As inspirational sources, nature and women have always been a big part of the art world.
Both have they been objects for the, often, male, dominant gaze. Nature and man’s relationship to it can be interpreted in many ways, and nature as a phenomenon is almost as complex as the concept of art. The same can be said about women women, who, for several decades, have been the subject of art as the studied object, in the role of a model or a muse.
Martin Asbæk Gallery presents four female artists' view on nature and how they use nature as a tool in their individual aesthetic expression, reflected through the photographic medium.
Helen Sear’s (UK) puzzling works are photographs of the French forest environment in the fall that she by hand, using a tablet, has drawn colourful ramifications on that seems to have no end.
Elina Brotherus’ (FI) works with the position of her own person and at the same time subject and model. She puts herself in perspective using her own image placed in different landscapes.
Trine Søndergaard’s (DK) works from Dress of Mourning portrays images of a woman dressed in traditional mourning suits from the region of Dragør in Denmark in hilly black and white landscapes, that leaves behind thoughts about sorrow and life.
Astrid Kruse Jensen’s (DK) works challenge our notion of the photograph as a moment frozen in time. Instead she makes the medium part of an ongoing process where subject, photographic material and memory merge – and become part of a larger narrative about cognizance and living memory.
The presentation for Photo London 2018 focuses on a fusion between nature as a limitless term that embraces our humanity and nature in its own form.