Soil Studies - New Danish Photography of Nature

Galleri Image has been invited to bring five Danish art photographers to China with the exhibition Soil Studies - New Danish Photography of Nature.

The chosen artists are Lotte Fløe Christensen, Ditte Knus Tønnesen, Inuuteq Storch, Veronika Geiger and Kirstine Autzen.  

Each artist behind the exhibition has their own approach to the theme SOIL: How is our identity formed by the place we grew up? What does soil consist of and how can we bond with and take care of the soil around us in new ways that reflect our connection to it and our desire to take care of it? The artworks in the exhibition make use of the process of image making as a source of knowledge in order to express personal experiences and reveal cultural, scientific and emotional narratives about something we interact with on a daily basis – the soil beneath our feet.

Historically and now, we have associated soil and the sea with hope and longing. Throughout the history of art, we have attempted to comprehend nature by using its beauty, growth, death and decay as motifs. However, in recent years, contemporary photography of nature has been complemented with a growing interest in the natural sciences. This interest has helped bridge the gap between artistic and scientific methods when it comes to the process of producing a photographic image. As our idea of the stability of nature is eroding, the artists in Soil Studies investigate what soil is really made of, and how we can come to interact with it meaningfully.

The director of Galleri Image Beate Cegielska will curate the exhibition Soil Studies – New Danish Photography of Nature together with Kirstine Autzen.

The exhibition will be shown as part of FFWRS (Festiwal Fotografii W Ramach Sopotu) 3 - 18 September 2022 in Sopot, Poland

The exhibition was originally meant to be part of Pingyao International Photography Festival 2020. Following the festival, the art photographers were meant to participate along with their artworks as a touring exhibition in China during 2021 to the cities Beijing and Chengdu. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition as well as the tour have been pushed, and are now scheduled for 2023. 
In Beijing the exhibition will be at the Danish Cultural Center (DCC), which promotes cultural exchange between Danish and Chinese parties. 

Photo on the right: Field Work by Veronika Geiger, 2019.