In celebration of Bastille Day, images of recent demonstrations reflect on what it means to be French today, well over a century since the storming of the Bastille. Photography by Stephane Lagoutte, Agence MYOP.
Hanne Nielsen (b. 1959) and Birgit Johnsen (b. 1958) graduated from the Jutland Art Academy in 1991 and 1990 respectively. They have collaborated since 1993, and have exhibited widely in Denmark and abroad as well as participated in numerous film festivals around the world. More recent solo exhibitions include Drifting at Sørlandets Kunstmuseum in Norway (2017), Protect / Release at Röda Sten Kunsthall in Sweden (2017), and Inclusion / Exclusion at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum in Denmark (2014). In 2016 the duo received the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Award, Denmark’s most substantial honorary grant for artists, and in 2017 the prestigious Eckersberg Medal.