Morten Andenæs

Tekst: Martine Hoff Jensen
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Morten AndenæsPhoto: Morten Andenæs, You Said I was, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Galleri Riis⁠

Morten Andenæs

–Why does photographic imagery hold such sway over us and what is it that makes us cling to it so desperately?

-Who are you?

Morten Andenæs⁠

-What do you do?⁠

Photographic works and texts that attempt to mirror how we go about making sense of our surroundings, and what part images and the way we use them play in that process. ⁠

-Why photography?⁠

Indeed. Why does photographic imagery hold such sway over us and what is it that makes us cling to it so desperately? I’ve often thought of photography as a kind of corrective lens, a distortion reflecting an already distorted reality back to us, enabling us to see it as if for the first time. I was always fascinated by versimilitude; seduced by how an appearance is perceived and felt to stand in for the thing itself. This gorge separating the referent from the thing makes it devastatingly clear that the world I experience and take for granted can be gone in the blink of an eye or a clot in the brain, and if nothing else, every photograph conveys some of that fragility. That’s an important reminder, isn’t it?⁠