6. June - 31. July
In Denmark we never find ourselves farther than 50 kilometers from the ocean and the coastline remains a deeply ingrained part of Danish identity. It is a workplace, a sanctuary, a tourist attraction and a political battleground. A scene on which both everyday moments and historical landmark events play out.
KYSTLAND is a photographic journey along the coasts of Denmark, depicting life where land meets water and man meets nature. Over the past two years, Mathias and Ulrik have traveled the country to explore the value of our ever-changing shores, and now they are ready with the a photobook and two exhibitions at Copenhagen Photo Festival.
Through the project the photographers shows how we have impacted the coastal landscape on every level imaginable for centuries. We have reclaimed land, build groynes and dikes, designed beach parks and interconnected islands by bridges and tunnels. The coast grants us space for community and reflection and for more than a century, public coastal access has been protected by law.
But the threat is omnipresent. The sea mercilessly eats away at the coast, placing houses and fields at risk, while climate-change creates fear of devastating floods and rising water levels. Even today we are unable to control the forces at play.
Mathias Svold and Ulrik Hasemann are documentary photographers from Denmark working as a team on indepth projects. Their work investigates how climate, people and culture affect the nature. They graduated from the Danish School of Media and Journalism’s photojournalism program, and their projects have received several national and international awards.
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 15-21, Sat 12-20, Sun 12-18
The exhibitions are a part of the 10 year anniversary of Copenhagen Photo Festival that celebrates Danish photography. ‘Kystland’ is also shown at Broens Gadekøkken from the 6th to the 16th of June.
12th June, 17-18: Guided tour with Hasemann and Svold in Kystland at Broens Gadekøkken.
13th June, 16-18: Artist talk and free entrance for Kystland at Kulturtårnet.
Photo: Ulrik Hasemann and Mathias Svold.