood, nails and white paint bucket to recreate the museum’s exhibition rooms as a new city. In this city visitors can experience an array of art works consisting of wooden constructions especially created by the Detours artists for this exhibition. Detours work with an aspiration to create possibilities for randomness in the shaping of the city space. Therefore each artist has been given free reins to create the works that the material, the themes and the space inspire. As one of the artists, Cemilie explains, this approach means that the work is done based on a very loose plan, changing as the artists occupy the space. Excactly as cities themselves change their form and appearance according to the people inhabiting, using and creating them.
Tags change the exhibition
As Nørrebro has changed its appearance through time, so the exhibition will mirror this picture of the ever changing neighbourhood. At different events visitors and street artists are invited to take possession of the Detour city elements using tags, art and comments and thereby change the cityscape. The idea is to fill the white wooden surfaces with street art. When the exhibition opens the historic pictures and the productions of the Nørrebro Project will stand out clearly on the white background. But as the exhibition is gradually taken over by the street art and comments of visitors they will assume another role and change their meaning. Just as the real Nørrebro this city will become noisy and new meanings can be added to the four themes.
Read more about Büro Detours.