Video: “Who do you THINK you are” - 2008
Mille Kalsmose-Hjelmborg is making art on the borders between the traditional genres and traditional concept of art on the one side, and art as a genuine part of our lived lives, on the other.
Her work is staged as an enquiry of what it is - actions, decisions, history, a moment in time - that makes us ourselves. Her work is conceptual, but also grounded in process, as her every day life has a direct influence on her artworks. In this sense Mille’ s work is autobiographical: the artworks and reality are intimately connected in the process of creation.
She creates new connections between the individual world of experience, and the social reality permanently changing.
Here we exist in a constant tension between loosing our identity through the innumerable social relations and networks in which we are constantly being absorbed, and the need to confront this process of demolition through the permanent reshaping of our own identity.
It is crucial that this reshaping must not be an excluding process negatively directed towards the other person, but in stead must be able to receive him in his unique existence.
Thus new concepts of individual identity must be developed leading to binding social relations, and this is the task that Mille Kalsmose-Hjelmborg undertakes through her art.
By Ole Fogh Kirkeby