PORTRÆT AF ET HUS
Ingi Joensen (b. 1953) is a photographer from the Faroe Islands who was featured at Copenhagen Photo Festival in 2017 at Understationen in Photo City with a photo series called ‘Portrait of a house’.
He has studied design at the Danish Design School in Copenhagen where he finished in 1977.
‘Portrait of a house’ shows a house where no one is living any longer. The walls are still there, and much of the furniture too. Wallpapers are hanging on the walls, but it is no longer a home. The home both exists and does not exist. It has a duality in itself, and the portrait Ingi Joensen draws is also a kind of double portrait. Each picture has a twin, a double, a parallel or duplicate. One is taken when the house was inhabited, the other one is taken now that the house is empty at the same place in the house.
Ingi Joensen has chosen one part of the images from the family photo albums and has dug up tracks as documents of a life that once was: Grandparents, young children, teenagers, new dresses, celebrations, adult chat, twaddle, yellow soda, and long naps. All that creates a life from birth to death, for better or worse. Some of these images Ingi Joensen might even have taken himself as a young man when he came into the house and there was life, some have probably been taken by other family members, it is lost in oblivion. But the other part of the pictures he has taken in remembrance of the life that was after it had disappeared.
The work of Ingi Joensen has been exhibited worldwide and he has published several books, latest ‘Í kerinum 40’ from 2015. His work is currently a part of the exhibition ‘Less is North’ that you can experience at The Faroe Islands Art Museums until the 19th of january 2020 (december, 2020).
Next to working as a photographer Ingi Joensen also works as a graphic adviser and owns a graphic studio.