Book launch: Siggie

22-05-2021 - 22-05-2021
Book launch: Siggie
Lisbet Nielsen
On 22 May 2021, Galleri Image hosted the first book launch of Lisbet Nielsen's Siggie, published by Disko Bay. The polaroid images featured in Siggie, are from when the artist lived in Aarhus with her daughter. Lisbet Nielsen’s works have been exhibited in Galleri Image on several occasions, and she was welcomed back in the gallery for the official launch of her first photobook. 

Siggie is a story of transformation, beauty and complexity. The fluid and quiet come together in a narrative about time, life and dreams told through 48 Polaroid images. The pictures are captured over a span of seven years during the 1990’s when Lisbet Nielsen lived in three different apartments with her daughter Siggie. All three apartments were in Aarhus, on Studsgade, Langelandsgade and Møllegade.

We see images of interior; lamps, pillows and furniture, and different sceneries, a ray of light over a table, a door that opens into a kitchen with a stove and white wooden chair, a snowy view with rooftops covered by a violet veil all intertwined and bound together by the intimate portraits of Siggie, from the age of 12 until she becomes pregnant at the age of 18.

The images capture a poetic and timeless universe that springs from the visual narrative of a young girl's transition from child to adult – in close dialogue with the physical spaces in which this metamorphosis takes place, and in harmony with the change of seasons from outside the kitchen window.

The Polaroids have been lying in the drawer for many years, and it's with a new, reflected and liberating gaze that Nielsen now has been able to select and compile the images so that the private gets retold and transformed into a generally human and open aesthetic expression.

Lisbet Nielsen (born in 1957) is a Danish Fine Art Photographer who lives and works in Copenhagen. Nielsen holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art Photography from Glasgow School of Art, Scotland and has exhibited in Denmark, Poland, Scotland, China, Finland and Germany. Siggie is her first book.

Disko Bay is an independent photobook publisher based in Copenhagen, Denmark. We focus on talented photographers and Fine Art photography and are dedicated to exploring the possibilities of photography on paper. Disko Bay works closely together with photographers, designers and print makers to curate and craft unique books in very limited print runs. Our aim is to promote Danish photographers on the international scene of photography and in the world of photobooks. Disko Bay is the first publisher in Denmark to focus exclusively on this art genre.