Practice and experience

What interests me in my visual art is being. Presence. I am inspired by the German social philosopher Hartmut Rosa, who uses a contemporary concept of the ancient subject, namely: resonance. From the concepts of music one speaks of a special mood. When you “swing” with your surroundings. I am concerned with taking in the world, being overwhelmed, in the woods, in the city, along the beach up against the clouds in the sky. Here the world is felt, the world that allows us to breathe deeper. I like to go “all in”. And the question arises when I am overthrown, when I find the balance, the intense presence, with another human being, in conversation, or alone, in the walk, in nature, or in the city? In moments, there is balance. But that is where the gold is, and what I am interested in conveying artistically. This presence. Whether it is possible, in that way, two dimensionally, is a completely new question , for further immersion. One must be touched by art. When you cannot physically touch the image, it must still be felt. I believe that a picture can do this. And that is what I aim at.

Nikolaj Callesen May 8, 2021


“…Because your image does not just say “Look at a beautiful landscape” or “Look at a majestic field” but something else either impossible to quantify or have the language to express. But somehow we must try. Storytelling is important. But it is also important to say to the viewer: “Stop speaking and only feel.” And you can say that through a poetical language full of enigma. All in the service of “the secret cord.” The thing that taps into the limitless, sublime unknowable….”

Lens Culture Submission Review, June 2021.


“..This is how your photography works, viscerally, not logically. So there is no reason for me to understand what I see in order to step into your world, but to feel. And I do feel. In addition, I feel that the pictures are the result of long hours of observation and experimentation with the means. If this is not art then what is art?..”

Lens Culture Submission Review, november 2021


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

Fotografisk skole, Aarhus, 2001-2003

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

Representation:

http://www.galleri.rocks – Copenhagen.

http://www.gallerysapereaude.com – Copenhagen

http://www.yellowkorner.com – France

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

“Afskygninger – fotografiske variationer” – Fountain House København, august 2020

“Afskygninger – fotografiske variationer” – Lundehuskirken København, november 2020

“I mellemtiden” – Christianshavns beboerhus, June 2021

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

“Black and white forest” – Il Buco, Copenhagen, september 2020

Publications:

“I Orkanens Øje”, Bergen Kunsthall, 2006

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

“In through deep green leaves” – March 2020

“Katalog” – Magazine for Danish/Nordic contemporary photography. June 2020.

“Afskygninger” – August 2020

“Ydre Østerbro” – January 2021

Støtte og bevillinger:

Danidas oplysningsbevilling: 2005

Statens kunstfond, rejselegat: 2007

Ophold på Klitgården, refugium, Skagen: 2007

Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond, November 2019

Billedhuggeren, professor Gottfred Eickhoff og hustrus, maleren Gerda Eickhoffs Fond, November 2019

Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond, November 2019

Københavns Kommunes råd for visuel kunst, December 2019

Konsul Georg Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorcks Fond, December 2019