Texts by Kirstine Autzen, Beate Cegielska, Geoffrey Batchen
Today, photos affect our identity, our communication and play, and pictures with photographic elements even often replace the written word on the Internet, in text messages and on social apps. This development has been so radical that researchers often refer to this age as “post-photographic”. In the book, four artists talk about how they see their own role in the context of a broader visual culture. Artists Nanna Lysholt Hansen, Sandra Vaka Olsen, Valérie Collart and Kristoffer Ørum give examples from their own practices and recount their observations and inspiration.
The book is written by MA in Visual Culture Kirstine Autzen on the basis of her curation of the exhibition *New Tactics – moving in a soft field*, which was shown by Galleri Image in 2018 as a part of the Fotobiennalen 2018. On the background for the book, Autzen says:
“These days, photography and the body are both part of highly complex exchanges that can be difficult to navigate. Artists are uniquely equipped to reflect on this development: Independent of commercial interests, highly attuned to visual trends. They are also knowledgeable about the production of pictures, they know the technology and are willing to challenge it. The artists dare talk about that, which is commonly taken for granted and turn it upside down. This makes it interesting to give space to allow the artists’ own reflections to supplement the exhibition experience.”
The digital image and the term post-photography have been with us for several decades. However, the subject matter is still active and alive to us, new in a way, and we are still looking for ways to grasp the post-photographic image. Professor in Photography Geoffrey Batchen was one of the first to use the term post-photography in the 1990’s and in the book, he reflects on the history of the term and how we can use it.
About the Author
Autzencreates photographs, installations, sculpture and works with text. She looks for the borderland between a persons outer and inner world, our intimate connection with the world, and how our identities are shaped through the interactions with other people, images and objects.
Autzen’s studio is a space for deconstructing photographs, experiences, memories and techniques and create prints, collages or spatial work. She takes a poetic and emotional starting point and works hands on with diverse range materials such as cameras, printers, glass, wood, sound, etc. Rephotographing images, cutting into them and experimenting with printing techniques functions all serve as a form of analysis and a method to tell new stories.
Autzen works with her own photographs, images found in books, stories, research and historic material. She is inspired by the different ways we engage with photographic images as evidence, as story tellers and as poetic expressions. Autzen finds that they are vital parts of our relation to each other, in how we understand ourselves, our personal stories and our sociocultural progress and setbacks.
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