Joakim Eskildsen: A world I can believe in

The National Museum of Photography

22 May 2015 - 31 January 2016 Rotunden 01
billedetekst som læses af skærmlæserFrom the project Home Works

For the first time in Denmark an introduction to the full artistic oeuvre of the internationally recognized Danish photographer Joakim Eskildsen

Tuesday 8/12: Exhibition tour in English

The exhibition is based upon the seven books, Eskildsen has been working on since 1989. A selection of images are presented in large format along with sketch books, contact sheets, pre-proofing sheets, video and other materials providing insights into the work process. Joakim Eskildsen is a dedicated photographer, who works meticulously with every step of the process from photographing, copying and printing to the final design of the photographic book. To him, not only the photographic works meant for display are important, but more than everything the book itself is the back bone of his projects.

In a book, the artist can present his images without compromising in a series that allows for a narrative to unfold. Moreover, a book lives for a long time and reaches a larger audience than a single work of photographic art. Joakim Eskildsen is rooted in the tradition of classical documentary. His main subject is people and their surroundings which he becomes familiar with during long stays abroad. His images in the books together with the texts depict the communities in question both soberly and with respect.

Fra projektet American RealitiesFrom the project American Realities

His evocative photographs represent reality as Eskildsen wishes to see it: infused with immense sensual beauty. Eskildsen's unique sense of light and colour is evident already in his early works. So is the constant interest and commitment shown towards human beings and their relationship with nature and the surroundings, they live in:

"To me, it is essential to believe; in a better world, in mankind, and in that there is a sense with it all. There are so many problems in the world nowadays - poverty, illness, pollution, environmental disasters, war - that it requires discipline to be an optimist. I try to collect photographs of a world that I can believe in, which gives me hope, and moments of magic." 

The monumental work The Roma Journeys (published by Steidl 2007) in which Eskildsen and the author Cia Rinne spent six years documenting life, conditions and history of the Romas in Hungary, Greece, India, Finland, France, Romania and Russia received international attention and won several prizes. The past years he has worked on the series American Realities, documenting people living below the poverty line in the US.

Eskildsen has worked on projects in Portugal, Cuba and South Africa as well but is currently working on Home Works, focusing on subjects closer to him: The homes and children of his own.

Fra projektet The Roma JourneysFrom the project The Roma Journeys

He often collaborates on projects with writer Cia Rinne, and his publications include Nordic Signs (1995), Bluetide (1997), iChickenMoon (1999), the portfolio al-Madina (2002, in collaboration with Kristoffer Albrecht and Pentti Sammallahti), and the book The Roma Journeys (Steidl 2007).

Currently he works on three books, American Realities, Cuban Evolution and Home Works. His work is represented in collection in i.a. Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, Kiasma in Helsinki along with Danish collections, and he has exhibited in Amos Anderson Kunstmuseet in Helsinki and Kunsthalle Emden to name a few. Eskildsen currently lives and works in Berlin.


Standard 40 kr.
Diamantklub Free
Students 25 kr.
Children  Free


Opening hours: Monday- Saturday 10-19

The exhbition closes 2:30 pm Saturday January 9th


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The exhibition is created in collaboration with Gallery Taik Persons, Berlin.

The exhibition was realised with supoprt from Konsul George Jorck og hustru Emma Jorcks Fond, Harry Opstrup Fonden, Kulturfonden for Danmark og Finland, and Politiken-Fonden. Arthur Hotels is hotel sponsor.