Exhibition "WE BUILT A HOUSE", Søren Lose and Julie Boserup, at The National Library in Copenhagen, Denmark
Can one build a photograph? In a new photo exhibition the visual artists Søren Lose and Julie Boserup make a number of attempts. Using extensive collages and installations they build up three-dimensional versions of historical photos of architecture. For two years, Julie Boserup and Søren Lose have researched in The Royal Library's archive of over 17 million historical photographs. From their hiding-place they have extracted photographs of grandiose church architecture and functionalist landmarks, and in the hands of the two visual artists the hidden treasures of the archive gain a new lease of life.
Søren Lose has chosen photographs of monumental buildings as well as of scaffoldings and other provisional constructions. His works are a series of attempts to almost literally build a new, three-dimensional photograph based on the original one. A postcard from 1914 of the huge Mormon temple in Utah, the architecture of which is almost as banal as Disneyland, is transformed into an abstract model of material. Photographs of Cologne cathedral are mounted in layers, so that details in the Gothis ornamentation are brought out, and the overwhelming scale and sacral nature of the building is underlined.
Both artists explore in the exhibition the inherent paradox of a flat photograph having to represent a three-dimensional space. They do this by allowing the original photographs to undergo a transformation and be exposed to an enlargement so that they unfold in the exhibition room with a strong spatial effect. The works are to be experienced with both the eyes and the rest of the body.
Julie Boserup (b. 1976) qualified from the Chelsea College of Art in 2002. She works in the overlap between photography, drawing, decoration and collage.
Søren Lose (b. 1972) qualified from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2003. His work concentrates on photography, sculpture and Installation.