TUPILAKOSAURUS: An Incomplete(able) Survey of Pia Arke’s Artistic Work and Research


TUPILAKOSAURUS: An Incomplete(able) Survey of Pia Arke’s Artistic Work and Research


TUPILAKOSAURUS: An Incomplete(able) Survey of Pia Arke’s Artistic Work and Research is a comprehensive monograph on the seminal but overlooked work of Greenlandic-Danish visual artist and thinker Pia Arke (1958-2007). In essays and images, the book documents Arke’s lifelong artistic engagement with the silence that surrounds Denmark’s colonial presence in Greenland, and examines how she by unearthing the ‘little’ history of Greenland’s colonization by Denmark managed to say something decisive about the much ‘bigger’ history of Western imperialism and the dynamics of today’s world order. 

The 400-page richly illustrated book constitutes the first survey in print of Arke’s collected works, practice, and methodology and is divided into five parts. Part 1 documents Kuratorisk Aktion’s critically acclaimed and award-winning Pia Arke retrospective exhibition from 2010 TUPILAKOSAURUS: Pia Arke’s Issue with Art, Ethnicity, and Colonialism, 1981-2006 and the more than 100 works it displayed in art spaces and cultural history museums during its tour to Copenhagen, Nuuk, and Umeå. Part 2 presents a vast selection of Arke’s notes, sketches, and correspondence from her own and various other archives. In part 3, 19 different people from Arke’s professional and social networks contribute with texts on individual works and with essays offering different perspectives on her practice. Part 4 contextualizes the Greenland-Denmark relation and postcolonial practice in the Nordic region with essays by Arke herself and cultural critic Erik Gant. Finally, part 5 contains a first attempt at a comprehensive biography and selected exhibition history, bibliography, and catalogue raisonné. In addition, the book is accompanied by a DVD containing a selection of Arke’s individual and collaborative video works. 

Editor: Kuratorisk Aktion (Frederikke Hansen & Tone Olaf Nielsen)
Publisher: Kuratorisk Aktion, Copenhagen 2012
Contributors: Pia Arke, Lars Kiel Bertelsen, Tine Bryld, Erik Gant, Søren Jønsson Granat, Mirjam Joensen, Stefan Jonsson, Carsten Juhl, Anders Jørgensen, Mette Jørgensen, Inge Kleivan, Kuratorisk Aktion, Jan-Erik Lundström, Iben Mondrup, Sara Olsvig, Søren Bro Pold, Irit Rogoff, Mette Sandbye, Kirsten Thisted, Finn Thrane
Type: Hardcover, canvas
Language: English
Size: 400 pages, 270 color illustrations + DVD with four video works by Pia Arke
Dimensions: 19 x 23 x 3.2 cm
ISBN: 978-87-993523-2-6
Distribution: Kuratorisk Aktion, info@kuratorisk-aktion.org
Price: DKK 299 / € 40 / US$ 50 (ex. handling fee, packaging, and shipping)

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