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Photobook launch: “Siggie” by Lisbet Nielsen – at Banja Rathnov Galleri og Clausens Kunsthandel

5. June 2021 @ 15:00 - 17:00

Siggie is a photobook about transformation, beauty and complexity. The fluid and the concrete are gathered in a narrative about time, life and dreams told through 48 Polaroid images. The photos were taken in the 1990s over a span of 7 years, where art photographer Lisbet Nielsen lived in three apartments in Aarhus with her daughter Siggie.

We see pictures of the interior; lamps, pillows and furniture and various scenes – a ray of light over a table, a door that opens into a kitchen with stove and white wooden chair, a snow-covered view with rooftops covered by a violet veil, all intertwined and bound together by the intimate portraits of Siggie, from the age of 12 until she became pregnant at the age of 18.

The book’s distinctive feature is the poetic and timeless universe that springs from the visual narrative of a young person’s movement from child to adult – in close dialogue with the physical spaces where this transformation takes place, in harmony with the change of views and seasons.

The Polaroid images have been in the drawer for many years, and it is with a reflected and liberating gaze that Nielsen has been able to select and compose the images so that the private is retold and transformed into a generally human and open aesthetic expression.

Erik Steffensen (Professor, Academy of Fine Arts 1998-2007):

“The latest work with a series of photographs in which Lisbet Nielsen’s own daughter is followed from her twelfth to her eighteenth year, where she becomes pregnant and a young mother, is landmark as an embodied, poetic, artistic document. Not only in Lisbet Nielsen’s work, but in Danish art photography. ”


Lisbet Nielsen (born in 1957) is a Danish art photographer who lives and works in Copenhagen. Nielsen has a Postgraduate from Glasgow School of Art, Scotland and has exhibited in Denmark, Poland, Scotland, China, Finland and Germany. Siggie is her first book.


Disko Bay is an independent Danish photo book publisher with an international perspective, which specializes in preparing and publishing photography in book form. The publisher would like to contribute to the photobook’s international breakthrough and spread and put Danish photography on the Danish and international photobook market. Disko Bay focuses on talented Danish photographers and photographic visual art and works closely with designers and print producers to curate and design unique books in limited editions.


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5. June 2021
15:00 - 17:00
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Lisbeth Nielsen


Banja Rathnov Galleri og Clausens Kunsthandel
Studiestræde 14, 1. sal,
København, 1455 Danmark
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