17 November 2023
We are happy to introduce Bodies in Silence by talented artist Helene Schmitz
The new exhibition at Ivar is in collaboration with Willas Contemporary.
Surinam, Namibia, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and Alabama. The acknowledged photographer artist Helene Schmitz has travelled across the globe with her large, wooden, analogue camera for the past decade.
Helene Schmitz’s work is a photographic account of the indelible mark left by the abusive relationship between humans and nature. Schmitz links her sober and revealing photographs to the rich tradition of landscape painting, using a large-format, analogue camera that enables the viewer to study both the overall vista and the small details. At first glance Schmitz’s works are silent and majestic accounts, hiding more than they reveal. Upon further investigation, the eerie silence piques our instincts telling us there is more than that which meets the eye.
Schmitz’s work focuses on sites where the view of separating human life from its natural surroundings is most tenuous. This investigation has brought her from still life to landscape photography; from Suriname in South America to the deserts of Namibia in Africa. The photographs meditate on the history of colonization over territories, people and resources. Her images represent conflicts where the anthropocentric perspective is challenged by botanical and geological oppositional forces. Many of Schmitz’s images have this in common, the quiet vibrations of energy, ready to shatter equilibrium at a moment’s notice.
Ivar in collaboration with WILLAS contemporary is proud to present Bodies in Silence by Helene Schmitz, during mid November and mid January 2024, opening on November 17th, 2023.
The exhibition is open to our guest and friends at Ivar.
About the photo: Helene Schmitz I Turnings of Fire 2016. Archival Pigment Print Diasec mounted in walnut frame. Image size 93 x 158 cm Edition 4 + 1 AP