Sarah Michelle Riisager
A Space For Photography
21 Rue des Arénes, Arles
03. – 09.07.2017
Frozen is an exhibition and publication by Sarah Michelle Riisager, which is presented at the gallery ‘A Space For Photography’ during the opening week of Voies Off and Rencontres d’Arles
About the project Frozen
In January 2017, during the coldest time of the year, I travelled to Yakutia, Siberia. For the first month I lived in the city of Yakutsk, before leaving on a 7.000 km road trip and traveling from village to village through Yakutia’s harsh and frozen nature towards Magadan Oblast in eastern Russia. Yakutia is a land of contrasts as the weather fluctuated between freezing and minus 60 degrees, the Yakutians I visited in their homes were warm and hospitable – showing me an openness and love I have rarely experienced before. I fell in love with the harsh nature, the cold and frozen landscape and above all, the people. I was fascinated by the way these young people grow up in villages with only 300 inhabitants and where the winter lasts for 9 months. In these closely knit communities, people come together as they withdraw from the outside world en masse and form a unique communal bond, at the core of intimacy.
Frozen is a visual poem from my travel in Yakutia, which also serves as a survey of this remote place that few of us are familiar with and many have not seen. My photography has always been both curious and sensitive. This curiosity is something I have chosen to explore, interpret, and share with the viewer.
I want to be intimate with the people I meet, to really feel and discover them. I want to fall in love standing right on the edge, embracing the uncertain. In my work I have always focused on being personal, intuitive, and humble. I focus on the relationship between people and being present – present in a world I find difficult to understand but also a world I want to understand.
Frozen is an insight into my universe, a universe built on wonder, loneliness, love, and fascination. With this project I want to openly invite the viewer to partake in this journey and to share my universe so that they can create their own story within mine.
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