Sunday night, memory fragments from animal planet. Soothing to watch as the weekend comes to an end, and existential anxiety is at its peak. The comforting assurance of knowing that nature will always take its course. Of having no choice – but to accept, and let go.
Burial rituals involving scavengers, devout men coated in human ashes, consumption of the dead in distant climes: whereas once you had to rely on your imagination – today you may already have seen pictures somewhere in the ether.
The tendency to read meanings in photographs is by no means new. This was unexpectedly thrown into high relief during a recent travel to India. Along the Ganges, the biggest challenge was to keep exoticism and blatant clichés out of my pictures – as there can hardly be any country carrying a larger visual luggage. How to take photographs enabling the viewer along this river, without stereotypical interpretations instantly colouring my shots?
Through the Himalayan foothills, in the town of New Tehri, a possible answer happened upon me when passing an X-ray clinic.
Because what I really wanted to show, was out of sight.
LIST OF WORKS
Indian Interiors, 2014-2017
Giclée print on transparency, X-ray Films, Brenner FI-0212 X-ray Film illuminators, mixed media
Installation of variable dimensions
Terje Abusdal is the 2017 Leica Oskar Barnack Award winner.
His book Hope Blinds Reason will be published in 2018 by Swedish publisher Journal.
Abusdal is also the winner of the 2017 Nordic Dummy Award, annually awarded by Fotogalleriet, with the book Slash & Burn, to be published by Kehrer Verlag in 2018.