Just Like Home

2nd and 3rd floor
14. August - 31. August 2014

“The family is a construct or a pattern into which we are born, to which we are expected to adapt, and through which, for better or worse, we are meant to find our identity.” – Julie Nord

With JUST LIKE HOME Julie Nord presents a series of family portraits in a scenery installation designed in the style of a classic Copenhagen apartment. For Julie Nord it is a new approach to relate in such a radically theatrical way to the exhibition space. In so doing she wants to express and investigate the home and the family portrait as images of mankind’s search for identity.

JUST LIKE HOME is a recognizable home where family portraits hang in the traditional way. At the same time the installation presents a disturbingly mysterious universe where several portraits have empty or dissolving faces, which - despite real life-inspired sound effects - evoke a ghost-like atmosphere and a sense of absence.

The portraits do not show specific people, nor is this a specific home. The identity of the people is fluid in terms of time and place, and this is reflected in the mixed stylistic references to the portrait traditions of different epochs. Here we see inspiration from the patterns of the 1960s and 1970s; models in the controlled, Victorian frontal portraits of the nineteenth century; references to the idealising portraiture tendencies of the 20th century, and the present-day tendency towards self-staging. Julie Nord’s own well known style is also represented by a series of fantasizing black-and-white family por­traits.

Julie Nord (b. 1970) graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2001. She belongs to a generation of visual artists who took up figurative art again at the end of the 1990s. She finds inspiration in folk tales and other popular-culture idioms such as tattoos, book illuminations, romantic children’s books and the Gothic horror aesthetic.

The exhibition has been developed in collaboration with KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg.