I Trust You

Performance, installation

Den Frie Udstillingsbygning
Oslo Plads 1, 2100 København Ø

10/11 – 25/11 2023

The performance I TRUST YOU starts after a stormy collaboration between director Daniel Norback and a Russian art activist. It has been years in the making but has suddenly collapsed. Out of the crises emerges a remarkable tale of trust.

I TRUST YOU takes you on a journey into a milieu of Russian artists and activists who oppose the war in Ukraine and the regime in Russia. Through SMS correspondences, audio recordings, and letter exchanges with friends of imprisoned artists, the performance explores the courage needed to criticize the Russian rule. What gives the strength to continue when the repercussions are daunting, and who can be trusted?

Visual artist Seimi Nørregaard has created an installation that contains a reconstruction of an old St. Petersburg living room, which both serves as the performance scenography and an exhibition in its own right. The Russian cellist and noise artist Marina Karpova improvises the score for the performance.

I TRUST YOU is a documentary performance piece that explores the borderline between aesthetic statements and activism. Here, the crises of trust – the situation where people no longer trust or count on each other – is treated as something both deeply personal and urgently political.


Direction: Daniel Norback
Installation: Seimi Nørregaard
Sound design: Marina Karpova
Dramaturge: Jörn Burmeister Wium
Artists: Sasha Skochilenko, Katya Muromtseva, Pavel Krisevich, Maria Morina
Technics and exhibition sound collage: Emil Vodder Kristensen
Exhibition technic and PR: Frederikke Krogh
Photograph: Malle Madsen
Video: Helle Lyshøj

Excerpts from performance

Happening Oct. 29, 2023