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“Every town has it’s witchs”

Witch Hunts interpreted by local painters in Ribe

Denmark’s only museum dedicated to witch persecution is located here in Ribe. But what do ordinary people from Ribe think about witches and witch hunts today?
The two art groups, Ribe Amatørmalere (Ribe Amateur Painters) and Fabulenterne (The Fabulents), have pondered on this question.

After a visit to HEX!, they interpreted the phenomenon “witch hunts” in their various paintings. The paintings reflected their own interpretations, thoughts, and ideas. They depicted fictional situations and artistic interpretations of a historical phenomenon.

The title of the exhibition comes from a line in Holger Drachmann’s song “Midsummer Hymn”: “every town has its witch, and every parish its trolls, whom we will ward off with joyful pyres.”

Ribe Amateur Painters

The group was established in 1997 and has been an official association since 2008. It consists of 17 painters, three of whom have been members since the beginning. They gather once a week for eight months of the year to paint together. Annually, they receive instruction from a professional artist, but otherwise, they draw inspiration from their surroundings and each other.

The Fabulents

The group was founded in 2014 and is comprised of 12 members who meet several times a month to paint. They draw inspiration from the surroundings around Ribe, and the group often engages with abstract and exploratory themes. Therefore, they chose to name themselves Fabulenterne referring to the expression “to fabulate”, which means “to express oneself in an imaginative manner”.