Unbearable Facts

I had gotten so used to numbers and statistics,  - so used to letting horrible information pass through my head. Feeling sad for one minute or less  - then getting on with my life as before. The information didn´t sink inn.  I probably didn´t want it to either.   But at some level I felt bad.  As if the information was stored or displaced within me - bothering me.  Similar to the way bad experiences  tend to make a dissonance in our lives , however well we erase them from our conscience, pack them away, and ignore them.  

The day I read the fact that 10 000 children die of hunger every day, I decided to deal with this number. 

The  project is an attempt to visualize the quantity.  To make it concrete and material, as a contrast to how elusive this type of information usually is to us.  

I made 10 000 figures. Each figure representing a child. All 10 000 are different – reminding me that these numbers are individuals. 

Making 10 000 individual figures is quite extreme – but then the number and what it represents is much more extreme.   

Liv Dysthe Sønderlad, Unbearable Facts, exhibition and performance at Kunstmuseet KUBE, Ålesund
Liv Dysthe Sønderlad, Unbearable Facts, exhibition and performance at Kunstmuseet KUBE, Ålesund
Liv Dysthe Sønderlad, Unbearable Facts, exhibition and performance at Kunstmuseet KUBE, Ålesund
Liv Dysthe Sønderlad, Unbearable Facts, performance at Molde Highschool
Liv Dysthe Sønderlad, Unbearable Facts, at Studio M, Molde
Liv Dysthe Sønderlad, Unbearable Facts, at Studio M, Molde
Liv Dysthe Sønderlad, Unbearable Facts, at Studio M, Molde