My work evolves from an interest and fascination in the idea of photography as a language and as a device. An apparatus, that has shifted from a groundbreaking technical invention of the early industrial revolution, to its ever-presence in today’s visual culture. A photograph is a highly modifiable material but one must still believe in its referent. My aim is to analyse how economical, social and cultural agendas, as well as everyday practices, inflict upon the making and the receiving of an image.
I make installations during my research process and they are often used to explore the relationships between intention and reception. My work then becomes very much about the specificity of photography as a medium and its uncertainty as a representational device. The intention is to question its status within the visual field in the relation to art, media, commercial photography and its social uses.
Johan, March 2011