KUNSTNERISK VISUEL REPRÆSENTATION Etiske dimensioner af kunstneriske arbejdsprocesser og æstetisk repræsentation af marginaliserede unge.

Klaus H. Frederiksen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


ABSTRACT This project examines the ethical implications of the use of artistic methods and visual representations as a tool for social transformation and a means of cultural representation, with marginalized vulnerable youths - a problem field associated with social work and to some extent visual ethnopraphy. The project aims to investigate the ethical dimensions of the use of these methods by the professions of social work, visual ethnography and art practice as a form of social intervention and representation within a postcolonial context. It focuses on consequences for the individual, which should be considered in such cross-disciplinary ethical practices. The project proceeds by first extracting a ”type situation” from the case example of the 2014 foto exhibition ”Råstof” (Raw Material) by Greenlandic youths, in a former bastion-of-colonial-trade- turned-culture-house, in Copenhagen. The exhibition is treated as an example of art production and visual representation with the dual premise of creating art for it's own sake and serving as a vehicle for social transformation at the levels of the individual, the local society of origin and Greenland as an emerging democracy. Ethical guidelines from contemporary professional discourses within the fields of social work, visual ethnography and art practice are then subjected to theoretical discussion of ethical implications of the application of the particular methods to the case as a ”type situation”. The discussion is guided by the specific features of the case, but aims at debating themes at the general level of the type situation, stripped of the specifics of time and place. The project concludes that the 3 professions interact within the field in complex ways that make for both promising hybrid approaches and some ethical dilemmas. The pervasive rights based framework of social work may conflict with a more flexible ethics of care popular with visual ethnography. Ethically open-ended Art practice may conflict with both, yet the very open-endedness of it's nature and methods makes it particularly well suited as a vehicle for social transformation, and it's special status in society enables wide circulation of otherwise marginalized voices. Visual ethnography yields a special cultural sensibility to ethical implications of the situated use of images and may serve as a communicative access platform to science and education communities. It may further assist in challenging hierarchical dogmas of knowledge production, reflecting hierarchies of society which structure postcolonial relations. In terms of ensuring that the interests of the individual remain at the forefront at all times – the social work profession establishes itself as a natural social anchor point for such a crossdisciplinary approach.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato25 mar. 2015


  • Art
  • Representation