- ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The experiment is an integral part of the visual arts. The urge to both conceptually and aesthetically challenge artistic media has always played an important role in developing the arts and to create new forms of expression and new experiences for the viewers. As an art form photography has always had to counter the specific challenge of trying to escape the burden of representation, and throughout the history of photography numerous artists have experimented with the medium in an attempt to break the shackles of documentation.
The exhibition Touching Light combines four artists who by very different artistic strategies challenge the very materiality of photography. Each of them strive for a renewal of the medium of photography to fit their own personal and conceptual point of departure. Even though all four share a solid background in classic photographic virtues, the end results display dramatic differences.
Whether we look at collages, cut-ups or at experiments with the very fabric of photography, the works of the four participating artists all build upon a photographic way of thinking. Adam Jeppesen abandons the perfection of the photographic print by replacing it with Xerox copies in the A4 format, meticulously mounted with needles or manipulated with oil pastels in his search for a form of expression that can convey personal memories from his travels. Carina Zunino’s point of departure is also the unfamiliar landscape, but she also draws on the metaphor of the stage curtain in her theatrical installations that suggest possible narratives in otherwise empty landscapes. At first glance the label of photography does not seem to fit Camilla Rasborg’s Blackout Curtains, but a closer examination reveals them to be exactly that: lmprints of light born from the sun’s bleaching of blackout curtains the artist found in an apartment in Århus. On the surface Julie Boserup’s collage works are abstract explorations of texture, color, form and space, but they also carry deep reflections on the nature of the reality that surrounds us and perhaps a utopian vision of the potential of human creativity.
The exhibition is part of Copenhagen Photo Festival 2014