“…creating a link between the past and the present.” - the artist
In my photographic series “Light & Silver” I am travelling in time creating a link between the past and the present. In this series I try to engage in a conversation with history creating psychological and philosophical portraits - and it is my way of celebrating life dealing with history, memory and imagination.
In my series, I am searching for traces of and investigating the Argentine History in search of some of my origins. I embarked on a journey leading me to Buenos Aires where I found some old photographs from the beginning of the 20th century in a flea market. I rephotographed and recreated the photographs by making interventions.
In this way my work is situated on the threshold between the past and the present, imagination and reality. I focus on the hidden and poetic history of a place and a person. I try to reveal the different layers of history, mythology and the present, to create a narrative image, a sort of visual archaeology, at times blending or colliding with imminent social and political realities.
I work with analogue photographs using a large amount of time in the darkroom developing the rephotographed photographs. I am creating a personal bond with them pretending that I have taken the photographs – that I have been making these portraits. Central to my work with memory and history are also the disappearance and reappearance of a past moment in the analogue process.
Afterwards, I reconstruct the images by making interventions adding flowers to the images thus underlining the connection between the past and the present. These are works that carry traces of my hand and of time passing. It is a process of transformation and a movement in time and memory.
About the artist:
Fie Tanderup is a photographer and artist living in Denmark. She was educated at L’École Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, in Paris; and The Jutland Academy of Fine Arts, in Denmark. Her work is constantly circling around photography.
“Photography is more than just an imprint light it is also a movement through space, in which the past and the present melt together luring the viewer with a promise of presence and transformation, an encounter with something else.” - the artist
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