One of my absolute favourite Scandinavian artists is danish Kirsten Justesen. A pioneer in female body art, a feminist and a multi-range genre female artist. I just love how powerful her political and social messages are and how her feminist point of view is always present in her artwork. That’s why I am very eager to share this little dedication and story about her work here. I have chosen my absolute favourites from her works here below and also a small “about” text for you to read more about her. Hope you enjoy her as much as I do!
Kirsten Justesen Omstaendligheder, 1973. Omstaendligheder is a photo series of ca 100 black and white photographs where Kirsten is the main motif herself. She is naked and six months pregnant in all of the photographs.
The works of photographs don’t form a coherent narrative but are divided into different sequences. They take place in different rooms where she is always present nude and pregnant in many different scenarios such as seen here. With a torso or serving freshly baked buns while naked with her own baby bump.
The photographs are from the 70ies and are an early example of body art. Kirsten is using her body to examine the naked pregnant body’s sculptural qualities and the body as a subject versus object as well as the symbolism in pregnancy and carrying a child.
Kirsten Justesen trained in classical sculpture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts from which she graduated in 1975.
Her activities comprise a wide range of genres, from body art and performance art to sculpture and installation. Justesen was part of the avant-garde scene of the 1960s, where she became a pioneering figure within the three-dimensional modes of art that incorporate the artist’s own body as artistic material. These experiments led her in the direction of the feminist art which challenged traditional value systems during the 1970s. Her later works constitute broader investigations of relationships between body, space, and language.
About via KirstenJustesen.com
MONUMENTAL VIDEOPOSITION 1991
IMPRINT #2 #3 & #5
To learn more about Kirsten and see more of her art visit kirstenjustesen.com