Practice and experience

Been working passionately and full time with photography, drawing and writing since 2001. Educated at Aarhus University and Glasgow School of Art (2006). Interested in the crossovers of digital media techniques, realworld scenes, hands on drawing and in general aesthetic expression in the light of contemporary culture.

 

Photography is always referring, always representing something that “has been”, to me I search for the moments of resonance or proximity, in the situation of capture. A presence, that I wish the ready work to echo. This way I seek to bring about the inherrent distance in all photography, and to crystallize its presence in the viewing of the finished work of art.

 

Contemporary culture is intwined with media and digital technologies, I am interested in artistic expression and “free spaces” within and with the use of these technologies, as how these can be means of recreating and reproviding strings of coherrence, awareness and resonance socially and with the world that surrounds us.

 

Central to my practice is a personal experience of my everyday life. Going about living, walking, wondering, dreaming, fearing and hoping, finding rest and being alive, all with an outset in my homebase in a flat in suburban Copenhagen, in Emdrup, from where I take the bus, to the nearby forest, to the nearby sea, and to the sidewalks, trainstations and streets of Copenhagen where I dwell. I compose tableaus and sequences of images, drawings and writing that all reflect and consider my present personal time and life, in order to express myself, in order to “Hold still, keep going”, in order to avoid falling to pieces, in order to balance, and to keep balancing, in order to appreciate and take in the beauty and wonder that surrounds me. My hope is that my work, these ongoing reflections and expressions, can resonate and touch upon some contemporary and maybe also more timeless, recognisable conditions being here, now.

 


 

Nikolaj Callesens tilgang til fotografiet er på én gang komplekst og så lige til, at det bevæger sig naturligt på fotografiets skrøbelige smalle kant.

Bogen ’Gensyn med sensommerens blodrøde, varme og vilde valmue’ af Nikolaj Callesen er et godt eksempel på det rå og det skrøbelige med kontrastfyldte sort/hvide fotografier sammensat med farvefotografier fra byens rum og naturens åbenbaringer.

Ordene i bogen sammenflettes med fortællinger i kameraets afbildninger: ”Bag mit lukkede vindue, er jeg i værelsets radiatorvarme åndenød. Suger febrilsk til mig af lyset, der når mig mellem hans sitrende spredte fingre imens de tegner klare fabelagtige skygger på asfalten bag ham”. Poetiske stemninger fra følelsernes afkroge.

Nikolaj Callesen besidder en sensitivitet i hans fotografiske arbejde, som er sjældent set og du som beskuer er inviteret ind i disse billedlige følelsesstrenge.

Henriette Lykke,

28. juli 2018.

 


 

Education:

Ba. Socialanthropology, Aarhus University, 2001

Ba. Hons. Fine Art Photography, Glasgow School of Art, 2006

Exhibitions:

Solo:

“Degreeshow” 2006, Glasgow

“I orkanens Øje” 2006, Bergen Kunsthall

“Efeu, Skvalderkål, Hjertensfryd og Månestråle”, Fountain House, Copenhagen 2017

“Og jeg glemmer at dagene er kortest i december” Fountain House, Copenhagen, January 2018

“Gensyn med sensommerens blodrøde, varme og vilde valmue”, Christianshavns Beboerhus, Copenhagen, August 2018

“Bearbejdede tegninger” Fountain House, Copenhagen, November 2018

“Bearbejdede tegninger”, Lundehuskirken, Copenhagen, March 2019

“Altered photographs”, Leica Boutique, Copenhagen, November 2019

“Ved Lyngbyvejens virkelige, vilde og klare åbne”, Kofoeds Skole, Copenhagen , February 2020

Group:

Artotekets forårsudstilling, 2016, Copenhagen

Like Traces of Blackbirds in daylight: Copenhagen Photofestival, 2017

“Winter” Blank wall Gallery, Athens Greece november 2017

“The Sacred” Selection of work by Robert Adams, Light Box Gallery, Oregon, august 2018

“Gruppeudstilling – abstrakt” – ´Galleri Øbro Jagtvej Bibliotek, April – juni 2019

“Portraiture” – Galleri Øbro jagtvej bibliotek, Juni-august 2019

 

Publications:

“I Orkanens Øje”, Bergen Kunsthall, 2006

“Gensyn med sensommerens blodrøde, varme og vilde valmue”,  July 2018

 

Medlemskaber:  

BKF

 

Støtte og bevillinger:

Danidas oplysningsbevilling: 2005

Statens kunstfond, rejselegat: 2007

Ophold på Klitgården, refugium, Skagen: 2007