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13.6 – 7.7 2018

Olaf Otto Becker:Broken Line

Olaf Otto Becker:Broken Line

13.06 – 07.07.2018

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10:00 am – 5:30 pm

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3-5 Swallow Street
W1B 4DE
London

The first UK solo exhibition of German photographer, Olaf Otto Becker was held at Huxley-Parlour Gallery in June 2018. The exhibition included over 20 large-scale colour works taken from his series Broken Line (2003-2006) and Ilulissat (2003-2017).

Olaf Otto Becker has spent fourteen summers travelling across the western coast of Greenland. His project Broken Line, documents the effects of global warming on the coastal landscape and the glaciers that form there. The project took him on a 4000km journey along the west coast of Greenland alone in a rubber zodiac raft, documenting the landscape with a large format camera. In this series, Becker explored the relationship between the fragile arctic landscapes and the people who live and work there. The series took him to the settlements of Oquaatsut, Ikerasak, Tasiussaq and Nuussauq, where he photographed small, isolated wooden houses with brightly painted facades nestled in amongst the forbidding and ever-changing landscapes.

Becker’s recent series Ilulissat continues to confront environmental issues, as he photographed the monumental icebergs that border the coastal settlement of Ilulissat. The town is one of the oldest settlements in western Greenland, situated 250 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. The town is situated on one of the largest and most active ice fjords in the world, and is surrounded by the imposing icebergs that form in Disko Bay. The photographs meditate on the colour, light and scale of the dramatic Arctic landscape.

In both series, Becker poignantly photographs a landscape in flux. Becker compares the icebergs he photographs to ‘sculptures of change’ as they, for him, are reminders of the continuing process of climate change. Over the relatively short period of time the artist has been spending time in proximity to the Arctic Circle, he has been witness to undeniable signs of global warming.

The Works

22

1

Olaf Otto Becker

Russian Fishing Trawler

2002

Archival pigment print

2

Olaf Otto Becker

827 Nuussuaq, 07/2006 74° 06’45” N, 57° 03’32” W

2006

Archival pigment print

3

Olaf Otto Becker

Qimmeq, Nuussauq, 07/2006 74°06’36” N, 57°03′ 32″ W

Archival pigment print

4

Olaf Otto Becker

579 Oquaatsut, 07/2003 69° 20’23” N, 51° 00’15” W

2003

Archival pigment print

5

Olaf Otto Becker

794 S” Atut, 07/2005 70° 48’42” N, 51° 37’42” W

2005

Archival pigment print

6

Olaf Otto Becker

Tasiussaq 3, 07/2006 73°22’09” N, 56° 04’56” W

2006

Archival pigment print

7

Olaf Otto Becker

804 Tasiussaq, 07/2006 73° 22’09” N, 56° 04’56” W

2006

Archival pigment print

8

Olaf Otto Becker

705 Nuussuaq, 07/2006 74° 06’45” N, 57° 03’32” W

2006

Archival pigment print

9

Olaf Otto Becker

Ilulissat 04

2014

Archival pigment print

10

Olaf Otto Becker

Umanak

Archival pigment print

11

Olaf Otto Becker

Iceberg Rodebay 2, 07/2003, 69° 22’16” N, 50° 54’08” W

2003

Archival pigment print

12

Olaf Otto Becker

Ilulissat Icefjord 05

2003

Archival pigment print

13

Olaf Otto Becker

Ilulissat 18

2015

Archival pigment print

14

Olaf Otto Becker

Ilulissat 03

2014

Archival pigment print

15

Olaf Otto Becker

Ilulissat Icefjord 6, 07/2003 69° 11’58” N, 51° 07’08” W

2003

Archival pigment print

16

Olaf Otto Becker

Ilulissat 51

2015

Archival pigment print

17

Olaf Otto Becker

Ilulissat 10

2016

Archival pigment print

18

Olaf Otto Becker

Ilulissat 11

2016

Archival pigment print

19

Olaf Otto Becker

Ilulissat 06

2014

Archival pigment print

20

Olaf Otto Becker

Oquaatsut 5, 07/2003 69° 19’57” N, 51° 00’23” W

2003

Archival pigment print

21

Olaf Otto Becker

Ikerasak, Qarajaqs Icefjord 2

Archival pigment print

22

Olaf Otto Becker

Ikerasak, Qarajaqs Icefjord 1, 07/2005 70° 29’46” N, 51° 18’14” W

2005

Archival pigment print

Olaf Otto Becker

B. Germany 1959

B. Germany 1959

Biography

Olaf Otto Becker’s first project, Under the Nordic Light (2005) documented the dramatic landscape of Iceland. His subsequent project Broken Line (2003-2006), explored the effects of global warming on the coastal landscape of Greenland and the glaciers that form there. The artist claims, ‘I was interested in a wild, unspoiled landscape. I was interested in a place where the landscape developed on its own.’ In this series, Becker surveys the relationship between the fragile arctic landscapes and the people who live and work there, presenting the immense architectural-like summits of the western coast of Greenland. Similarly, his following project, Reading the Landscape continues his exploration of environmental concerns focused on ravaged rainforests and the effects of deforestation, this time over a range of Asiatic geographies – Malaysia, Borneo and Singapore.

Olaf Otto Becker was born in Lübeck-Travemünde, Germany in 1959. Becker is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine. His first publication Under the Nordic Light (2005) was nominated for the Rencontres D’Arles Book award. He has been nominated twice for the Prix Pictet award in both 2008 and 2012. His work has been exhibited internationally in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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