Installation view from the Aarhus Art Building
“Some say it’s according to the stories” is a sound work made for the exhibition Minority Report – challenging intolerance in contemporary Denmark. The project consisted of interviews with people connected to refugee politics in contemporary Denmark. The interviews were installed in one of the international Eurolines busses on the route between Aalborg-Aarhus-Berlin for the duration of the exhibition. An additional version of the work was simultaneously installed in the coffeshop at Aarhus Art Building. During the year 2004, the organisation Komitéen Flygtninge Under Jorden (The Committee Refugees Underground) together with the artists Runo Lagomarsino & Johan Tirén made a collaborative work. Their starting point is an engagement and interest in refugee politics and a will to show a multitude and a range of narratives in contrast to the plain way that the subject is usually represented in the media. The eight different stories are told by people who have been exposed to the Danish refugee politics in various ways. Some are hiding from the authorities, some are waiting for a decision on their applications and some are helping refugees with lawyers, paperwork and support. “Some say it’s according to the stories” are narratives that usually don’t get told and are therefore not heard. Stories that talk about personal courage as well as structural problems within refugee politics of today.