Jesper Just creates art film productions of an almost perfect technical standard worthy of Hollywood. He deliberately juxtaposes the language of film with a surprising content that challenges the norms: In a grand movie format the perfect production’s clichés are coun-tered by surprising turns: a trucker comes out of the closet as a singing transvestite. In another film the protagonist is a hermaphrodite looking for love… Just deliberately em-ploys the medium of film to challenge the norms for the creation of identity and to make us aware of them.
Jesper Just is awarded ARKEN Travel Grant for his professionally composed and unorthodox art films and for questioning the clichés of gender and identity.
Lilibeth Cuenca is interested in identity. Like an anthropologist she explores ways of life and rituals. In her works she often uses her own body, her gender and her background as Danish Filipino. The anthropological investigations of human relations are often presented with a twinkle in her eye, but the central themes of gender, race, culture and identity remain serious.
Lilibeth Cuenca is awarded ARKEN Travel Grant for her feminist courage, her energetic contribution, and for her eye-opening and penetrating performances.
ANNIE & OTTO JOHS. DETLEFS’ PHILANTHROPIC FOUNDATION