Project Description

Christian Vium

Portrait of Christian Vium

FSC Associated Fellow 2023-24

Christian Vium (b. 1980, Denmark) is a visual artist and Associate Professor in Anthropology at Aarhus University (DK), where he directs the Multimodal Anthropology Lab. His work has been exhibited in 30+ exhibitions. He leads the research projects ‘Tales of a Nomadic City’ (Wenner-Gren, 2023), and ‘Nordatlantiske Hverdagsfortællinger (VELUX, 2024-27). His monograph ‘Revisited’, nominated for the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters for Excellent Research, will be published in 2024 (SPECTOR). He is currently finalizing his award-winning project ‘Departed’ on a Carlsberg Monograph Fellowship.

FSC Works

Film Still from Tales of a Nomadic City

Tales of a Nomadic City and Songs from the Desert

Christian Vium

During his fellowship, Christian will work on the film diptych Tales of a Nomadic City and Songs from the Desert, based on two decades of ethnographic research in the Sahara.

Tales of a Nomadic City is a collaborative and community-based multi-platform project chronicling the city of Nouakchott in Mauritania. Through co-creation with inhabitants, organisations, and institutions as well as authors, artists, and filmmakers, we rewrite the history of the city, affording new democratic narratives for the future.

Atmospherically shot on black and white 16mm film and with an immersive ATMOS soundscape, Songs from the Desert is an intimate and vital account of coming of age in the face of great challenges. The film follows a nomadic family as they struggle to maintain their livelihood deep in the Sahara.