Shooting in sparsely-populated areas of Norway, Ole Marius Joergensen (b. 1976) creates narratives around the themes of identity, using empty topographies as spectres of unidentifiable emotions. The Asker-based artist finds inspiration in the inner and outer landscapes of country dwellers. A background in film is evident, especially within the Behind the Curtains series – building upon the insatiable and basic human tendency to look. Referencing the works of David Lynch, the photographs offer shadowy settings for voyeuristic viewers. Meanwhile, Vignettes of a Salesman examines tradition. Harking back to an age where products were bought and sold by an individual rather than ordered online, Joergensen translates the recognisable figure into a relic. The images accentuate how the act of approaching people’s homes has become mythological; the salesman’s face is hidden from the viewer in a choreography of disconnect. www.olemariusphotography.com.
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