Maj Hasager is a Danish artist currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She studied photography and fine art in Denmark, Sweden and the UK, and completed her MFA from Malmö Art Academy, Sweden in 2008. Her work has been exhibited internationally – both in galleries and in the public realm . Exhibitions include Past Upon Past, Red Barn Photo Gallery, Belfast (2013), Decembers Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk (2012), Future Movements Liverpool Biennial (2010), Between Here and Somewhere Else, al-Hoash, al-Kahf gallery and Sakakini Cultural Centre, Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Ramallah (2010) The Other Shadow of the City, al-Hoash, Jerusalem (2009); Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art (2009), Copenhagen; A farewell to postcolonialism – The Third Guangzhou Triennial, China (2008).
Decembers – narrating history juxtaposes images from an official history from Gdansk, discarded archival material, and a constructed narrative based on true stories told by women. The work centres on two protests that happened in December – one in 1970 and the other in 1981. This film shines a light on the discarded stories of everyday life and emphasizes their role in the fabric of history. It is an attempt to make the private stories of those events more prominent, to complete the official image of history. The film is made of images from the archive of the European Center for Solidarity in Gdansk.
Image: © 2012 Maj Hasager & European Centre for Solidarity, Gdansk