Espen Rasmussen

Solo artist 2019

Espen Rasmussen

White Rage

White Rage is a highly current and controversial project by the award-winning Norwegian photographer and photo editor Espen Rasmussen . It is a geographically extensive and comprehensive visual study of xenophobia and the individual mechanisms and motives that cause people to translate hate into actions in the aftermath of the refugee crisis.

Traveling across Europe – from Norway to Italy and France to Russia – Espen Rasmussen met and spoke to hundreds of right wing activists who reject Europe’s liberal politics and moral standards, instead advocating Nationalist revival and a new conservative order. And in Trump’s America, the Ku Klux Klan has been superseded by Nazis with European role models. Espen travelled 3266 km through three states in the east of the U.S. to understand what drives hate in America.

BIOGRAPHY

Espen Rasmussen (b. 1976) is based at Nesodden, close to Oslo, Norway. He is represented by VII Photo and works as a photo editor in VG Helg — the weekend magazine of the biggest daily Norwegian newspaper VG. Espen has won numerous awards for his work, including three prizes from the World Press Photo, several in the Picture of the Year international (POYi) and 45 awards in the Norwegian Picture of the Year, including Photographer of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2018 as well as the main prize, Picture of the Year in 2004 and 2016.


Marco Marzocchi

Solo artist 2019

Marco Marzocchi

Oyster

Marco Marzocchi was selected from the 2019 open call with his exhibit ‘Oyster’ for the 2019 Copenhagen Photo Festival: Festival Center.  Oyster is a visual diary compiled over the course of 10 years as a way to uncover the impact of Marzocchi parents absence. The images, which border to both frustration and sometimes violence, expresses his search for a culprit, a reason for his dysfunctional childhood. Marzocchi has used archival and original imagery in his ransack of the past in order to build a meaningful present. In that sense, Oyster becomes part of the process of forgiving and letting go, a search to find love and healing.

‘Oyster represents my experience in recovering and understanding my parents, their life and their relation to me. I never knew them well because they split when I was six years old, and they both died young. Drugs, addictions, jail and a dysfunctional environment were constant elements. This work is focused on dealing with and replacing all the doubts and fears that I had. To expel the pain and search for love instead’  – Marco Marzocchi 

Oyster is an extremely personal and autobiographical story that is urgent as well as patient with its extensive research. Everything is traced back to a narrative that is both introspective and open to the outside world.

BIOGRAPHY

Marco Marzocchi was born  in Ferrara, Italy in 1974. Through photography he searches for people, atmospheres and places of the past that mixes with the present. He is the winner of the Gomma Grant in 2017, Premio Tabo’s Firts prize portfolio at Fotoleggendo 2018, the Urbanautica Institute Awards 2018 and was shortlisted for the Fotofilmica18 Emerging the Next Generation of Film & Analogue Photographers. He has been exhibited at MNAC Bucharest, TEMPS ZERO Bucharest 2019, Helsinki Photo Festival and Athens photo festival 2018.


Mathias Løvgreen

Solo artist 2019

Mathias Løvgreen 

Koma Retreat

Mathias Løvgreen’s exhibit KOMA RETREAT was selected from an open call to participate in the 2019 copenhagen photo festival: festival center.  KOMA RETREAT is made with choreographer Sebastian Kloborg, and it is a piece that explores the human’s constant searching for identity, and how this search is impacted by digital technologies in our ordinary lives and our brains and bodies reactions to these digital technologies. We humans disappear more and more into a digital world but the body as a machine goes on at its own paceIn collaboration, both artists attach great importance to the interplay between video art and dance. . With the performances in KOMA RETREAT, the audience can see dancers from The Royal Danish Ballet in a meditative exploration of the room and each other. They will invite the audience to stop and let their pace go down a notch, in the middle of KOMA RETREATs hyper-digital universe.

KOMA RETREAT is inspired by an ancient Chinese tradition in which artists and scholars exhibition retreated into the mountains to strip away the modern developments of their times in search  of their pure self. Løvgreen play with this tradition in the exhibition, questioning what our digital identities mean to us and how they affect our physical conduct in the world.

KOMA RETREAT’s exhibition space is a box formed from butcher curtains, on which løvgreens video installations. Displaying traditional Chineses motifs in a hyper-digitised light, are projected. During copenhagen photo festival the audience could experience a number of performances, where  dances from The Royal Danish Ballet, Eukene Sagüés, Samuel Scott Rees and Tobias Praetorius move in and out of the box becoming libing screens on which the video installations are projected, providing a bodily investigation of the exhibitions digital themes.

BIOGRAPHY

Mathias Løvgreen (b. 1991) is a visual artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark whose work centers around politics, population tendencies and the obscure elements of everyday life. He has studied at  The Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague, Fatamorgana The Danish School of Art Photography and The Danish School of Media and Journalism. Mathias Løvgreen has received numerous awards in renowned photography competitions such as the Danish Picture of the Year, College Photographer of the Year, International Photography Awards and Family of Man with his works concerning censorship in Saudi Arabia and the ongoing immigrations crisis in Europe. He is currently mentored by curator and artist Erik Kessels (NL) and is continuously supported by Danish arts foundations.


Jana Sophia Nolle

Solo artist 2019

Jana Sophia Nolle

Living Room

Jana Sophie Nolle  contributed to the 2019 Festival centre with the project ‘Living Room’ where she explored how is our home, whether house or tent, the determining factor for selecting our social group? How much does being homeless define somebody who might also be intelligent, creative and social? Are homeless people too far removed from society to be considered valuable members?

Jana Sophia Nolle approached homeowners and homeless people of San Francisco and asked them for access to their private spaces. Homeless people were asked to share their construction plans or lists of materials, while wealthy people were asked to open their living rooms.

The reconstructions show a conglomerate of repurposed items and materials, resulting in a series of architectural interiors. As the individual living rooms of the privileged homeowners reflect their owners, the reconstructed shelters also reflect their original creators: some are minimal, some are complicated or fragile, some are folded together and others are assembled into nomadic vehicles, giving the impression of constant movement.

In this way, Living Room asks us to consider social questions and connections through a purely material perspective, not based on direct human interaction, and touches on a larger phenomenon of socio-political changes, housing shortages, exclusion and gentrification.

BIOGRAPHY

Jana Sophia Nolle (b. 1986, in Germany) lives and works in Berlin and San Francisco. She is educated in Fine Art Photography from Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin in 2018 and received her MSc in Violence, Conflict Development Studies at SOAS University London in 2012.


Mary Frey Solo

Solo artist 2018

Mary Frey

Domestic Rituals & Real Life Dramas

The series ‘Domestic Rituals’ was shut in her own neighborhood in Massachusetts in the years 1979-1984. It portrays an everyday life with children, teenagers and adults in the American middle class. The photos are somewhere between snapshots and staged photography and are both intimate and distant at the same time. Her following series ‘Real Life Dramas’ (1984-1987) appears documentary in both photos and text, but are in fact fully staged and set up for the purpose of discussing the way we show reality and truth through the photograph.

According to the artist herself, the appearance of the series “Is meant to hover somewhere between reality and soap opera in order to question the “truth” of the camera’s vision.” In the light of the digital evolution, the work of Mary Frey is still very relevant three decades later because the self-staging in her photographs draws parallels to the way we portray ourselves on social media today.

BIOGRAPHY

The American photographer Mary Frey (b. 1948) was the headliner in the category Framing Society in 2019 with the exhibitions ‘Domestic Rituals’ and ‘Real Life Dramas’ exhibited in Flexsalen at Copenhagen Contemporary in the Festival Center of Copenhagen Photo Festival.
She earned her Master of Fine Arts from the Yale University School of Art in 1979, and she currently lives and works in western Massachusetts. Her work has received numerous awards, most notably the a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984 for her black and white-photographs in ‘Domestic Rituals’.