Bill Viola, Inverted Birth (detail), 2014. Performer: Norman Scott. Photo: Kira Perov. Courtesy Bill Viola Studio.

Exhibition Opening 17:00–21:00

Bill Viola

CC is pleased to invite you to the opening of American artist Bill Viola’s latest large scale work Inverted Birth (2014), which is on show for the first time in Denmark. The wine bar La Halle will be serving a glass of wine at the door and the entrance is free. See the event on Facebook here.

Bill Viola is recognised as a pioneer in the medium of video art, known for his iconic, large-scale, slow-motion immersive video works produced over a 40-year career. Inverted Birth is a prime example of how Viola’s technically innovative installations have transcended the video genre. Towering to a monumental height of 5 meters, Inverted Birth explores the power of human emotions and the very nature of our existence; life, death, birth and rebirth. “Birth is not a beginning, death is not an end,” as Viola has remarked, quoting from Chuang Tzu (370–287 BC).


Bill Viola’s installations depict human beings under extreme pressure, ascending and descending, in water and fire, in motion and at rest. His images are strikingly beautiful, composed by the hand of a master in control of a wide range of tools and a rich palette, creating a direct emotional appeal to the heart of the viewer.

Viola writes about his latest work:” …Inverted Birth depicts five stages of awakening through a series of violent transformations. A man stands in the darkness, drenched in black fluid, the sound of drips punctuating the hollow sound of an empty space. Gradually the fluid begins to rise and as the movement escalates, the flow upward becomes a roaring deluge. The dark despair of black turns to fear as the liquid changes to red but the man remains strong. With the flow of white liquid comes relief and nurturing, followed by the purification of cleansing water. Finally, a soft mist brings acceptance, awakening, and birth. The fluids represent the essence of human life: earth, blood, milk, water, and air, and the life cycle from birth to death, here inverted into a transformation from darkness to light.”