Through seven focal points, the exhibition illuminates some of the dynamics and situations that still make people fear witchcraft around the world to this day.
In some places, people who fear react by taking matters into their own hands, in other places the persecution is legal.
Photo: Kristina Steiner
Photo: Eilif Aslaksen_NRK
The organization Land of Hope, led by Dane Anja Lovén, rescues children accused of witchcraft in Nigeria. Land of Hope gives them a new home and a future.
The children have very violent experiences with them and they use, among other things, art to express their feelings.
We have the great honor to be able to show a number of the children’s pictures and in this way can help to give the children back the voice that was taken from them when they were accused of being witches.
Deborah writes: “Children branded as ‘witches’ undergo a lot of abuses, fear and trauma ranging from burning them in fire, beating, slashing their bodies with sharp knives, acid bath, and forcing nails into their skulls, just to make them ‘confess’.”
The documentary, Gushegu Exile (53 min.), is shown in the exhibition room with English subtitles. In it, Emil Nørgaard Munk tells the story of Ghana’s witch camps, which are inhabited by women accused of witchcraft.
In the autumn, we hold a number of events around the theme. It will, among other things, be possible to meet Anja Lovén and her team at HEX!, where Anja will talk about the art project and the process behind it. But there will also be a debate about the situation in the world today, just as you will be able to meet the documentary filmmaker Emil Munch, who is coming to Ribe to show his film about the so-called witch widows in Ghana, who live in isolated camps because they are believed to be witches.
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The exhibition can be seen until 10 November 2022.