Klara Sofie Ludvigsen presents a photographic work called “Å blåsa kvitt” in the foyer. In this body of work, she explores the improvisational potential of photography and how form can claim more space in the photographic language.
The exhibition contains eight small and two large works, all presenting different techniques and methods used in the process. The material is among others pictures of hot springs in Japan and aerial shots of the Folgefonna glacier in Norway. Ludvigsen embraces an unrefined and rough aesthetic. She believes that by confusing the eye, the viewer is forced to consider what he/she is actually looking at and encouraged to contemplate form. Klara Sofie Ludvigsen works with large format photography. By combining negative black and white film with positive colour film she achieves a characteristic expression. She paints on sheets of blank film that are layered with the photographic negatives during exposure, creating a painted structure in the photographic paper. This technique is sometimes repeated in physical form, putting a painted layer on top of the print.
“Å blåsa kvitt” is a Norwegian expression for measuring the strength of wind by observing white tops on waves.
Klara Sofie Ludvigsen (b.1983) graduated with a BA (Hons) from the Kent Institute of Art and Design in England in 2006, with exchange studies at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona. She works with analogue processes, such as large format and darkroom. She is interested in the physical aspect of both working with and experiencing the photographic medium. Klara Sofie Ludvigsen lives and works in Bergen where she is a member of the studio collective BLOKK and co-founder of the darkroom collective Mørkerommet.