When Copenhagen-based Hasager first visited Santa Monica for a six-month residency in 2018, she was drawn to 18th Street’s Culture Mapping 90404 project, a resident-led oral history archive and mapping platform for the 90404 zip code, as it complemented her artistic process of plumbing the depths of personal memories, oral histories, and hyperlocal cultural identities
Sounding Pico, 2019 – workshops, soundwalk and performance in collaboration with Santa Monica Youth Orchestra (SMYO)
Sounding Pico is an art project focussing on the Pico-neighbourhood in Santa Monica, CA in the USA – developed in collaboration between artist Maj Hasager (DK) and composer Ask Kæreby (DK)
The Dissonance of Memory (chapter IV), 2018
The Montage film The Dissonance of Memory (Chapter IV) takes its point of departure in the multilayered narratives surrounding the area of Gellerup and Toveshøj outside Aarhus in Denmark. Duration: 20 min
The Dissonance of Memory, 2017
The Dissonance of Memory, 2017. 6 textile banners (90 cm x 290 cm each) with print of archival material. The first part of the project consists of a series of banners, the design of which is based on local images and archival material from Gellerup. The series was presented during Eutopia International Festival in
Hymns to unknown Heroines part III, 2015
Hymns to Unknown Heroines part III – Elna, 2015. Slide and sound installation. Hymns to Unknown Heroines part III is the latest iteration of a multifaceted work. The starting point was an anonymous photographic archive from the 1920s that depicts a Scottish family over several years. Many of the photographs portray women engaged in
Making Visible, 2015
MAKING VISIBLE, 2015. Publication. The publication MAKING VISIBLE is the extended version of the film project We will meet in the blind spot (2015), which takes its point of departure from the architecture in and around the Esposizione Universale di Roma (EUR) area in Rome. We will meet in the blind spot is intended as a document of stories and voices
We will meet in the blind spot, 2015
We will meet in the blind spot, 2015 HD video 38 min. The film ”We will meet in the blind spot” takes its point of departure from the architecture in and around the Esposizione Universale di Roma (EUR) area in Rome.
Bifurcating Futures, 2014
Bifurcating Futures, 2014. HD video, 9:46 min. Through the staging of an experienced dancer, the video work Bifurcating Futures explores the body’s limitations and potentials in relation to modernist and futuristic architecture in the Esposizione Universale di Roma (EUR) district of Rome. The dancer’s movements are ruptured by fragments from Thom Donovan’s poem “The Commons.”
Hymns to unknown Heroines part II, 2014
Hymns to Unknown Heroines, part II, 2014. Found photographs, inkjet prints, vintage objects, list of countries and years women gained full voting rights, archive material, six newly produced banners, reprint of publication by Frigga Carlberg.
Decembers – the archive, 2013
Decembers – the archive, 2013. Vitrine with 17 borrowed or donated objects, 1 inkjet print (110 x 89 cm), 3 unique prints (36 x 27 cm), transcription of subtitle track mounted as inkjet print on dibond, wooden shelf.
Decembers – performing a past, 2013
Decembers – performing a past, 2013. HD video projected on MDF board (8 min. loop), shelf with translated texts. In the video Decembers – performing a past, the project’s women participants simultaneously perform their stories about two historical protests in Gdańsk. This “choir piece” came out of a discussion on the notion of “collective”—a term heavily
Hymns to Unknown Heroines I, 2013
Hymns to unknown heroines, 2013. Found photographs, inkjet prints, vintage objects, list of countries and years women gained full voting rights. Hymns to unknown heroines began with a series of found black and white negatives depicting a Scottish family in the 1920s, which here becomes the focal point of a temporary museum.
Decembers – a round table conversation, 2012
Decembers – a round table conversation, 2012 HD video (65 min.). The film Decembers – a round table conversation was developed in collaboration with a group of women who participated in literary workshops at the University of the Third Age in Gdańsk. The project revolves around themes of memory, stigmatisation, and the construction of history.
Decembers – narrating history, 2012
Decembers – narrating history, 2012. Montagefilm 14:35 Min. Decembers – narrating history is a black-and-white montage film made using discarded archival images from the archive of the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk. The project revolves around themes of memory, stigmatisation, and the construction of history and juxtaposes images from official history and the personal stories
Uafsluttede fortællinger (Unfinished stories), 2012
Uafsluttede fortællinger (Unfinished stories), 2012. Sound installation. The work takes its point of departure in more than twenty hours of interviews with women from the nine areas of Vollsmose – an area in Denmark labeled as a ghetto due to high unemployment and a large immigrant population. Conversations about belonging, present and past have been transformed into a script and recorded as a voice over. The voice of the narrator creates new narratives from different perspectives.
Border district, (1962-1963, 2001-2011), 2012
Border district (1962-1963, 2001-2011), 2012. Sound and slide installation. In Border district (1962-1963, 2001-2011), narratives based on interviews with a former UN-soldier and his memories of being stationed in Gaza in 1962-63 mix with lyric descriptions of everyday life around a sentry in a desert landscape. These are contrasted with information on a current state of war in Afghanistan, seen from a Danish perspective.
I start going East, 2012
I start going east, 2012. Plexiglas, sandblasted text, inkjet prints 8 sheets of Plexiglas (70 x 100 cm each), sandblasted text, inkjet prints. Four fragmented memories of a place are gathered together in the text and photo installation I start going east. The place is not named explicitly in the texts, but can be interpreted as the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Lost and found, 2011
Lost and found, 2011 2 photographs, 70 x 100 cm each. The two scenes in Lost and Found were photographed in the West Bank in 2010. The images show fragments of a Palestinian reality that seems far from typical media representations. The work is displayed in a case that references the type of vitrines