Utstilling: Daniel Vincent Hansen - A Perfect Flower

The project “A Perfect Flower” offers an insight into a fictional world far in the future where we humans have all disappeared. The project consists of a series of photographs, a sound piece, and a book that visitors can take home with them. The book contains all of the photographs in the series, together with a story.

The works tell a speculative story that takes place sometime in the future, where we humans have all disappeared. The story will instead be told from the perspective of a forest that has grown to cover the entire planet. The interconnected plants of the forest have started to reflect on their situation, and have even put together their own history that looks back at the many challenges they once faced, and ahead to seek out new ways to grow.

I’ve been using infrared cameras to capture all the images, and since plants and flowers reflect nearly all infrared light, they look almost completely white. I’ve chosen this technology because it’s so strange, looking through those cameras is like seeing into another world, one that’s very similar to ours but not quite the same. Perhaps these images can tell us a new story about the life of plants, where one of the main things making us pay attention is removed, giving them a room of stillness and calm in their own right.

Daniel Vincent Hansen (b. 1991, Gothenburg) lives and works in Trondheim. He finished his masters in fine art at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2017, and has since shown his works at Babel Visningsrom and Fotogalleriet in Norway, Artothek & Bildersaal in Germany, and The Riga Photography Biennial, among others. In his work he plays with novel technology to tell stories. The resulting artworks blend allegories with facts, in anachronistic texts and manipulated images, with the intention to unsettle the viewer's gaze. With a focus on places too immense for any stories to contain them, he wishes to open up for new ways of understanding these spaces and the vibrant things inhabiting them.

This exhibition was made possible with support from Norsk Fotografisk Fond, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, Kulturdirektoratet, Trondheim Kommune, Partille Kommun, and Kunstsentrene i Norge.