Artists Shed Light on the History of Witch Hunts and How Fear Spreads Through Communities in a New Show in Denmark

Caroline Goldstein, ArtNet News, Octobre 30, 2020

"Witch Hunt," featuring Virginia Lee Montgomery, runs from November 7, 2020-January 17, 2021 at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark.


In the 17th century, hundreds of witch trials took place across the five Nordic countries of Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, resulting in scores of deaths and casting a pall over the region.


Witch hunts were drastically skewed along gender lines, and often once a woman in a family was accused of witchcraft, her female relatives were targets of persecution for generations. While the trials in Salem have been widely documented and recreated in popular culture for generations, the incidents of indigenous violence in the Nordic countries have been largely left out of the narrative.


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