Atiéna R. Kilfa, Special Effect, 2024
Atiéna R. Kilfa: Special Effect
May 4 – Sep 8, 2024
Den Frie
Copenhagen, Denmark

With Special Effect, Atiéna R. Kilfa presents a new body of works consisting of a short film and two large scale pencil drawings. In continuation of Kilfa’s investigation and restructuring of cinematic archetypes, Special Effect homes in on the nondescript figure of a man sitting at a desk. Shot in black and white, the film eerily evokes a timelessness of the figure by bringing it in resonance with pictorial genres reminiscent of various eras from German Expressionist cinema to the golden age of Hollywood film noir, fast forward to its 4K quality of today. By evoking these archetypes, figuration becomes a tool to examine the ciphers which make up our systems and their potential collapse.

Special Effect is the first exhibition in Den Frie’s exhibition program OSLO, which presents commissioned and newly produced solo projects by contemporary artists. The OSLO program continues Den Frie’s historic function as The Artists’ House where exhibitions have been curated and works have been realised in close collaboration with artists. Den Frie will present three yearly OSLO exhibitions in the sub-level gallery. The name OSLO is a reference to Den Frie’s address at Oslo Plads as well as an anagram for solo.

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