Technology may dictate our future, but art still has the ability to push the medium of photography; it still has the ability to challenge ideas of time, space and fragility. In this show, photography didn’t depict the literate or the tangible. It explored an abstract perception of the space we occupy and the moment we live in. A moment that will cease to exist.
Louise Bøgelund Saugmann spent 10 days meditating in an Indian temple before she even considered taking her camera out of the bag. Inspired by Surrealist automatism, as a means of being free of rational control, she herself had to reach the unconscious, before she was able to document her experience. In He Who Knows is a Master of Himself she embraces the Vipassana meditation philosophy, which demands complete silence and serenity from its practitioners. Saugmann’s work captures this moment and the mental conditions; the experience of stillness, calm, immersion and the intense energy of the space. What might be deemed banal and prosaic - shots of streaming light, draped mosquito nets and worn sockets - are elevated to something spiritual and sensuous. Through a meditative work process she has captured the spirit of the place and created a match between significance and void.
How long was a double presentation with artist Jenny Nordquist at the gallery for contemporary photography, Vasli Souza located in Malmø (now Oslo).