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6 June - 16 June

Image credit: Emma Sarpaniemi · Two Ways to Carry a Cauliflower Self portrait as Cindy

Group Exhibition • FUTURES NORDIC TALENTS 2024

Among all the objectives of the Copenhagen Photo Festival there is the aim to shine a light on emerging lens-based artists and photographers from the Nordics. Five promising talents have been appointed for FUTURES, a European platform working to promote and create an ever expanding network for new Photo Talents. This year Barbara Marstrand, Emma Sarpaniemi, Frederik Danielsen, Jenni Toivonen, and Mathias Eis are chosen to represent the scope of current young fine art and documentary photography in the Nordic region, they embody the breath of a generation investigating identity, society and everyday life, but also keeping an eye on the past through memory, migration and myths always with a fresh and contemporary gaze. 


Barbara Marstrand 

Still Life of Teenagers” by Barbara Marstrand is a series that delves into the ways young people engage with the world through photographs of their homes. Centred around the teenage bedroom, the series offers a personal and playful insight into contemporary Danish youth life. The project  investigates Danish youth culture through a sociological lens, fostering empathy and identification through her imagery. The artist, based in Copenhagen (b. 1994), approaches photography with a curiosity about different groups of people, and with her background in research, she offers a unique insight into different groups, combining her artistic practice and keen eye with sociological methods.


Emma Sarpaniemi 

Emma Sarpaniemi (b.1993), based in Helsinki, Finland, works with performative photography exploring identity in a refreshingly different, satiric and at the same time intimate way. Her project “Two Ways to Carry a Cauliflower” (2021- ongoing) explores women’s self portraiture, in order to free the subject from the male gaze, the character depicted in the images is portrayed playfully and tenderly as a woman who behaves, looks, and performs on her terms and rules. Sarpaniemi fully owns this playfulness and turns it into a resource, and investigates possibilities for new ways of being, challenging traditional femininity and gender roles.


Frederik Danielsen 

Frederik Danielsen’s work (b. 1995) revolvs around the myths and ritual practices on the Danish island of Als where the artist grew up himself. Danielsen evokes the viewer’s curiosity for these local places and stories through the combination of documentary photography and conceptual art, using both his own photographies as well as found objects and material from local archives. The project crates a timeless narrative investigating the human relationship with nature, connecting past and present through stories and myths with a veil of mystery.


Jenni Toivonen

Are We There” (2021) by Jenni Toivonen (b. 1993) investigates migration, memory and the connection between human and nature. The project is a performative journey to the old village Penedo, in Brazil where Toivonen’s grandparents were set to build an utopian community. Currently based in Helsinki, Finland, Toivonen visits this village in Brazil, and tries to build a connection with the past by re-imagining and reconstructing it, through rituals that immerse the human body in its environment, exploring the questions of origin, belonging and coexistence.

Through this work the artist approaches photography as an investigative tool, combining it with her own family’s history, memories and found material.


Mathias Eis

Mathias Eis’s (b. 1995) long-term project “Are we nearly there yet” explores life away from the rest of society at the 148 rest stops along the Danish highway. The project creates a nuanced contemporary image of Denmark and the people who work, travel through the country, or just stop at a rest area as a break from everyday life. Nevertheless, these paved oases also have a life of their own, although hardly anyone visits them for more than 10 minutes. With this work he tries to redirect attention to ordinary spaces, that are usually not attributed any value, transforming their significance through his camera lens.


Barbara Marstrand – Emma Sarpaniemi – Frederik Danielsen – Jenni Tovoinen – Mathias Eis


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Everyday 11AM – 8PM


6 June
16 June
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