In Circular Tangle

A new work by Ditte Knus Tønnesen

25 November 2016 - 13 January 2017 Octagonal Showcase
By Ditte Knus Tønnesen
By Ditte Knus Tønnesen
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A completely new work of art, specially made for the Octagonal Showcase.

The octagonal piece of furniture is in itself a fantastic item, with beautifully carved wood and glass cases in unusual geometrical forms. The showcase was officially unveiled as a kind of built-in exhibition case when The Royal Library building was complete in 1906, and it still forms the framework for changing exhibitions. This time, The National Museum of Photography has invited Ditte Knus Tønnesen to fill the showcase with her art.

Ditte Knus Tønnesen (b. 1982) qualified as a visual artist within the field of photography at The Glasgow School of Art, but she makes use of the medium in ways we do not normally see. Her works often cross the boundaries between photography, sculpture and installation, and the overall mode of expression is far removed from framed images on paper. For the Octagonal Showcase she has, among other things, worked on developing her images directly on the glass panes of the showcase.

The images that are created in this way emerge as black and transparent, and it can be difficult to make out what is positive and what is negative. They can sometimes remind one of old cave paintings or other signs left behind on stone by human hands. This is no coincidence, for Ditte Knus Tønnesen is deeply interested in the relation between humanity and nature. In her earlier works she has also investigated how the human hunting of resources has left its mark on the natural landscape. In the work for the Octagonal Showcase she focuses on ‘nature inside the head’, i.e. the conception of nature with which most people meet nature when trying to create order in something which, despite everything, is often an organic or spiritual chaos.