Josée Schryer and Sanne Vils Axelsen
The canadian photographer Josée Schryer (b. 1981) was featured at Copenhagen Photo Festival in 2017 at Gasværksundergrunden in Photo City with a solo exhibition called ‘Nord’, done in collaboration with the danish photographer Sanne Vils Axelsen.
She has an MFA in Photography from the University of Hartford and a BFA at Concordia University in Photography and Art History. She has received several awards such as the The Mary Frey Award in Photography from Hartford University.
As a photographer Schryer is interested in culture, traditions, folklore and stories. In her work she is exploring people’s attachment to the places where they grew up or chose to live, and how it reflects on their identity and communities.
Apart from her work as a photographer Schryer is also a cofounder of the Photobook Club Montréal which she has worked on since 2014. Her first monograph, ‘sur-la-Rouge’, was published by Peperoni Books in 2016.
The danish photographer Sanne Vils Axelsen was featured at Copenhagen Photo Festival in 2017 at Gasværksundergrunden in Photo City with a solo exhibition called ‘Nord’, done in collaboration with the canadian photographer .
Sanne Vils has a BA in Human Geography from The University of Copenhagen and a BA in Photojournalism from The Danish School of Journalism. In 2016 she earned her Master of Fine Arts from University of Hartford. Her work has received several awards such as the Mary Frey Award in Photography from Hartford University and her work has been exhibited internationally on several occasions.
Since 2010 she has worked as a freelance photographer, and in her work she in general very attentive towards the changes of her surrounding society. Her latest series is called ‘Vindtid’ from 2017 sets out to discover and relate to internal changes of contemporary Danish society.
‘Nord’ focuses on changes in nordic societies on each side of the Atlantic Ocean. Both women have observed the impact of changes such as climate and politics on each of their surrounding societies. Some of these changes are observed in the landscape, others are felt when values shift and traditions are lost. The combination of the two photographic projects provides us with two testimonies of the changes that are felt in the north when zooming in on two very distant societies.
Schryer photographed Inuit lands of Northern Québec hinting of manifestations at new values, consumerism and a loss of traditions while Sanne Vils Axelsen has focused on the loss of community, isolation and change experiences in contemporary Denmark.