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During the past two years I have been enrolled in and documented an outdoor school that experiments with collective life in nature through methods inspired by hunters and gatherers. Being in a state of trance is a way to enter inter-species communication in an aspiration to repair the split between modern society and the natural world. The practice acts as a reminder that humans were once part of an ecosystem and presents an experience of what that might have looked like. The view of whether we are still a part of nature or have been transformed into something else isolated and possibly irreversible is present.
Through elements of repetition, the two works; Signal Absence – Teaching Drum and Outer Spectral Image are both offsprings from a larger film work Second Nature but will consist in its entirety of films, animations, sound and photographic material.
Martina Hoogland Ivanow is an artist working mainly with photography but also with film. An interest in what is complex and contradictory runs like a common thread through her work in which the photographic process becomes an investigation into our often dualistic nature and how the self relates to the outside world.
She has published 4 books: Far too Close, 2010 (SteidlMack), Speedway, 2013 (Livraison books), Satellite + Circular wait + Second Nature, 2016 (Livraison books & Art and Theory publishing). Her most recent book Early Reading, 2018 (Art and Theory publishing) is part of a larger project that she has worked with for a couple of years. In its entirety, the project consists of non-linear documentation of social structures and their different approaches to trust and fear.
Hoogland Ivanow’s work is represented in the collections of Moderna Museet in Stockholm and The Public Arts Agency, Sweden.