I tried something different for a group show last Thursday. The show “Homeless Gallery” is an ongoing event arranged by Copenhagen Format (a group of photographers that, I think, don’t really organise themselves around a fixed office or anything – but they still seem to be a group of some sort). You’re invited to ram your stuff up on the walls and the event is hosted in different locations. For the opening, you bring your own bottle of wine for everyone to share. I like this concept a lot.
Since I’m a super shitty photographer (unless we’re talking films), I focused on the framing instead. I decided to do a regular cardboard box and put the photo inside with only a small hole in the top. The idea was to make it look as much as a worn cardboard box as possible, no fancy decorations, just letting it be what it was. I found old postal delivery stickers on other boxes, peeled them off and put them over the company name on the sides of the box.
Then I prepared the box by soaking it in water, letting it dry and sandpapered it to make it look properly worn. I then installed a small hidden flashlight in a corner of the box and let it shine down on the photo.
The photo itself is a still from my 16mm film The Spirit of Other People and shows Jola, the actress, looking at a hand reaching out for her. I still play around with the magnetic and divine spirit of meetings. Having people bend over (!) to sneak a peak on this humble act, hidden in a dark box, was an interesting take on that topic.
Fellow Space member Pete Lamberto was there too with a photo, that I think outshines most of the other works. Look out for him, he has a fragile and tactile approach to the deepness of his photographs, which is exactly what I saw in the photo he had brought for this exhibition.