There Will be Days (2003), Rannvá Holm Mortensen
Painting, photo, photogravure, print, 190 x 740 cm

There Will be Days is a large collage featuring various references to art history, socialism and the labour movement etc. The main motif is based on the painting Il quarto stato (The Fourth Estate) (1901) by the Italian painter Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo (1868-1907). The painting depicts workers who do not feel fairly treated. They are marching peacefully, yet with determination, towards a more equitable society and a brighter future. Such situations resulted in gradual improvement for the working class and a more politically aware middle class.

One of the most recognisable references to art history figures in the first picture, where Le Penseur (The Thinker) by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) sits. It depicts a man who is lost in thought, but whose powerful body suggests a great capacity for action. Another reference to Rodin is in one of the square fields. Le Cathedrale (The Cathedral) is two right-handed hands, belonging to two different figures, together forming a unity without touching each other.

In the picture to the right, the woman holding a child in the painting Il quarto stato by Pellizza da Volpedo is accompanied by a photograph of the Faroese artist’s mother and a photo of La Pasionaria, Dolores Ibárruri (1895-1989) who was a Spanish communist who lived in exile in the Soviet Union returning to Spain in 1977, where she became a member of parliament. These are a total of three remarkable women adorned with anatomical hearts and blood vessels.

The square, smaller fields are composed of various images such as personal photographs, a map of the Faroe Islands, images of hands and technology. A system of pipes and blood vessels binds the work together.

In the Gospel According to St. Luke, when talking about the apocalypse, Jesus says: “the days will come”. In this work, Rannvá Holm Mortensen puts the words into a positive context and praises workers, life and technology. Days will come when social class does not have a role and where justice, community and equality prevail.

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