WE ARE THE GRANDDAUGHTERS OF THE WITCHES YOU COULD NOT BURN
„Every town has its witch, and every parish its trolls; we will keep those from our lives with fires of happiness.“ These lines ring out at traditional Sankthansaften when a witch doll is burned on the bonfire.
The work is a visual investigation of the history of witch hunts in Denmark and their impact on today‘s society. Particularly on the perception of women in a time marked by a growing interest in spirituality. The project questions the prevailing perception of witches. It draws a connection to the history of witch hunts in Denmark in the Early Modern Period. The effects of the systematic persecution of witches, mainly in the 16th and 17th centuries in Europe, can still be observed today. Many of these underlying principles still exist in our patriarchal, capitalistic and colonialist society.
„We are the granddaughters of the witches you could not burn“ explores these sociopolitical and cultural influences by combining history with the contemporary perspective of modern Danish witches.