Encounters – Nordic Photography Beyond Borders

8 Jun 2019 – 18 Aug 2019

Event times

12:00 to 18:00, until 20:00 on Thursdays, Saturday/Sunday 12:00 - 16:00 Closed Mondays

Cost of entry

Free until 16th of June then 40 DKK after that, 20 DKK for students and old age pensionists

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Encounters is the result of a Nordic collaboration between five institutions respectively from Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Denmark.


The distance between countries is diminished by technology and globalization,

and we experience many controversies and foremost alienation. In the exhibition

Encounters , a number of Nordic artists, curators and institutions have examined

our relationship with each other and what we share in common despite such

controversy and alienation.

The exhibition consists of artworks by five Nordic contemporary

photographers / artists: Miia Autio, Finland, Nanna Debois Buhl, Denmark,

Bára Kristinsdóttir, Iceland, Sandra Mujinga, Norway and Johannes Samuelsson,

Sweden. Common to the artists is that they work with encounters that go

beyond society’s otherwise established borders - both geographical, social,

personal and media boundaries - in spite of widely different approaches

and techniques.

The word “encounter”, which is part of the exhibition’s title, describes a random

and often intense or emotional encounter; a meeting that can result in a clash

between hostile groups or people. This is not evident in the exhibition, but

visually one can see the clashes between systems through the works.

The exhibition raises current topics for discussion, such as migration,

environment, politics, cultural exchange, technology and local / global change.

In addition, the viewer is confronted with the relationship with “the other”.

The other can be understood here as another culture or another human being.

Encounters – Nordic Photography Beyond Borders  is the result of a

curatorial cooperation between Dragana Vujanović Östlind, Louise Wolthers

and Sara Walker from the Hasselblad Foundation, Göteborg, Sweden, Jóhanna

Gudrún Árnadóttir from Reykjavík Museum of Photography, Iceland, Tiina

Rauhala, The Finish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland and Susanne

Saether from Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway and Kristine Kern from

Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Encounters  can be seen at Fotografisk Center during Copenhagen Photo

Festival and beyond. Entrance is free during the Photo Festival which runs

to the 16th of June.

The exhibition has received support from A. P Møller Foundation and

The Embassy of Sweden in Copenhagen.

What to expect? Toggle


Kristine Kern

Jóhanna Gudrún Árnadóttir

Dragana Vujanović Östlind

Tiina Rauhala

Susanne Saether

Louise Wolthers

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Miia Autio

Johannes Samuelsson

Nanna Debois Buhl

Bára Kristinsdóttir

Sandra Mujinga


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