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Still from Quivery Heart, 2018. Kirsten Astrup and Maria Bordorff. Photo: Mads Hoppe

Artist talks KHM x MMM

13.1 2015 – 28.5 2020


KHM x MMM is a series of lectures and artist talks created in collaboration between Malmö Art Academy and Moderna Museet Malmö.

KHM x MMM presents a broad programme of internationally active artists, theorists, writers and curators connected to current themes and exhibitions. The programme and the invited speakers are presented continuously. Free admission.

Kirsten Astrup & Maria Bordorff. Film screening + lecture

(Date to be confirmed)

At Moderna Museet Malmö, Kirsten Astrup & Maria Bordorff will talk about their film works Faithful and Diligent and Quivery Heart. With elements from the cabaret such as political satire, music and caricatures, they depict a welfare society in change, where collective values are on retreat for more individualistic worldviews.

While Faithful and Diligent takes place in the former central post building in Copenhagen – which is currently turned into a luxury hotel – Quivery Heart unfolds in old train wagons with a cast of professional actors, drag performers, railway employees and friends of the artists acting as stewardesses and passengers bound for derailment. Both films deal with the infrastructures and falling institutions of the welfare state in increasingly post-political times.

A third film is underway, and Astrup & Bordorff will share some of their current research into the digitalization of the welfare state, where the institution in danger could easily be democracy itself. The lecture begins with a screening of Quivery Heart (2018).

Kirsten Astrup (b. 1983) & Maria Bordorff (b. 1988) officially became a duo in 2018, and they graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Copenhagen. They work with film and performance and their most recent work is Summer Night by the Beach (2019). They have shown in various museums such as Museum of Contemporary Art, the Munch Museum, ARKEN and Holstebro Art Museum. Together, they have received several awards, including the Remmen Foundation Art Prize and honors from Aage and Yelva Nimbs Foundation. For Quivery Heart they were awarded the Danish Academy Council’s Franciska Clausen medal in 2019.

Upcoming artist talks:

Kirsten Astrup & Maria Bordorff (Date to be confirmed)
28 May: Lea Porsager