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The explosive power of the snapshot

Whit Kind Regrets
Forfatter: Maria Pasenau
Forlag: Eget forlag (Norge)
ABOUT THE PHOTO BOOK: An intense and ambiguous conversation in several layers about the photo book, which with its context premise elevates the snapshot.

Various photo books
Catherine Sieverding

Even with simple equipment, the snapshot can be used to explore body, gender, sexuality and identity. The many raw extravagant and very intimate pictures of photographer Maria Pasenau have something tacky and intriguing sensual about them. Where the motives themselves could quickly have resulted in a speculative and disgusting presentation, Pasenau instead finds something vulnerable, trembling and color-saturated poetically in the motifs.

Pasenau's recurring nude studies of himself and photographic extradition friendship project provide a powerful image of a transitional ritual: cascades of images from a disjointed and disputed skinless exploratory beginning adulthood hit a nerve. As she herself says: “The pictures are from a time that is not coming back. I photographed not to forget. ”

Pasenau and Sieverding

At a furious pace, moderator Zofia Cielatkowska draws the attendees at Kulturhuset through the photographs and process behind the recent exhibition Pasenau and the Devil and Pasenau's public-funded photo book Whit Kind Regrets - yes, the spelling and citation is the dyslexic artist's own choice, it originated from a real email Pasenau sent.

Young age spirit

With its massive production – 350 of a total of 3000 documentation photos took place in the book – Pasenau demands to be heard and not least seen. She is among the youngest purchased at the National Museum with 12 photographic works in April this year.

Her ability to untouched a young spirit gives clear associations to the photographer Nan Golding or the filmmaker Larry Clark, who many like to compare her with: Close-ups of faces where the pimples, blood or other from the imperfect body is not something that is hidden away or . . .



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Ellen Lande
Lande is a film writer and director and a regular writer for Ny Tid.

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