4 min excerpt from the opening of ‘HOPE & FEAR’, a large-scale global video project for exhibition in public space and art institutions by artist Charlotte Haslund-Christensen. The work features people on the streets on 6 continents - teachers, street hawkers, policemen, artists, priests, children, teenagers, parents and grandparents – all speaking to and looking directly at the viewer.
Each of them answers the same 2 questions:
‘What is your biggest fear?’ and ‘What is your biggest hope?’
Their answers create a chorus of voices from South America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and North America.
HOPE & FEAR is an appeal to global solidarity, community and mutual respect. Celebrating dialogue and participation, HOPE & FEAR is based on interviews on the streets of Beijing, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Copenhagen, Dar es Salaam, New York and Ulan Bator.
“My work is motivated by the drive to question cultural stereotypes and investigate the mechanisms of defining the self or nation in opposition to ‘the Other’. This includes challenging the role of the media in framing and creating prejudices and minorities. HOPE & FEAR gives people the chance to have a voice. In HOPE & FEAR they speak out. My biggest hope is that they also speak to each other.“