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OPENING · Peter Funch · The Imperfect Atlas

1 June @ 17:00 - 20:00


Fotografisk Center presents the solo exhibition The Imperfect Atlas by the award winning and internationally acclaimed visual artist Peter Funch  

On May 31, Fotografisk Center opens the solo exhibition The Imperfect Atlas by the Danish visual artist Peter Funch. The exhibition unfolds Funch’s multi-year research-based project of the same name, consisting of his own photographs and video material as well as extensive archival material from the region and landscape surrounding Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier in Seattle, USA. With the project, Funch brings attention to the drastic changes that mountainous areas undergo due to human impact on the ecosystems of nature and the geological condition of the Earth.


Exhibition opening: May 31, 5-8 pm

Exhibition period: June 1 – August 11, 2024


About the exhibition

The exhibition The Imperfect Atlas, exposes both the changes in nature and the changes in modern humanity’s perception of nature. Funch moves away from the journalistic documentary style prevalent in the media’s coverage of climate issues, attempting instead to reclaim humanity’s relationship with nature through unique artistic techniques.

Funch refers to and point back to the world’s first colour photography by employing the RGB colour separation method. This photographic technique was invented around the time of the Industrial Revolution and is the source of the invention of color photography in 1861. Using the technique, Funch examines the mountainscapes in Seattle with three different exposures – red, green, and blue filters – layered on top of each other. Through this photographic historical reference, Funch documents how the melting of the snow caps becomes increasingly evident in the Anthropocene era, marking our current geological epoch. He pairs these images with his own collected archival material, such as newspaper clippings, vintage postcards, and satellite images of the area, to visualise and highlight the climate changes.

In the exhibition, the project transforms into an immersive installation consisting of both newer and older series of works. These are presented as projections and photographs in various sizes, installed on scaffold constructions, while the archival material is exhibited on display tables specifically made for the exhibition. Both with his own works and his collected archival material, Funch intertwines the past and the present, thereby uncovering humanity’s presence in and impact on the area surrounding Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier. The works in the exhibition therefore also functions as testimonies to the consequences on the climate brought to us from the Industrial Revolution. By allowing Funch’s works to be installed on raw metal constructions, the exhibition design also reflects the contrast between the natural, as depicted in the works, and the constructed and human-made, as seen by the installation architecture.

With his in-depth exploration of environmental and climate-related issues in The Imperfect Atlas, it is natural to consider the exhibition from a broader, national, and international perspective, as Funch connects the transformed ecosystems of nature with larger existential questions about man’s changed perspectives on and understanding of nature.

The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, Augustinus Fonden, Politiken-Fonden, Knud Højgaards Fond, Illux and tge New Carlsberg foundation. 


About the artist

Peter Funch (b. 1974) is a Danish visual artist who operates at the intersection of documentary and fine art photography. Often, Funch’s artistic practice is rooted in socially relevant issues, where he, with an observant eye and his cinematic visual imagery, offers incisive reflections on humans as social and cultural beings, as well as the social and cultural structures we are part of. 

Funch graduated as a photojournalist from the Danish School of Media and Journalism in 1999. For 13 years, he worked as a photographer in New York, USA. He currently lives and works in Paris, France. He has published six monographs and has been widely exhibited internationally, including in Canada, England, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the USA, Germany, Austria, among others. 

The Project The Imperfect Atlas has also been part of the group exhibition Meltdown, which has been showcased at several international exhibitions around the world. Meltdown is commissioned by the charity Project Pressure. 


Event programme

Throughout the exhibition period, there will be a series of events, each in its own way, contextualizing the exhibition within Peter Funch’s artistic practice and his interest in socially relevant themes.

Guided tour with Peter Funch on June 1, 1-2 pm. 

In connection with the current exhibition, visual artist Peter Funch will give a guided tour in his first solo exhibition at the Fotografisk Center. During the tour, Funch will discuss his in-depth research project that forms the basis of the project The Imperfect Atlas.

Fotografisk Center x V1 Gallery on June 5, 5-7 pm 

Fotografisk Center and V1 Gallery present a joint conversation about photo books. During the event Book Talk & Book Signing, visual artist Peter Funch will be in conversation with publisher and graphic designer Hans Munk from At Last Books.

The conversation starts at the Fotografisk Center and will focus on Funch and Munk’s long-term collaboration on photo books. Following this, they will specifically highlight their recently published book Walden; or, Life in the Woods, Vol. 02.

The event will then continue around the corner at V1 Gallery with a subsequent book signing, as well as book and poster sale. It is about a three-minute walk from Fotografisk Center to V1 Gallery.

Artist Talk on June 8, from 1-2 pm 

Visual artist Peter Funch will be in conversation with art historian Laura Ifversen. The conversation will be based on Funch’s current solo exhibition The Imperfect Atlas as well as his artistic practice and personal visual imagery.


1 June
17:00 - 20:00
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