9–15 March 2020

(11.03 – 18.03.2020)


-- Exhibition Cancelled -- Mod er mærker / [ Courage from (birth)marks ] / [Mut von (mutter)male]

Janne K. Hansen, Lene Harbo Pedersen, Malene Lerager, Lars Koepsel, Jörg Koopmann

Schönfeldstraße 19, Munich, Germany

Opening 11.03 19:00-21:00
Thu 14:00-19:00, Evening meditation 18:00
Fri 14:00-19:00, Artist Talk 17:30: Janne K. Hansen
Sat 14:00-19:00, Evening meditation 18:00
Sun 14:00-19:00, Photo screening 17:30: Jörg Koopmann

16.03-18.03 Mon-Wed 12:00-16:00

Mod er mærker
[Mut von (Mutter)malen / Courage from (birth)marks]
We all meet grief, illness – and death in our lives. Mod er mærker, a hand-bound book in gold and leather, is the focal point of the exhibition, which, through photos, videos, and poems, jewellery, book bindings, we examines and reflects on the vulnerability that arises in connection with illness, death, and love. The purpose is healing – through destigmatization of the emotions connected to serious illness and death. Through conversation, collaboration and a collective creative process. In the beginning, the work was only words. In a vulnerable moment of connecting over the topic of illness, it was shared. That in turn, led to an exploration of how to shed ourselves of the fear, and change with and through expression. The words and curating process did cause change and healing – and a collaboration between Janne K. Hansen (jewellery artist), Malene Lerager (bookbinder) and Lene Harbo Pedersen (text and concept).

What do you do, when you have cancer, but both your parents have illnesses far more serious than your own?
Curator and photographer, Lene Harbo Pedersen, was one of three in her family who were stricken with cancer at the same time. It raised questions of grief and care. Of death and love. It created a strong interest in how society deals with sickness and how it is to be sick in our society.


How can we connect at a deeper level, but also involuntarily feel cut off. The process itself has now become a focal point. This time, the project is collaborating with artist and exhibition director Lars Koepsel, who, during the exhibition period, will be working in his space AoA on a floor to ceiling, three wall mural piece, “Expected”. His work is an exploration of words, and what they do. The Mod er mærker installation will be surrounded by Koepsel’s work in progress, but will also imprint upon his work, as small interventions. We work with the unexpected onto the expected; A poetic, photographic, handmade process, constantly changing, much like our bodies.

The curator and artist, one of the modermærker (muttermale/birthmarks) Lene Harbo Pedersen, will be present in the space and one might catch Lars Koepsel while he is working on his mural. We invite you to come by. For dialogue, perhaps to read a little, or to participate in an evening meditation. Photographer Jörg Koopmann will be visiting, early one evening. He will be showing more of his photographs from the universal privacy that found it’s way into the book, an ongoing series that, after 154 consecutive slides, made legendary photographer Anders Pedersen utter “I want more”. Janne K. Hansen will be giving an artist talk about jewellery as art, the marks themselves, and with Lene Harbo Pedersens talk about how important it is that we consider the inherent love of the marks, as well. (read Donna Haraway).