The 2022 FUTURES talents invited by Copenhagen Photo Festival

FUTURES Photography talents 2022

Oscar Scott Carl - Nanna

The Nanna project was produced in the weeks after Scott Carl’s grandmother was rushed to the hospital for emergency cancer surgery. He describes the period as “a time of uncertainty, disbelief and tears, but also of laughter and meaningfulness.” What began as a therapeutic process for navigating loss soon became about life more than death; swelling into an exploration of the artist’s relationship with his father, now reshaped by loss and transition.

Oscar Scott Carl (b. 1995) is a recent graduate of a BA programme in Photojournalism at Aarhus’ DMJX, Denmark, where he concluded his studies in April 2021. For the artist, photography is a means to question, to understand and to comprehend; he sees his images as visual footsteps in a quest to make sense of life’s constant transitions.

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FUTURES Photography talents 2022

Luna Scales - Eyelids

Luna Scales (b. 1992), who lives and works in Copenhagen, graduated as a visual artist from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2020. Several of Scales’ works have been exhibited in group exhibitions, both domestically and internationally. In 2019, she had a solo exhibition at Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm, Sweden.

Scales’ artistic practice reflects a consistent interest in the iconography of western art history, which is often expresses in photographs and videos of the female body, and in patterns of movement and directions of the gaze. The artist often portrays herself, using her works to play with the public’s ideas of physical functional abilities. In so doing, Scales questions these very notions, presenting a critique of the gaze at -and notions of – the body. She lives and works in Copenhagen.

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Futures Photography talents 2022

Inuuteq Storch - Keepers of the Ocean

Inuuteq Storch (b. 1989) is based between in Copenhagen, Denmark and Sisimiut, Greenland. He studied at Fatamorgana – The Danish School of Art Photography in 2010 before following a programme at New York’s International Center of Photography in 2016. In the years since, Storch has published a number of photobooks, including Porcelain Souls, Flesh and Mirrored – Portraits of Good Hope. His work is rooted in a search for identity, usually in relation to his homeland.

Keepers of the Ocean forms part of Storch’s wider place project. “The more I spend time away”, he reflects, “the more I understand what we have at home is special. The intimacy we have is created by the nature we are surrounded with – rough and honest. The weather controls everything, and nature gives us everything we need”.

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Futures Photography talents 2022

Iben Gad - To the unpopular girls

Gad’s to the unpopular girls project explores the social dynamics of her childhood; the artist reached out to eight people who once bullied her, inviting them to meet for a conversation and photo session. The project culminated in a book built of interviews, portraits and archive material – from screenshots to photographs and paintings.

Iben Gad (b. 1997) is a Danish documentary photographer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her work deals with identity and personal stories and, in her work, she is experimenting with different formats such as archive material, photography, graphic elements and text. ‍In 2021 she graduated from the Danish School of Media and Journalism. She did an internship at the Danish daily Kristeligt Dagblad, studied abroad at Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in Bangladesh and participated in the Canon Student Development Programme at Visa Pour l’Image. Currently she is working as a freelance photographer.

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Futures Photography talents 2022

Tine Bek - The Vulgarity of Being Three Dimensional

Tine Bek (b. 1988) is a Danish visual artist, who routinely works with video, photography and sculpture. She studied History before graduating from Fatamorgana – The Danish School of art Photography. She also holds a Master’s degree in Fine Art Photography from Glasgow School of Art.‍ In 2022, her first book – The Vulgarity of Being Three-Dimensional – was published by Disko Bay.

Ben’s projects examine our dependence on particular shapes and materials, exploring the human urge to control and tame certain materials around us. The Vulgarity of Being Three-Dimensional is a mix of still lifes, found forms and deliberately-built sculptures, which are then photographed. Across the project, fruit, material, fabric and figures are united and transformed by subtle shades of colour.

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