Viewing Room #3 - Helene Schmitz
Thinking like a Mountain
We have had the pleasure of working closely with one of Sweden's most successful art photographers, Helene Schmitz, for some years now. A major concern in her practice is how the anthropocentric paradigm has shaped, ordered and exploited the natural world and its resources. Her most recent projects explore large-scale disturbances caused by humans on landscapes. Fotografiska New York recently announced that Schmitz will be one of the inaugural exhibitors when they open their doors in September 2019.
In numerous projects Helene explores the relationship between man and nature. Her works often portray states of imbalance, or out-of-control situations. Her most recent exhibition 'Thinking Like a Mountain' presented a series of works on the theme of exploiting natural resources in Sweden and Iceland. The photographs are often at once both beautiful and menacing. Thinking Like a Mountain can be seen as a meditation on man's relation to nature - a global, highly industrialized and automated transformation of landscapes.
Photograph by Joakim Rolandsson