The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb


Nanna Debois Buhl: I Imagined That Things Were Speaking

Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, October 26 – November 13 2016

Nanna Debois Buhl investigates the layers of stories and histories inscribed in landscapes and urban spaces. Her works are “close readings” of how artefacts and ideologies are interrelated, how they travel through, and change over time. Her solo exhibition I Imagined That Things Were Speaking consists of older and new photographic and video works that examine various cityscapes through objects, plants, animals, and architectural components.

The exhibited works share a conceptual and experimental approach to the photographic medium. The exhibition thus contains cyanotypes (camera-less photographs) of New York garbage, a short film examining the changing phenomenon of stray dogs in Bucharest, large cyanotype flags depicting the building materials of Bucharest architecture, lumen prints from now defunct Zagreb public baths, and a video installation about the façades of a modernist housing complex in the vicinity of the MSU. Through these photographic examinations, the artist studies the interrelations between material life, political decisions, and changing urban structures.

Material for several of the works in the exhibition was gathered during Nanna Debois Buhl’s residency at the MSU in 2015.

About the artist:

Nanna Debois Buhl is a visual artist based in Copenhagen. She participated in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, New York and received her M.F.A. from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Her installations and films have been exhibited widely, recently at Pérez Art Museum, FL; SculptureCenter, NY; Art in General, NY; The Studio Museum, Harlem, NY; El Museo del Barrio, NY; Bucharest Biennale 7, 2016, Romania; Lunds Konsthall, Sweden; Kunsthal Charlottenborg; Museum for Contemporary Art, Roskilde; and Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Denmark, the Museum for Contemporary Art, Vejle Kunstmuseum, and the National Museum of Photography, Denmark. She has created several large-scale public works commissioned by Percent for Art, New York and the Danish Arts Council.

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