HANS & FRITZ CONTEMPORARY is pleased to present THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL. Inspired by the H.C. Andersen’s short story from 1848, the winter group exhibition lights up the matches to warm ourselves and in their glow, imagine visions brightening the often-dark windows to the soul.
Written nine years after Andersen’s friend and colleague Charles Dickens finished Oliver Twist, The Little Match Girl shed a light upon a very oppressed and silent group in Europe — its children. The tale spoke out for exploited children sent by their parents to beg in the streets and for children of all economic brackets – living at the time when one out of every two children routinely died before the age of five.
As thousands of children and their families have fled the war-torn middle-eastern countries, the imagery of The Little MatchGirl is all too real. Like the story, many people are content to ignore their suffering to preserve their own life. Whether it is a hoarding of resources, a fear of those who are different, or a misguided desire to preserve safety; there are people turning their backs on those in need.
THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL is walking through Europe right now and we have the power to change the ending of her story. We can give these children a happy ending if we have the courage to listen to a different storyteller.
© Raquel Rojas Costa