New Red Order Presents:

One if by Land, Two if by Sea

23 mar – 7 aug 2022 Opening: 23 mar 2022 17:00

Kunsthal Charlottenborg has invited New Red Order to curate an international group exhibition and a brand new film programme on the occasion of CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival. The exhibition occupies the entire north wing and connects artists, works and experiences from different places around the world from Kalaallit Nunaat and Sápmi to Hawaii.

New Red Order is an unusual institution: a public secret society of rotating and expanding membership, including core contributors Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys, who confront colonial structures with incisive humour, to promote Indigenous futures.

The exhibition New Red Order Presents: One if by Land, Two if by Sea features the work of an international group of emerging and established visual artists: Asinnajaq, Hanan Benammar & Uyarakq, Minik Bidstrup, Sean Connelly, Carola Grahn, Julie Edel Hardenberg, Inuk Silis Høegh & Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen, Fox Maxy, Joar Nango, New Red Order, Laura Ortman, Solvognen, Krista Belle Stewart, Tanya Tagaq, Tarrak, Uvagut TV.

The exhibition presents films, sculpture, performance, installations, music videos, photography and much more. Contributions from artists like Krista Belle Stewart investigate the inappropriate desire in Europe to ‘play Indian’, other works like Fox Maxy’s film Maat raise issues of ‘Landback’ all the while exhibiting a sense of contemporaneity and Indigenious excellence, while projects from Hanan Benammar and Uyarakq seek to reimagine historical colonial figures in more nuanced and sometimes humorous light. Issues surrounding memory, history, and colonial legacies are upended in favor of emphasizing contemporaneity and a speaking back to the monolithic understanding of history that many Indigenous people have been asked to internalize. Themes include land rights, history-writing, religion, public monuments, Indigenous peoples across nation borders, support, independence and survivance.

New Red Order Presents: One if by Land, Two if by Sea seeks to bend and break temporal and geographical conditions, all the while maintaining a nuanced specificity to place. The space between this shared specificity creates a territory that could spawn new approaches to ‘decolonial’ work and possibly foster other more meaningful and intuitive formulations.

Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil (Ojibway) and Jackson Polys (Tlingit) of New Red Order are based in New York City. Their works have been presented at prominent art institutions and film festivals including Artists Space and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Kunstverein in Hamburg, the Toronto Biennial 2019, the Whitney Biennial 2019, the New York Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival.

The exhibition is accompanied by an ambitious programme of public events including a large event on 25 March and a film programme curated by New Red Order in Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s cinema, 6 April – 15 May 2022. Please see below for further details.

New Red Order Presents: One if by Land, Two if by Sea is curated by New Red Order in conversation with freelance curator Irene Campolmi and Henriette Bretton-Meyer, Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

The exhibition is realised in collaboration with CPH:DOX and supported by Art Hub Copenhagen, Augustinus Fonden, Beckett-Fonden, Det Obelske Familiefond, Knud Højgaards Fond, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Statens Kunstfond, William Demant Fonden.

The admission is free during CPH:DOX, 23 March – 3 April 2022, where the exhibition is open every day, Monday-Sunday at 10.00-20.00.



Events in relation to the exhibition:

25 March 2022 at 21.30-23.30: TED Talks on Acid – event in CPH:DOX’s Social Cinema
TED Talks on Acid (TToA) is an innovative live event format that weaves between public assembly, academic symposium, music and film festival and artists talk. Artists, activists and academics share the line-up with rappers and noise musicians in order to present a discursive and hopefully hallucinatory trip to questioning the ongoing legacy of Danish colonialism in all of its forms. Contributors in alphabetical order: Sean Connelly, Mathias Danbolt, Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Lars Jensen, Lars Bang Larsen, Asmund Mikkelsen, Virgil B/G Taylor, Uyarakq, and others.

The event is hosted by Mathias Kryger and Irene Campolmi. CPH:DOX’s opening party will follow at the closing of the event. Further info here.

6 April – 29 May 2022: The Informants – film programme curated by New Red Order
For Indigenous peoples, the camera is a dangerous weapon, one that has been wielded against them since the device’s inception. Anthropology’s obsession with preserving images of so-called vanishing cultures, through ethnographic films or, relatedly, archives filled with boxes of ancestral remains, has long been a tool used to colonize and oppress Indigenous peoples.

In the works assembled for the film programme The Informants, the power of Indigenous people claiming the camera for themselves is explored. Further info here.

29 April at 17-18 : New Red Order x Sami Girl Gang 

In connection with our current exhibition New Red Order Presents: One if by Land, Two if by Sea, we are very pleased to invite Sami Girl Gang to take over one of the public program events at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.
Sami Girl Gang operates as a platform for promoting the art of Indigenous women as well as a space for collaboration and experimentation between different art praxes. The event at Kunsthal Charlottenborg will be a cacophonic evening featuring video, music and performance lectures , including multidisciplinary artist and musician Elina Waage Mikalsen from Tromsø, Sápmi/Norway, visual artist Lada Suomenrinne from Njuorggán, Sápmi photographer and filmmaker Marja Helander, NYC dancer Ashley Byler and performance artist Jessie Kleeman who is originally from Upernavik in northern Kalaallit Nunaat.
Further info here.
7. June at 17-19: New Red Order Presents: An evening with Paul Chaat Smith and Laura Ortman
Taking the friendly yet incendiary tone of the New Red Order’s practice as a point of departure, Paul Chaat Smith, a curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, discusses aspects that make New Red Order a unique apparatus, unlike anything or anyone else, ever. The evening is followed by a concert by Laura Ortman who is a part of the New Red Order exhibition. Laura Ortman is a soloist musician, composer and vibrant collaborator with NRO. Laura Ortman, who is White Mountain Apache, creates works across multiple platforms, including recorded albums, live performances, and filmic and artistic soundtracks. Further info here.