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Photoforum 28.05.09

Andrea Jespersen

Per Pulverem Ad Astra Eva Stenram 2007. Source image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech

Andrea Jespersen’s diverse art practice has its foundation in a Danish upbringing, a Scottish BA (hons) in Fine Art Photography and an English MA in Printmaking. She has two intermingling bodies of work that together explore the blurry extremities of our consciousness. For tonight’s Photoforum she will be showing work inspired by our limited knowledge of the universe and talk about her interest in legitimising questions instead of validating answers.

David Birkin

David Birkin’s work is informed by the history of photography and its relationship to performance in contemporary art. His photographs incorporate live events into the image-making process, often exploring social and political themes: from Modernist preoccupations with objectifying the human body to the aestheticisation of suffering in Christian iconography and the images that emerged from Abu Ghraib. David Birkin studied anthropology at Oxford University and will this year begin an MA at the Slade School of Fine Art. He lives and works in London.

Eva Stenram

For Per Pulverem Ad Astra, Eva Stenram made negatives from NASA’s digital images of Mars and let these gather dust in her apartment before printing them. The resulting marked image is a combination of extreme distance and extreme proximity, a simultaneous gravitational pull towards the earth, to the dust around – and by extension, towards death – and a pull upwards, into space, away from the earth, towards the attraction, both physical and fantastical, of Mars. Inspired by a fascination for images from and of space, as well as surrealist photography (in particular Man Ray’s portfolio Electricité) and experiments in ‘thoughtography’ (attempts, originating in the late nineteenth century, to photograph mental images, which often appear as blurs and visual ‘static’), the series also invites debate around ownership, copyright, national borders and colonisation.