Amsterdam: Hazenstraat 15H – Until 28 January 2023
“When we for a moment silence our minds and let go of understanding there is a knowing beyond, without thinking, without judging, accusation or fear. We then see beauty for beauty itself without a need for analysis or mastery. Then we know who we really are. Meanwhile, we are just passing through.” Martin Bogren
We are happy to present the first solo presentation in the Netherlands with works by the internationally respected Swedish artist Martin Bogren.
His images refer to the ephemeral nature of the moment and the constant passing through it. The author Taco Hidde Bakker wrote about the artist: “The only response doing justice to Martin Bogren’s photographic works must be poetic, cinematic and musical, for these are the qualities that immediately spring to mind when seeing Bogren’s haunting, dream-like images. The photography critic Sean O’Hagan called Bogren ‘a master of the everyday sublime,’ and it is the sublime that I would like to emphasize. The mundane in Bogren’s photographs is permeated with the enigma of life, encounter and observation.”
The exhibition presents a selection of “August Song” and “Metropolia”. While “August Song” shows photos from his homeland Sweden, for “Metropolia” Bogren took pictures in New York in 100 days between 2016 and 2019, for which he also used color photography. Despite depictions of dancing couples, there is a feeling of a kind of loneliness in his sometimes seemingly blurry snapshots.