Maputo Diary

Galleri Image presents the latest work from the series MAPUTO DIARY, produced by the Danish photographer and filmmaker Ditte Haarløv Johnsen. She was born in Denmark but spent much of her childhood and youth in Mozambique. Maputo Diary was born out of the meeting between these two very different worlds.
Udstillingsperiode:
17-11-2012 - 21-12-2012
Medie:
Photography
Titel:
Maputo Diary
Kunstner:
Ditte Haarløv Johnsen (DK/Mozambique)
Galleri Image - Scandinavia's oldest exhibition space for fine art photography - presents the latest work from the series Maputo Diary, produced by the Danish photographer and filmmaker Ditte Haarløv Johnsen. She was born in Denmark but spent much of her childhood and youth in Mozambique. MAPUTO DIARY was born out of the meeting between these two very different worlds.

Growing up as a white child in a black Africa, Ditte Haarløv Johnsen felt that she belonged. But after temporarily moving back to Denmark as a teenager, she struggled to find a foothold across the two cultures. Her artistic expression takes a point of entry in this identity crisis. According to her, an outstanding art teacher and a Minolta camera - a gift from her grandparents on her 18th birthday - saved her. Seeing the world through the camera lens, she overcame shyness and doubts. Photography became a way to celebrate diversity, and in Maputo she sought out people in widely varying and sometimes taboo environments. (One of these environments was Sisters: a community of stigmatized gay men.)

The current exhibition is made exceptional by Ditte Haarløv Johnsen's personal investment. Her pieces leave no doubt that she intimately knows and respects each of the men and women portrayed, and the viewer is drawn into their reality. Her work envelops people and society within the same portrait. The people we meet are portrayed in surroundings that define their identity: we see them in their neighbourhoods, their apartments and their bedrooms. The photos are characterized by a heartbreakingly raw honesty, but also by optimism. They take a point of entry in a reality where death is ever-present and life is lived in the moment. People dance and laugh and love, because tomorrow it may be too late.

THE ARTIST
Ditte Haarløv Johnsen (born 1977) lives and works in Copenhagen. She studied photography in Mozambique, Denmark and Canada, and has since trained to be a documentary filmmaker (2007). Both her films and her photographs come back to the same themes: the identity of the individual, life on the edge of society, and the fight for the right to exist. Ditte has received numerous awards for her work, which has been presented round the world: from Syria to Canada and from Finland to Johannesburg. In 2011 Ditte Haarløv Johnsen's work was presented at the prestigious ARS 11 exhibition at Kiasma, Helsinki.

For more information: www.dihajo.com
OPENING Friday 16th November, 16.00-18.00
ARTIST TALK Saturday 17th November at 14.00

DEBATE: LIFE WITH EDGE THURSDAY 13th of December at 19.00
The artists Ditte Haarløv Johnsen and Michelle Eistrup meet to talk about childhood experiences that have engaged their artistic interest. The personalities seen in the exhibition MAPUTO DIARY and heard as voices in Eistrup's video art give off a vitality and originality that contrasts with the Danish way of life, where - it could be argued - tasks are performed a bit monotonously, and life itself risks being too tame and restrained.


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