Emil Salto & Jessica Backhaus
Emil Salto (DK) alongside Jessica Backhaus (DE) was selected for the 2018 Copenhagen Photo Festival: Photo City-Solo Exhibit with ‘Decontext’. ‘Decontext’ grew out of personal or collective memories, however, in the finished works, emotions and experiences are dramatically different and removed from their original context transformed into a purely visual basic element. The gaze flickers between the image as abstract beauty and the image as a bearer of meaning, emotion and narrative. ‘Decontext’ challenges us to see both the photograph and the world it represents.
Emil Salto was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and was educated at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (1994-2000). ‘For Emil Salto, light experiments are a form of intuitive yet systematic inquiry. The results of Salto’s experiments are carefully modulated interactions with light and shadow: monochromes, photograms, and films. Salto uses light as an agent, through which we can touch on questions of time and space, optics and perception. In the obscurity of the darkroom, Salto casts light on photosensitive materials.Intuition and chance tempers the discipline of his working process, resulting in abstract works that nonetheless constitute concrete traces of Salto’s physical actions in the darkroom. ‘ Taken from his website
Jessica Backhaus was born in Cuxhaven, Germany in 1970. She went on to study photography and visual communications in Paris. In 1995 her passion for photography drew her to New York, where she assisted photographers, pursued her projects and lived until 2009.
Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, MARTa Herford and the Kunsthalle Erfurt. To date, she has nine publications to her name; Jesus and the Cherries (2005), What Still Remains (2008), One Day in November (2008), I Wanted to See the World (2010), ONE DAY- 10 photographers (2010), Once, still and forever (2012), Six degrees of freedom (2015) and A TRILOGY ( 2017), Far away but close (2019).
Jessica Backhaus has worked on ‘A TRILOGY’ where she embarks on her work relishing in experimentation. The photo artist draws inspiration from the simplicity of everyday things, from unassuming scenes and silence. The artist’s new trilogy brings together three series of approximately 40 works each. In ‘Six degrees of freedom’ Jessica Backhaus examines universal questions of human existence. Based on her own life story. These are just of the examples of her extensive career and works.