V1 Gallery is pleased to present Nephews – a solo exhibition by Fryd Frydendahl.
Nephews takes its departure in a tragedy. Frydendahl’s older sister died in child labor leaving behind her infant son and his older brother. Frydendahl who had just started her artistic education at Fatamorgana School of Photography in Copenhagen was devastated by grief.
As a mean to process the loss of her sister and maintaining her close to heart and mind she began photographing her nephews. Out of a personal need, a unique relationship and collaboration with the young boys was established. They entered an unspoken pact that 10 years later would result in the exhibition and the book Nephews. In collaborating the three of them renegotiated a tragedy that could have just as easily set them all adrift. They chose each other instead. Creating an intimate, respectful, playful and tender tale of loneliness, friendship, love, loss and family.
The exhibition consists of 26 colour photographs varying in size and medium created between 2006 and 2016. The works depict the boys coming of age. Playing, contemplating, caring, hiding, performing, not caring and just being. There is an ongoing interplay between the boys and Frydendahl. They seem to inhabit an almost magic space together, where common rules and regulations do not apply or are easily bend for adventure. The same kind of magical sentiment as you will find in Antoine de Saint – Exupéry’s The Little Prince. In many of the images the boys are semi masked, in costume or character, morphing in or out of a fox’s fur, wearing a cone for a beak – turning into swans, veiled in pink embroidery, wearing suits – hair slicked back or semi visible behind a self confident plume of vapor from an e-cigarette. Creating and playing with identity. Becoming. While we see the boys physically change from boys to young men, we gradually sense a change in Fryd’s art. Images grow from beautifully defiant into mature bloom. Like the boys they carry themselves differently.
Nephews is a seminal body of work. A modern tragedy. Splintering the rules of traditional narration and engagement. Fryd Frydendahl has created an original poetic visual language.
Kilde: V1 Gallery
1711 København V
Lør 11-15 og efter aftale
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