Markus Henttonen on residency

The Finnish artist Markus Henttonen will visit Aarhus in august in connection with his work on the artistic project Fresh Eyes – international artists rethink Aarhus. FRESH EYES is a collaboration between Galleri Image and Aarhus Centre for Literature for the European City of Culture Aarhus 2017.
Exhibition duration:
10-08-2015 - 23-08-2015
Medium:
Photography
Title:
Markus Henttonen on residency
Artist:
Markus Henttonen
The Finnish artist Markus Henttonen will visit Aarhus in august in connection with his work on the artistic project Fresh Eyes – international artists rethink Aarhus. FRESH EYES is a collaboration between Galleri Image and Aarhus Centre for Literature for the European City of Culture Aarhus 2017 project, in which a selection of international photographers and writers are invited to Aarhus in order to experience the town and rethink it visually and poetically. 

Markus Henttonen (1976) started working with documentary photography in the 90s when he, due to his interest in skateboarding, decided to photograph skateboarders for Finnish magazines, since he didn’t think that the existing images where of sufficient quality. Since Henttonen finished his degree at Turku Arts Academy in 2002, his photographs have been moving towards a more narrative style – albeit without staging or attempts to control the action in front of the camera. Henttonen’s works deal with the relationship between people and their everyday environment. He is interested in those places and situations that might at first glance appear mundane – but in reality are far from it. His photographs of anonymous locations and everyday events are often clouded in a melancholy ambience. The images in the photographic series Silent Night from 2012-14 are examples of this. Here, Markus Henttonen has photographed houses, driveways, and front lawns, decorated with fairy lights and cleansed of all human activity. Bathed in the artificial light, the images acquire an almost hyperreal expression, making the houses appear more like scale models than actual places.

Markus Henttonen will be on residency in Aarhus from August 10th to 23rd, and will here begin work on his pieces for FRESH EYES, in which locations in Aarhus will come under the inspection of his particular photographic eye.

Markus Henttonen’s website: http://www.markushenttonen.com/

Supported by Aarhus 2017, the Municipality of Aarhus, The Nordic Culture Fund, and Bikubenfonden
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