SPECTA (DK)

SPECTA represents a diverse group of Scandinavian and international artists. Presenting a wide range of media, the gallery profile emphasizes great variety with a focus on the artist’s original approach to material / media and precisely defined practices. The gallery's artists are all represented in public and private collections. Founded by Else Johannesen in 1980 SPECTA is one of the longest standing galleries in Denmark, and it was passed down to Gitte Johannesen at the beginning of 2019.

Peder Skrams Gade 13
1054 Copenhagen K
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Johannes Sivertsen (DK/FR)

The work of Johannes Sivertsen is based on the lack of images he himself experienced, as he was growing up as a stranger among strangers in the suburbs of Paris. Sivertsen appropriates imagery and techniques which were used in the 1800s to paint the greatness of Europe. As Sivertsen creates his alternative history paintings, he makes us aware of our cultural gaze - the point from which we see the world. Sivertsen sees his paintings as a contribution added to an ongoing debate on history and identity and his motifs refer to key points in the western self-understanding.

Johannes Sivertsen (b. 1984, Paris; FR) was born and raised by Danish parents in the suburbs of Paris. He graduated from the Funen Academy of Arts in 2014. He has done a number of exhibitions, e.g. 'Toubab' at SPECTA (DK); 'The Unnamed' at Overgaden - Institute for Contemporary Art (DK); 'Response' at I:Project Space (CN). Sivertsen has been awarded with grants such as Aage & Yelva Nimbs Foundation and Jens Søndergaard og Hustrus Mindelegat. Sivertsen is represented in the collections of the Danish Arts Agency and the City of Copenhagen.

FOAB (Father Of All Bombs)

Oil on canvas, 27 x 33 cm
2021

Photo by SPECTA

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In the Shower II

Oil on canvas, 33 x 27 cm
2021

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Berlin

Oil on canvas, 41 x 33 cm
2021

Photo by Anders Sune Berg

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Toubabs

Oil on canvas, 65 x 54 cm
2021

Photo by Anders Sune Berg

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Captive

Oil on canvas, 33 x 27 cm
2020

Photo by Anders Sune Berg

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Lalla Fatma N'soumer

Oil on canvas, 33 x 27 cm
2020

Photo by Anders Sune Berg

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Johannes Sivertsen, Toubab, Installation view, 2021, SPECTA

Photo by Anders Sune Berg

"Of course it has to do with my own story; I grew up in the Parisian suburb called “93” and have been much influenced by the French-Algerian history that I learned in the schoolyard and on the streets, but never in school."

Johannes Sivertsen

Portrait of Johannes Sivertsen