WILD AS THE WIND

For the past two years Michelle Eistrup has observed, photographed and filmed a herd of wild horses in an open range of beach at Læsø. By means of an installation that comprises photography, audio-collage and video projection, the artist seeks to capture and communicate the most vivid possible sense of these encounters.
Exhibition duration:
08-10-2010 - 14-11-2010
Medium:
Photography, installation, sound, video
Title:
WILD AS THE WIND
Artist:
Michelle Eistrup
For the past two years Michelle Eistrup has observed, photographed and filmed a herd of wild horses in an open range of beach at Læsø, one of Denmark's many islands. By means of an installation that comprises photography, audio-collage and video projection, the artist seeks to capture and communicate the most vivid possible sense of these encounters. Since it wasn't feasible in any way to control the behaviour of the animals, Eistrup had to rely on following and observing the horses' movements largely on their own terms. 
Two aspects in particular of the horses' journeys came to interest the artist: their use of the beach and their behaviour at night-time. Whereas during the day the horses assumed beautiful sculptural formations (either resting or in movement) at night they danced playfully, and veered off onto unusual hidden paths.
In WILD AS THE WIND the observer steps, too, into an audio landscape that complements the beautiful pictures of beach, heather and horses: music has been mixed together with recorded sounds of the night. The observer scans the sfumato-like landscape that shows the herds moving about, and experiences in doing so the union of darkness and brightness - opposites which in this case complement each other.

Michelle Eistrup was born and brought up in Denmark (1969), and has lived both in Jamaica and in New York. She was educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen from which she graduated in 2000, and since then has taught courses in video-art at Statens Museum for Kunst. Her art has a post colonial inflection, and shows a strong attachment to both African and Caribbean culture. Michelle Eistrup has participated in a number of solo- and group exhibitions around the world. 

Galleri Image will publish a catalogue with a text by Mark Le Fanu.

Opening: Friday October 8 at 4 - 6 pm
ARTIST TALK: Saturday October 9 at 2 - 4 pm.

Watch the artist's video here.

The exhibition is generously supported by Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond, Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck´s Fond, Anne Marie Telmányi legat and Danish Art Workshops.