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Martina Hoogland Ivanow explores our ambiguous relationship to distance with a photographic series that interweaves remoteness and closeness. A refined work on atmospheres, colours, shadows and lights that instills a touching dimension to the portraits and landscapes exhibited at The Gallery at Hermès.
Traveling is to loose sight of the familiar. But sometimes the familiar - back at home - is too close to see. Martina Hoogland Ivanow explores this dichotomy by combining remote landskapes with portraits of her family and domestic interiors in Stockholm. She presents this series, Far to Close, for the first time in the United States at The Gallery at Hermès. Over the course of seven years, Ivanow traveled to and photographed what seem to be edges of the world, from Siberia to Sakhalin Island to Tierra Del Fuego. With Far to Close, Martina Hoogland Ivanow explains that the series is "a play with the idea of closeness and distance in a geographical, emotional and symbolic manner."
The images of far flung locations and those of her own community share the same singular clarity, a dark aesthetic that mesmerizes the viewer and invites us to take a moment to really look at them. Her talent for shadows and brightness reveals the expressive tonality of the fixed moment; it also builds a sensitive and poetic look. Cory Jacobs, curator of the exhibition, explains that "sometimes things are too close to see, but Ivanow's pictures remind us to keep looking."
Born in Stockholm in 1973, Martina Hoogland Ivanow studied photography at the Parsons School of Design in Paris and New York. Her work has been exhibited extensively in Europe, but has not been shown in New York for ten years. This exhibition at the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès gives New Yorkers the possibility to discover this recent series that is also available as a book published by Steidl.
Curator: Cory Jacobs