As a part of the exhibition After the silence – Women of art speak out Simone Aaberg Kærns highly relevant art film and documentary Smiling in a War Zone is screened every day at SMK’s cinema.
The Danish artist and pilot Simone Aaberg Karn flew to Afghanistan in 2002, just a year after the United States launched its so-called ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ against the country. The military invasion took place i the wake of the terrorist attack in New York City on 11 September 2001. Kærn had read about an Afghan girl who dreamt of becoming a fighter pilot. The artist decides to set out in a Piper Colt plane and fly to Kabul to help fulfilling the girl’s wish.
The film Smiling in a War Zone from 2006 documents a three month journey in which Karn, inspired by female pilots who flew during World War II and driven by an indomitable optimism, insists on dialogue and freedom across all borders. Persistent in her mission while putting her life at risk, she declares the sky free and open to all.
An edited collage version of Smiling in a War Zone is part of Simone Aaberg Kærns installation Microglobal Performance in the museums sculpturstreet.
Smiling in a War Zone will be shown every day at SMK’s cinema at:
Also at 18.00 on Wednesdays
The video’s playing time is 77 minutes.
Source: SMK – National Gallery of Denmark