intervals and forms of stones of stars

3 wall photographs mounted on the facade of
Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2017)
Series of 30 cameraless photographs, 20.3×25.4 cm
Artist’s book published by Humboldt Books

intervals and forms of stones of stars is a photographic field study of a Nordic manmade beach landscape (the landscape in which Arken Museum of Modern Art is situated). Through a series of cameraless photographic registrations, Nanna Debois Buhl maps the biotope’s flora, fauna, and soil and draws connections between the characteristics of the site and its photographic representation. Using historical photographic techniques to connect what is depicted in the images and how they are made, her photographs are inspired by the cameraless photographic works of William Henry Fox Talbot (1840s) and August Strindberg (1890s); images created in the moment of contact between the object and the photosensitive surface.

Part of the project is a forthcoming artist’s book which will map the biotope, its botany, and its cultural context. The book will contain the series of photographs as well as a text of field notes and two conversations, with Nils Bubandt, Professor of Anthropology, Aarhus University and with Lucy Gallun, Assistant Curator of Photography at MoMA, New York, reflecting on the site of investigation and the photographic registrations of it.

The project is realized on the occasion of the exhibition NATURE (RE)TURNS.