A Special Bond
A region of outstanding natural beauty with its icy tundras and endless forests, the Nordic countries have always had a special relationship and almost inherent closeness with nature. Unhindered public access to the wilderness is taken for granted and for many, venturing out into nature is part of a daily routine.
The passion for nature and the outdoors has a special name, “friluftsliv”, which can be translated as open air living. This Nordic life philosophy is about embracing and enjoying the outdoors as a way of life, in order to restore balance within ourselves and with our surroundings. It was the Norwegian poet and playwright Henrik Ibsen, who popularised the word in 1859 in his poem On the Heights (Paa Vidderne in his original language). Although carrying many facets, the poem is not only an ode for spending time in the great outdoors and bonding with nature; reaching the rugged mountain plains also stands as a symbol for great individual liberty and self-development.
It Came from the North is an art exhibition honoring the beauty of the Nordic nature
through photography, whether in traditional landscape imagery or in more abstract formats. This article accompanies the thematic and for the non-Nordic audiences, it could offer an insight into the unique relationship the Nordic populations have with nature, explaining why the latter holds such a special place in society and how it is incorporated to modern life at both individual and communal level.
The exhibition will focus on the works of nine Nordic artists; Tine Poppe and Stig Marlon Weston from Norway, Nanna Hänninen and Sandra Kantanen from Finland, Swedish artist Stefan Isaksson, Mads Peter Iversen and Astrid Kruse Jensen from Denmark as well as artist duo Inka and Niclas Lindergård, from Finland and Sweden respectively. Two Indonesian photographers, Vicky Tanzil and Alexander Thian, will also bring another perspective to the theme. Some of these artists are mainly known as landscape photographers who travel in remote areas searching for the perfect shot, while others have a more multi-thematic and versatile approach to their artistic practice. What all have in common is their appreciation and love of nature, which this exhibition is attempting to convey.
‘It Came From The North’ is open for public until the 22nd of March 2019, at the World Trade Centre Building 2, Jakarta.
Photography in Art
Photography plays a very momentous role in the world of the visual arts. It captures moments in time, and can transform it beyond one’s imagination. This is where the significance of photography artists lies. The lenses of a camera all have the same function. It captures light and shadows and casts the shapes, colors and tones. When the camera is lead by a photographer, it merges with the artist’s perception of life and results in various different points of view in the resulting product of the artist’s creation. More than often, the concept of place and time is the core value of a photograph.
The debate whether photography is art, is overdue. Though it was not until as recently as 1970’s, that photography became widely considered as fine art. Artists that use photography as their main medium such as Nan Goldin, Gillian Wearing and earlier household names such as Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Minor White, have broadened the idea on the wide spectrum of what can be considered photography as fine art.
Many celebrities have been known to collect photography art in their homes. Adding personality and concept to their interiors, actress Julian Moore whose New York City town house has been featured on Architectural Digest features a number of photography works that aligns with her specific taste and measure.
A great example of how a photography piece could complete the interiors of a room is a life size Jack Pierson photograph that hangs above a custom made ivory built cabinet located in Moore’s dining room. Filling a substantial space between the top of the sink and the ceiling the picture of an ocean’s horizon creates a holistic sensibility of the room’s concept. Calm and collected with a sophisticated dash of verdant green.
Nature is one of the most popular elements that are photographed. We as human beings try to find answers though nature consciously and subconsciously, and by taking pictures of it we increase our awareness of our selves and our surroundings. The resulting product allows a room for discussion for the viewer and the photographer. Where do we stand with nature? How can we relate? Which important questions does it raise? Not only is photography excellent for it’s aesthetic, but just like they say, a photograph says a thousand words.