Snowflakes, vegetation and human reliance on and the intervention of nature are at the heart of this Nordic exhibition, where the term ‘Poetic Storytelling’ is used as a benchmark in relation to exploring works by Danish, Icelandic, Swedish and Finnish photographers. The concept of ‘poetic storytelling’ has been further developed by curator Sigrún Alba Sigurðardóttir to describe a specific lyrical way of using photography as a narrative medium – in this case i.a. in response to the climate crisis.
Common ground for the exhibiting artists is that they are preoccupied with all the wonders – trees, heaths, rocks, apples and snowflakes – that encourage us to find new ways of being in the world; by relating to and interacting with it. They show us methods to open up to the world when we want to be influenced or to try to figure out for ourselves how, we can react or respond back when the world “speaks to” or touches us.
Poetic storytelling is about a way of using a photograph as a narrative medium in an attempt to understand a reality that is neither completely objective nor subjective, but rather a bit of both. The exhibition is subsequently shown at Landskrona Foto in Sweden and Northern Photographic Center in Finland.
Elina Brotherus (FI), Katrín Elvarsdóttir (IS), Tinna Gunnarsdóttir (IS), Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir (IS), Ulrik Hasemann (DK), Nicolai Howalt (DK), Einar Falur Ingólfsson (IS), Tiina Itkonen (FI), Astrid Kruse Jensen (DK), Sanna Kannisto (FI), Jacob Kirkegaard (DK), Helene Schmitz (SE), Mathias Svold (DK), Trine Søndergaard (DK), Magnus Wennman (SE) and Hendrik Zeitler (SE).