Dislocating Surfaces — New Scandinavian Photography

An exhibition curated by MELK for CENART in Mexico City.

October 27, 2017 – February 18, 2018
National Arts Center

The Exhibition Dislocating Surfaces is a continuation of the publication NEW SCANDINAVIAN PHOTOGRAPHY. The first iteration of the exhibition was curated for Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, May 2016.

The exhibition is comprised of work from 6 Scandinavian photographers MELK has chosen based on a variety of experience, approach and topography. What they have in common is their exploration of the medium and further understanding of a potential within a medium specific discourse. We have mainly focused on the photographer’s use of the medium in a space, as the photographs work as pieces activating the room as a whole, rather than the classic narrative line reading of a photographic exhibition.

Since the late 1980’s the Scandinavian field of photography has evolved towards an internationally recognized scene of highly skilled practitioners. The focus originally lied within documentary photography, whereas the 90’s generation marked a shift towards a discourse within fine art. In the last decade, there has been a strong generation of younger artists whom have moved this shift further, in close dialogue with contemporary art in general. Thus stepping out of what has been seen as a closed field of fine art photographers.

In Dislocating Surfaces, the artists explore material processes and ideas concerning surface and depth, they enter in a dialogue with other mediums such as painting, sculpture and film, and actively engage with the exhibition space itself. With bold, playful and seductive means, these artists manifest a photography that confidently engages with new spaces and formats and that freely opens itself to experimentation and chance.

Dislocating Surfaces includes works by Ole Martin Lund Bø (NO) , Sandra Vaka Olsen (NO), Markus Von Platen (DK), Ingrid Eggen (NO), Flemming Ove Bech (DK) and Linn Pedersen (NO).