House of Chroma
Friday 5 July 2019

South of Trade Zone (by Fence Walk)

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Huge tree trunks make up a large sculpture for sitting, for meeting new friends and for overlooking the festival.

Presented and curated in collaboration with Copenhagen Contemporary.

“Community” is a key term at Roskilde Festival, and Claudia Comte’s sculpture ME WE offers the festivalgoers the opportunity to establish just that.

The large-scale sculpture that spells out the title of the work gives everyone a place to congregate, to meet and to make new friends, while creating new vistas and vantage points to experience the festival.

Made of 16 spruce tree trunks, each up to six meters long, 50 centimeters wide and weighing 800 kilos. The sculpture is the fourth in the series of tree trunk sentences that takes the geometry of language into consideration. By countering the familiar phrase ‘Us and Them’ which denotes a sense of division amongst groups, ME WE instead expresses a sense of community and connection.

Comte currently has her largest solo exhibition to date at Copenhagen Contemporary where 40 debarked tree trunks are at the centre of a collapsed forest, an installation mirroring the effects of our current era which impacts on Earth’s ecosystems.

Claudia Comte is a Swiss artist born in 1983. She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions including; Zigzags and Diagonals, MOCA Cleveland (2018), Swiss Performance Now, Kunsthalle Basel (2018), NOW I WON, Messeplatz, Art Basel (2017), 10 Rooms, 40 Walls, 1059 m2, Kunstmuseum Luzern (2017), I have Grown Taller From Standing with Trees, Copenhagen Contemporary, 2019.