Dissolved Darkness by Veronika Geiger

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Dissolved Darkness by Veronika Geiger

From January 18, 2022 13:00 to March 06, 2022 17:00


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Dissolved Darkness by Veronika Geiger

In the exhibition Dissolved Darkness Veronika Geiger explores the human connection to the Earth through photography and video.  

Nature is often viewed as something that has been conquered by humans. But nature has its own life far removed from humanity’s fleeting existence. It is this nature, and this life, that Veronika Geiger explores in Dissolved Darkness. In the remote Icelandic landscape, Geiger has explored two natural phenomena: an underground frozen lava cave at Snæfellsnes and the erupting volcano Fagradalsfjall. Inspired by geology and its exploration of Earth’s deep time, she has created photographic experiments and video works that raise questions about the human connection to caves and volcanos.  

In Geiger’s works, we meet two geologically connected natural phenomena; the volcano as the cave from which we originated but which we now only rarely encounter. Geiger’s photographic experiments are created without a camera, using the lava cave as a dark room, and were developed in a fusion of photographic techniques and geological field work. The video work on the other hand, explore the juxtaposition of the volcano with its liquid landscape-forming magma, the careful field work, and the form, sound and life of the frozen cave. The works bring us closer to the forces of nature, their time, and their relationship to that time. They create threads to the current climate struggle and the question of what the human relationship to nature really is.   

The exhibition will be accompanied by a seminar on Saturday 29. January at 2 pm, in which the themes of the exhibition will be explored from a variety of angles. The presenters will be Maja Bar Rasmussen, Ph.D. in geology, and Jacob Wamberg, art historian and professor at Aarhus University, as well as Veronika Geiger herself. More information to follow. 

About the Artist
Veronika Geiger is a Danish/Swiss visual artist based in Denmark. She has studied at the Glasgow School of Art and the Iceland Academy of the Arts. In her work, she gathers inspiration from geological field research, but rather than time stamping and categorising, her works communicate about time and life in an open visual language. She has participated in several expeditions with geologists, especially in Iceland, but also in Sicily, and draws from her experience with living near the landscapes in uninhabited and remote locations around the globe. Her work has been exhibited in Denmark, UK, Iceland, Switzerland, USA, China, Mexico, Russia and France. Read more on the artist’s website: www.veronikageiger.com 

The exhibition is supported by The Danish Art Foundation, the city of Aarhus (Kulturudviklingspuljen), the Beckett Foundation, Grosserer L. F. Foghts Foundation, the Augustinus Foundation, DJ:Fotograferne and Louis-Hansen Foundation.

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