Olaf Otto Becker

12th Jun 2018 - 6th Jul 2018

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13 June – 7 July 2018

The first UK solo exhibition of German photographer, Olaf Otto Becker will open at Huxley-Parlour Gallery in June 2018. The exhibition will include 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.

Olaf Otto Becker was born in Lübeck-Travemünde, Germany in 1959. His first publication Under the Nordic Light (2005) was nominated for the Recontres 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, and the United States.

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Works

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

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

Olaf Otto Becker

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

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

Olaf Otto Becker

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

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

Olaf Otto Becker

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

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

Olaf Otto Becker

Ilulissat 04, 07/2014

Ilulissat 04, 07/2014

Olaf Otto Becker

Ilulissat Icefjord 05, 07/2003

Ilulissat Icefjord 05, 07/2003

Olaf Otto Becker

Ilulissat 18, 07/2015

Ilulissat 18, 07/2015

Olaf Otto Becker

Ilulissat 03, 07/2014

Ilulissat 03, 07/2014

Olaf Otto Becker

Ilulissat 10, 07/2016

Ilulissat 10, 07/2016

Olaf Otto Becker

Ilulissat 11, 07/2016

Ilulissat 11, 07/2016

Olaf Otto Becker

Ilulissat 51, 07/2015

Ilulissat 51, 07/2015

Olaf Otto Becker

Ilulissat 06, 07/2014

Ilulissat 06, 07/2014

Olaf Otto Becker

Ikerasak, Qarajaqs Icefjord 2

Ikerasak, Qarajaqs Icefjord 2

Olaf Otto Becker

Umanak

Umanak

Olaf Otto Becker

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

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

Olaf Otto Becker

Ilulissat 13, Diptych, 07/2015

Ilulissat 13, Diptych, 07/2015

Olaf Otto Becker

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

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

Olaf Otto Becker

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

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

Olaf Otto Becker

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

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

Olaf Otto Becker

Russian Fishing Trawler, 2002

Russian Fishing Trawler, 2002

Olaf Otto Becker

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

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

Olaf Otto Becker

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

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

Olaf Otto Becker

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

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

Olaf Otto Becker

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