The “carnival” has been cancelled globally in the spring of 2020. The whole world has been locked down with an enormous effect on all lives, events and businesses.
Within this context Case Maclaim has made a new large mural in Aalborg, Denmark as part of the ‘Out in the Open’ mural project of KIRK Gallery, portraying a women wearing her "happy face" in a clowns costume. She thought she was going to the carnival.
As one of many events the biggest carnival in Northern Europe held in Aalborg, Denmark since 1983 with around 100.000 participants, has been cancelled. When arriving in Aalborg getting an impression of what was the life of the citizens there, the conversation quickly turned into talking about the unique character of a carnival like this, and how it works as an “equalizer” between the people. Or as Case Maclaim put it: “A carnival is something special because it is an event where all are equal. It is the only time of the year where everybody gets to be the same – rich or poor, CEO or student, man or women, since everybody is dressed out to be something different.” But for the first time ever this got cancelled. The carnival in Aalborg then became a metaphor to the artist of the current situation in the world.