Erik Berglin

Solo Artist 2023

Erik Berglin

The Bird Project

“The Bird Project”, that Erik Berglin will present at the 2023 festival edition, is a long-term work that he created over a period of twelve years, between 2006 and 2017. He wheat-pasted hand cut photographs of birds in cities all over the world. The birds, which were all in natural size, were placed at selected locations to then be documented photographically by the artist himself.

At the end of the project, 4982 photographs showing various bird-species, were wheat pasted in twelve cities around the world: Gothenburg (2006) Berlin (2007) Tel Aviv (2008) Casablanca (2009 New York (2010), Reykjavik (2011) Madrid (2012) Malmö (2013) Rio de Janeiro (2014) Buenos Aires (2015) London (2016) and Stockholm (2017).

The process for the project began by sourcing ornithology books in antiquarian bookshops as well as libraries. Appropriate images were first scanned, then edited and reprinted again. The next step revolved all around cutting out the images with scissors and a scalpel in order to free them from the paper. This project combines various fields, such as ornithology, storytelling and street art/street photography.

BIOGRAPHY

Erik Berglin was born in 1980 in Sundsvall, Sweden. In his practice, he explores the boundaries of what photography is and can be today. His often humorous work ranges from interventions in public space, fact/fictional storytelling and appropriation of material found in old books or online. While his practice revolves around text and images, he uses a camera very rarely; instead, to create images, he often uses either customized computer algorithms or scissors. Ordinary found images are altered, or get detached from their natural function that reference documentaries, art history and pop culture. The subject matter may vary accordingly, but always revolves around the question of authenticity of photography. The conceptual framework and the process is just as important as the final result.

Berglin holds a BFA at the HDK-Valand Art Academy, Gothenburg as well as a MFA at the same academy.


Hilla Kurki

Solo Artist 2023

Hilla Kurki

Almost All the Flowers in My Mother’s Garden

In her project Almost All the Flowers in my Mothers Garden, Hilla Kurki literally explores her mother’s garden to photograph her beloved flowers. Flowers are her mother’s passion and she “grows” them as she “grew” her daughters. In Finnish the same verb can be used for implying “to grow” or “to raise”; you don’t raise daughters, you grow them. In a way, the flowers her mother has planted, grown, and cared for start to symbolize the daughters, each being beautiful, individual living creatures. In this project Kurki is exploring relationships between mothers and their daughters because she realised with people her age that they had a lot in common, at least more than what she would have thought. Her series was published in a book in 2022 and accompanied by texts created from various intimate memories collected from anonymous daughters. Every daughter can recognize part of her histories in some of those texts.

The flowers in the pictures symbolize the care, or the lack of it, that forms the basis of our growth

BIOGRAPHY

Hilla Kurki (b. 1985) is a Finnish artist who graduated with a Bachelor and a Master of Arts at the Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Finland.
Kurki’s work is linked to her personal story and human experiences she has been through. She reappropriates her own experiences with her camera and the process she develops to photograph. Family is a big inspiration to Hilla Kurki. She manages to start from a personal point of view to make it feel like a universal experience everyone faces at some point of their life.


Craig Ames

Solo Artist 2023

Craig Ames

Photographs of British Algae  AI Impressions

Inspired by the English botanist and photographer Anna Atkins and her photographic record of botanical specimens ‘Photographs of British Algae – Cyanotype Impressions’ (1843-1853), ‘Photographs of British Algae – AI Impressions’ (2022), by Craig Ames is, as Atkins’ work once was, created using one of the cutting-edge imaging technologies we have at our disposal.  As a photography pioneer, Atkins created the world’s first photobook and photographic-based record of botanical specimens and her distinctive works have gone on to inspire generations of artists and image-makers. 

Today, Ames uses the perhaps most transformative imaging technology being developed and employed, generative AI.  Adopting Atkins’ philosophy of image making, the artist utilises this emerging technology in order to create specimen exemplars of ‘AI impressions’.

Ames used a broad sample of the Latin names of the specimens that Atkins photographed and processed them through a text-to-image AI generator, producing a body of work which was labelled and catalogued to create a new visual taxonomy of simulated algae. In this way, the simulacra intentionally distorts the boundaries between the real and the artificial, highlighting the growing disconnect between the natural world and the simulated hyperreality.

BIOGRAPHY

Craig Ames is a British artist whose work concentrates on contested spaces, expanded forms of evidence, simulation, artificial intelligence imaging as well as the networked image. He translates his ideas and projects with the help of different mediums, such as photography, AI imaging, text, moving image and sourced, online material. His interest in photography started when he was training to become an evidence photographer while serving the British Army as a combat soldier. The practice formed and expanded his fascination with the medium of photography.


Daniel Hinks

Solo Artist 2023

Daniel Hinks

The Sunshiners; Code Red in Green China

In The Sunshiners; Code Red in Green China Daniel Hinks focuses on fishing culture in China and how the increasing amount of plastic and contamination in the oceans is impacting this way of life and questions old habits and traditions.

Hinks connects the ocean to the massive plastic contamination it contains. He points out the importance of fishing in China and how it is traditionally and economically very important for a lot of people. Sea contamination is like an iceberg. The plastic we can see on the surface of the ocean is the top, but it goes way beyond into the depths of the sea and our bodies. If nothing gets changed, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050.

With his creative process, Hinks tries to avoid a generic portrait of the issue by adding external elements such as gloves, bottles,… to connect the photographs with the people, the place and the reality he presents. He also uses acetate sheets and sea water developed negatives to take us back and forth between the reality of the present and the deterioration that is yet to come if we do not adapt and change our ways.

BIOGRAPHY

Daniel Hinks is an English photographer currently based in China. After a diploma in Art and Design and one in Photography at Stafford College he graduated with a MA in Photojournalism and documentary photography at the University of Arts in London.
Documentary photographer and visual artist Daniel Hinks is fascinated by the human condition and focuses on stories he truly believes in. He looks at the state of human existence but concentrates on the resilience of the human spirit. He thinks that images can have a big impact on people and create a change. In his work, Hinks intends to bring about understanding between cultures, races, religion and bridge the gap between humans.


Kristina Knipe

Solo Artist 2023

Kristine Knipe

Talisman

In her project Talisman, Kristina Knipe constructs identity through mythology in queer communities in New Orleans. This work examines the material and visual excess created from decadences, masquerades, and healing practice as it relates to the body. The artist’s photographs trace the life of objects, spaces and the body as they are transformed from elements and are being reused. For instance, we see objects disappear and resurface broken in other pictures, bodies change, time transforms people and plants die. In her practice, Kristina Knipe works in close collaboration with the sitters in order to make photographs that reflect individual stories of healing. She adorns them with shared materials to create a transformative experience of pleasure. This process is a queer ritual. “Talisman” works towards a merging and healing of nature, the man-made and the body in a flawed, but beautiful manifestation.

The project portrays people, whose reality consists of the burden of maintaining mental health without having healthcare, of being a person whose role is to make other’s spaces beautiful which by necessity means repurposing objects for their own, of having traumatic experiences with no recourse, cycles of depression in the service of the hospitality industry, expressing gender and sexuality despite judgement, and persisting in generative work through loss. The artist’s story is intertwined with those she photographs. They cohabit spaces and experiences within a community of artists, activists, and healers.

BIOGRAPHY

Kristina Knipe is an artist and educator who was born in the USA in 1990. She lives between Brooklyn and New Orleans. In her work, she touches the themes of intimacy, healing and community by using the mediums of photography, video and installation. For her, the photographic practice is synonymous to the healing practice of her own as well as of others and displays it in an honest and eclectic way.

Knipe got her BFA degree in photography from the New York University, where she graduated with Departmental Honors and her MFA in Studio Art at the Tulane University in New Orleans.


Nanna Heitmann

Solo artist 2021

Nanna Heitmann

Hiding from Baba Yaga

“Hiding from Baba Yaga” is a project created along the Yenisei River in Russia and the wildness around it. This land has been for centuries a place where nature can exist freely and where nomadic people have settled. Most remote parts of it have also been the refuge for criminals, political escapees or adventurers. With Stalin, the Yenisei became a place of exile and forced labour. The shape of the land changed and big lakes were constructed; villages disappeared and the climate changed. Nowadays, with globalisation, people are more attracted to living in cities, but the Yenisei River continues to be a space for dreamers and loners to escape the worldly world. Baba Yaga is a character from the Slavic folklore portrayed as a witch in various fairy tales, like the one in which she chases a little girl named Vasilisa through the forest.

In her series ‘Hiding from Baba Yaga’, Nanna Heitmann portrays the people and the way of living in this area. Here, different people with different backgrounds come together. Among the protagonists there is Yuri who lives along the river and came here because all his friends died from alcohol or drugs. Further away lives Valentin, a self-proclaimed anarch-ecologist who moved here after being traumatised by the war. All those stories are drastically different from one another and show different life situations. Despite everything, they all ended up at the same place and are somehow connected by the Yenisei River: a land of freedom and escapism from a tough reality.

BIOGRAPHY

Nanna Heitmann (b. 1994 in Ulm, Germany) is a documentary photographer and a Magnum associate, who is currently based in Moscow, Russia. In addition to reporting on current events, particularly in Russia, her work often looks at the way people respond to and interact with their environment: She has reported on the effects of climate change and the catastrophic forest fires in Siberia, the lungs of the world: The peatlands of the Congo Basin, but also the lives of people living along the remote benches of the Yenisei River.

She has received awards that include the World Press Photo Award, the Olivier Rebbot Award and the Leica Oscar Barnack Newcomer Award, Worldpress Photo, as well as the Ian Parry Award of Achievement and has been listed on “The 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch”. Heitmann’s work has been published by National Geographic, TIME Magazine, M Le Magazine du Monde among others and she works on assignments for outlets including The New York Times and the New Yorker among others.