Niklas Hlawatsch works with wet plate photography, using traditional techniques to comment on contemporary ecological issues. Aluminum and Ash is a collaboration between the artist, Simon Hlawatsch and Birgir Sigurðsson. The pair harness the languages of art and literature to examine the environmental debate in the country, as well as the climate emergency. Large-scale aluminium ambrotypes – a photographic process introduced in the 1850s – portray electric dams, pipe networks and pylons. The collection offers insight into the infrastructure of energy consumption, investigating the relationship between industry and nature.
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Image: Niklas Hlawatsch, Krafla II, (2022). Collodionand silver on aluminium. 24cm x 18cm.