September last year I collaborated with Swiss based photographer Alex Withey to put together an exhibition called “Dislocations”. The selection was based on the books we recently had produced, and was exhibited in Pep + No Name Gallerie in Basel.
I carefully selected the eight photographs that work together like a stanza. It was important that the sequence had a dialogue, that the first image connect to the next and so on.
From the press release:
Both Nina Hove and Alex Withey employ a documentary style not in the service of realistic description, but rather dislocating fragments of places, objects and peoples, suspended moments in time, removing them from their own contexts and realities to be placed in a virtual space where they assume a pungent richness of meaning of their own.
This ‘space’ where these images then circulate is one that is beyond and above the specific context where the photographs were taken, instead, it transcends those and allows their content to expand into an allegorical dimension of the human existence as a whole.
Be it photographs of photographs that slip into abstraction, blurry still live that feels like it is blooming out of the frame, bits of concrete or human hair turned into painterly shapes and textures that suck the viewer into them, sweaty, bloated skin pulsating before our eyes… Human condition in all its strength and fragility, violence and poetry, is running and dripping throughout both the artists’ work.
What at first produces the feeling of peeking into, thus invading, someone else’s memories slowly starts reverberating in a more universal way to the point where we are no longer sure if those memories are not actually our own. Culture and identity punctuate the works throughout, while a constellation of self and Other melt and merge.
All these layers and points in this net connect and combine in a variety of ways simultaneously composing a history that is not of a particular time or place, it rather condenses pre-modern, modern and post-modern and is non-specific par excellence at the same time dialoguing and opposing the emptiness of Auge’s concept of non-place, though clearly and very importantly circulating between notions of authenticity and commodity.
At the same time that Hove and Withey successfully escape documentary photography, in its inherent pretension and insufficiency, they achieve what is de facto an accurate and possible a visual imagery portrait of human existence, its memories and spaces in a globalized era: an anti-linear, interconnected and abysmal one.
Nina Hove is born in Norway 1983. She graduated from Oslo Fotokunstskole in 2009 and continued studying at the Arts College University Bournemouth, UK. In 2011 she graduated with a BA (first class honors). Since then she has lived in Stockholm where she worked with renowned Swedish photographer Anders Petersen, mainly with darkroom copying and producing books. Now she devotes her time for own projects in a personal documentary style.
2012 Dislocations. Nina Hove and Alex Withey. Pep + No Name Galerie. Basel, Switzerland.
2011 AOP Student Awards. AOP Gallery. London. UK.
2010 Juvenarte 2010. Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo. Norway.
2010 Sognedesign. Kristiansand, Norway.
2010 Through the lens : Bournemouth. UK.
2010 Stipendutstilling Cyan : galleri. Oslo, Norway.
2010 Encounter : Berlin. Stitzum. Germany.
2009 Sosho bar. Showcase. London. UK.
2009 Sognedesign, Kristiansand, Norway
2009 Fotografiets dag. Preus museum, Norway.
2009 Avgangsutstilling OFKS Radhusgalleriet, Oslo, Norway.
2009 Studio Tatr. “A simple encounter”. Oslo, Norway
2008 1ars utstilling. Oslo Fotokunstskole Galleri, Schous plass 1, Norway.
2008 Lianzhou International Photofestival. China
2007 MOCA Museum of Contemperary Art. China
2007 Liberia Borges Institute of Contemorary Art. China
GRANTS AND AWARDS
2011 Cultiva Ekspress Kunst. 15 000 nok for exhibition and printing of ´Moon`
2011 AOP Student awards – Judges choice Portraiture and Lifestyle
2011 Gullsnitt 2010. Category: Nykommer.
2010 Shots. Young Photographers Competition. 3rd place.
2010 Shots. Young Photographers Competition. Finalist.
2010 Through the lens : Bournemouth. 1st prize.
2009 Cultiva Ekspress. 5000 nok printing of “Three minutes in somebody`s life”.
2009 Best picture in category “the best photograph”.Fotografiets dag, Norway.
2011-2013: Darkroom copyist, Anders Petersen. Stockholm, Sweden.
2012-2013: Assistant of the Atelier Smedsby workshop JH Engström. Paris, France.
2011 Art director and photographer for Bonnie Brae shortfilm “Hypnogogic” Berlin, Germany.