SILJE LOVISE GJERTSEN

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Silje Lovise Gjertsen (b. 1987) is a Norwegian photographer based in London. She recently graduated from MA Photography at the Royal College of Art, where she has spent the last two years developing experimental techniques in the darkroom which links directly to the subject matter of her practice and its notions of temporality and deterioration.

Gjertsen was recently awarded the Metro Imaging Award for the second time, the Worshipful Company of Painters and Stainers Award and the European Photography Prize.

Shrouded by Stone and The Mind is a Portal comes from the body of work A black hole in the ocean., which references an outer space, a space we cannot see or touch — delving into a sense of falling; falling into yourself, into sleep, dreaming, depression, imagination or into loss. Gjertsen rotates the land into an internal space — which lingers in-between time — by photographing fractions of enclosed landscapes without a horizon; capturing an emotion rather than a place. She looks for metaphorical elements in the details of the land to function as passages into different realities, to let them act as a portal into an emotive space — our inner space.

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