tisdag 28 januari 2014

MAANANTAI – Nine Nameless Mountains

ARTIST TALK 17 - 18 i föreläsningsalen.

Maanantai is a collective formed by a group of 8 artists-photographers
from Helsinki. It started after a succession of Monday meetings and the
desire to seek for an alternative way to photograph . This lead to a “first trip
to the Norwegian Lofoten islands, where Nine Nameless Mountains
became our story.

Challenging the notion of authorship with a body of work made by one
common author and 16 eyes, it is a poetical and absurd topographical
exploration of the notion of distance and scales – latitude versus altitude.
Nine Nameless Mountains is built as a playful and discrete collection of
photographs mixing various medium: traditional analog photography,
video stills, laser prints, drawings or mobile phone shots; they are the traces
of small experiences, hazardous observations and improvised happenings.
The material produced afterwards was re-interpreted collectively, passed
from one hand to the other, when we returned to the studio to look at the
material and discuss, inspiring and confronting each-other.

The resulting body of work follows the group experimentations, with the
mountain as a “leitmotif”, the escaping horizon as a metaphor for life and
the impossibility to reach an absolute goal, it revisits the genre of the roadtrip
with an impish attitude and curiosity towards the unknown. On the
way North, we explored the surroundings: stones, waves, fog and light,
created a playful story – our motive for the celebration of friendship,
photography and chance.