DEMO – students at the master program in photography at Valand Academy

DEMO – students at the master program in photography at Valand Academy

Opening on Friday, November 10th at 17-20
Emanuel Cederqvist, Sean Gardiner, Heikki Kaski, Julia Krüger, Noora Lehtovuori, Aissa Lopez, Katerina Lukoshkova, Martin Magntorn and Minh Ngoc Nguyễn– an exhibition by students at the
Master of Fine Arts Programme in Photography at Valand Academy in Gothenburg.
The exhibition is open November 11 – December 16, 2017

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For the photographers participating in Demo, it often begins with the location. For various reasons, this point of departure is a place that is associated with specific events and memories, which may have a personal origin or be of a more general nature. There are places where the colonial gaze of science has laid its raster over the landscape and the people who populate it; places characterized by the historical situation and the post-Soviet condition; and also the home, as a place where we can experience both security and claustrophobic confinement. The boundary between personal and political is rarely particularly sharp, and even the most intimate and everyday depends on the larger context.

The notion of place is also linked to spatial and formal aspects, which greatly affect how the images are displayed. This is true of how the artworks operate in the white cube of the gallery – or the other physical and virtual spaces in which they are exhibited – and also in the ways the images are combined on a wall or in a publication. Often pictures of different formats and genres are mixed with three-dimensional objects and ready-mades; combinations of colour and monochrome, analog and digital, framed and unframed, own and found photographs form associative flows of visual expression. The artworks move from being reflections on photography as a medium, through narratives that – via the alienating means of fiction – create experiences of threat and vulnerability, to comments on an absurd and scary political present. The critical perspective is strongly apparent in the works that deal with the relationship between the body and society, and how notions of normality limit people’s possibilities.

Although the exhibited works at first glance may seem – and de facto are – highly different, there is a point where they unite: they all actively demonstrate their place in space and the world.

– Niclas Östlind
PhD in photography and head of the MA Programme in Photography at Valand Academy

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In collaboration with Valand Academy