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Upcoming book release
The publishing house Disko Bay invites to the release of the photobook Unsettled City by the Danish photographer M.H. Frøslev at NW Gallery. Here it will be possible to buy the book at a special release-price and have the book signed by the artist.
in Nansensgade 10
About the book
Unsettled City is a dark photographic essay of a human in a metropolis. It is about love and despair in a place where life at times can be very uncertain, though people are still just humans who are trying to live their lives as it unfolds.
The book is a personal depiction of a claustrophobic environment with a cityscape as the framework, captured in the cities of Saint Petersburg and Moscow. Here loneliness and longing for intimacy exist. Through ninety-five photographs in contrast monochromes and dusty colours the book unfolds the night as a motif. Here we meet bulldogs, street fights and abandoned roads but also loving glances, intimate moments and faded buildings, all quietly standing still, waiting for the night to die down and the light to rise again. Trough disquieting atmospheres and raw sensitivity Unsettled City shows how the people of the night alternately love and fear both the city and each other. With this book M.H. Frøslev portray feelings of alienation, inequality and pain on a par with love, intimacy and fascination.
Born 1988 in Copenhagen, Denmark. M.H. Frøslev worked in 2008 as photographic assistant for Danish Magnum photographer Jacob Aue Sobol in Copenhagen but moved initially in 2010 to Moscow and later to Saint Petersburg where he started the project Unsettled City.
His infatuation with picture-making led M.H . Frøslev to explore the silent and haunting experience of walking after dark in the streets of Saint Petersburg and Moscow. Here he developed his photographic sense and his intimate relationship with the Russian cities.
M.H. Frøslev lives and works in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
P R E V I O U S
The Year, Copenhagen 2018
EXHIBITION & BOOK RELEASE
January 24 - February 3
We are proud to present the exhibition "Året – København, 2018” ("The Year - Coenhagen 2018”), which will be showing a new take on the material gathered throughout the photobook series Året / The Year. In the exhibition we present you with 28 handpicked works produced by 24 of the 80 photographic artists, who have participated with work in one of the 12 books portraying Copenhagen during 2018. The exhibition takes a fresh look at the work produced for the book series, mixes it up and compiles it into an exhibition that rethinks The Year as four seasons rather than singular months.
On the same day we open the exhibition, we also have the honour of hosting the very last book launch of the very last book in the series - “Året – København, december 2018” (The Year – Copenhagen, December 2018).
Participating artists in “Året – København, december 2018” (The Year – Copenhagen, December 2018):
Sune Amstrup, Lotte Fløe Christensen, Mette Colberg, Marie Drotner Frost, Peter Klint, Janemaria Mekoline Pedersen, The Defect OM-1 Project and Birk Thomassen.
Participating artists in the exhibition ”ÅRET - KØBENHAVN 2018” (THE YEAR – COPENHAGEN 2018):
Emma Christensen, Jonas Fogh, Lene Hald, Emilie Morgan Hemmingshøj, Johan Peter Jønsson, Søren Lilholt, Sara Lubich, Ann Massal, Julia Mejnertsen, Åsa Mossberg, Janemaria Mekoline Pedersen, Dan Frisk Petersen, Cecilie Nicoline Rasmussen, Nadia Marilena Roccato, Victoria Salomonsen, Lise Saxtrup, Inuuteq Storch, Carl-Mikael Ström, Ursula Tarp, The Defect OM-1 Project, Nathalie Walker, Sussie Weinold, Ulrikke Helene Winther and Nina Worren.
Book launch and opening is on 24. January 2019 from 16-20, and we look forward to welcoming you all, wish you a happy New Year and celebrate a succesfully completed 2018.
About The Year
Året, København 2018 (The Year, Copenhagen 2018) is a monthly photobook publication featuring contemporary works by Copenhagen-based photographers engaged in portraying the city of Copenhagen during 2018. The chosen photographers spend the 20 first days of the month photographing the city; consequently a photobook is put together featuring the results. Presenting different artists every month, Året will gather throughout the year a growing and diverse collection of perspectives and practices.
While Copenhagen has been named the most liveable city in the world several times, and we have seen many beautiful vistas of the Danish capital, the reality is always far more complex. This diary representing varied and personal points of view will offer readers an uncensored and unfiltered portrait of the city:
“This is our Copenhagen”.
Exhibition period December 1 - December 22
How, and when, do we feel free?
In intimate relations and in the world around us?
An exhibition focusing on the concept of freedom;
of body and mind.
The artists AdeY (UK) and Birk Thomassen (DK) both work with photography as their main medium.
AdeY, with his background as a dancer and choreographer, investigates and visualises the human body as sculptural form. Naked bodies in solitude or in movement with others, to show our diversity, and equality as human beings. Performatively staged, in relation to the surrounding space.
Birk works with photography in a direct and intuitive form, often touching upon the theme of identity. In this exhibition he explores the concept of freedom in an expressive and sensual way: The immediate experience of tension and release.
Come, celebrate with us!
December 1 is also NW Gallery’s one year birthday.
Exhibition Grief November 4 - November 18
November 17 from 15:00 - ca. 16:30
Artist talk with Mia Irmgard Klit
“Dreams from a hospital bed” is a common project and cooperation between the sisters Mia Irmgard Klit & Torill Marie Irmgard Klit. The project is presented in the exhibition Grief as a visual installation, video and handmade artist book. The works are also part of Mia’s ongoing studies at Photography and Urban Cultures, Goldsmiths University of London.
The project is based on real events that took place while Torill went into a coma after an appendectomy, where dreams were discovered to be more fact than fiction. After the coma, she was consequently diagnosed with a severe form of poly-neuropathy, an untreatable neurological disease, that leaves the body to heal itself. Like branches on trees, the nerves must naturally grow back for the body to regain its mobility. Until then, her body is condemned to its breathing, but static and simultaneously deteriorating form.
The talk will be a combination of lecture and story reading. It will be about how photography, in various ways and contexts, has been used to process sadness. How the project has impacted Torill’s and Mia’s sorrow process.
The talk will also touch how others has used photography in their sorrow process. Sarah Martel and Lori Ives-Baine, who used the photograph as a benefit to families with children in intensive care units, as studies showed that this was the best method in their grief-processing process due to the memorable quality of photography. Rosy Martin and Jo Spence, who developed phototherapy in the 80's as a way to break with gender roles, family relationships, age, sexuality, belonging, memory, shame, health and illness, as well as sorrow and loss. Jo Spence survived breast cancer, but later died of leukemia.
How do we communicate complex medical matters by taking on a combined visual and medical sociological approach? The artists investigates in the project “Dreams from a hospital bed” how to combine photography with dream-based poetic literature. And, in a different way, communicate a patient´s experience of being in a coma, as well as choosing life over death. As opposed to taking on a documentarian approach, this project is focused on using a more artistic methodology to communicate real-life experiences that were interpreted through dreams.
NW Gallery is also pleased to present a very special and unique performence:
Visual sound poetry in dialog with time, space and place.
Vocalist Randi Pontoppidan will perform a sound voyage together with the exhibition Griefs art works and each artists universe. Soul will be feeded with Randis beautiful voice from within.
Opening hours Wed-Fri 13-18 and Sat-Sun 12-15
- And the ways we deal with grief
Grief is acute mental pain resulting from loss, misfortune or deep disappointment. It affects most of us at some point in life. Young as old. Grief is a part of life.
To say goodbye to a human being, to life, a body part, consciousness, a property, an affiliation, a job, a country or identity freedom.
Still grief is filled with myths and, especially in our western society, it is taboo and we find it very difficult to share and talk about our emotions related to grief.
How do we grief?
And how do we deal with grief?
Can we find meaning in grieving?
How do we go on with our life after grief?
In this group exhibition artists explore how creating art can be a source for working yourself through a crisis of personal grief.
By depicting grief and the healing process, the artists goes to their inner self; investigates, search and in a personal way show ways to deal with grief and pain. It can be by travelling physically or mentally, turning the camera onto themselves, using their own bodies and faces, to go through archives and diaries, organic material, to make symbols to describe their emotions and pure expressions and to analyze dreams and memories.
The projects touches the process of healing, to look death in the eye, to be angry, sad, to let go, to accept, to loose control, how to go on living after grief. And it reminds us to live life fully when we have it and asks questions regarding the right to choose life or not.
The presence of absence.
With this exhibition we want to open up for more openness regarding concealement, shame and forgiveness.
Images and grief.
We all use images and photographs in one or another form when dealing with grief. We use images to remember, to repeat, to symbolize, to make a ritual and to give comfort to manifest and put a sentence.
During the exhibition there will also be an interactive installation where public can bring a photograph to symbolize their grief and light a candle in memory.
TALKS: 17.11 there will be talks and music relating to grief.
More information will follow...
Exhibition "FAMILY MATTERS"
June 7 - 17 2018
"Through stories and trees -
we are all in a family herd, dealing with intimate relations.
It may be our strength or our weakness, our joy or our longing sadness of something lost or broken.
In this group show, the artists turn to their own family roots, and its spoken or unspoken stories.
Using the form of handmade books, found photos from old albums, mixed media or staged, documentary and diaristic images.
They ask, in sensible ways,
how all the stories have influenced their own lives and identity."
photography - mixed media - artist books
1366 Copenhagen K
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