Project by Minna Kantonen, Dafna Talmor and Emma Wieslander exploring representations of landscape
When talking about landscape a set of preconceived ideas, traditions and conventions come into play. How does one position oneself in relation to loaded notions of landscape traditions? Is it possible to subvert and challenge traditional representations and tropes of landscape? Is it truly possible to visualize or record the experience of a landscape onto a flat surface? Is the inclusion of nature in urban environments an attempt to recreate a utopian idea of rural landscape?
On Landscape Project is interested in raising these questions and seeks to instigate discussions and debate on representations of landscape.
The first exhibition by On Landscape Project took place throughout March 2014 at Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects, London, generously funded by the Arts Council of England. The show included work by Minna Kantonen, Emma Wieslander, Dafna Talmor, invited artist Minna Pöllänen and selected book artists.
The second exhibition by On Landscape Project took place at Matèria Gallery, Rome, 17 April - 16 May 2015. The show included work by Minna Kantonen, Emma Wieslander, Dafna Talmor, invited artist Marco Strappato and selected book artists.
Minna Kantonen is a Finnish artist based in London. Exhibitions include Urban Vistas: Illusions of Nature at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea, London (2014), On Landscape # 1 at Guest Projects, London (2014), Photobook Show at Brighton Photo Biennial (2012) and The Jolly (Good) Show, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London (2010). Her work was selected by the Government Art Collection and exhibited at the offices of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (2003) and has been featured in publications including Source, Photomonitor, Architects Journal and Photographie (DE). Kantonen is the recipient of Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Award (2014), Arts Council of South West Finland Grant (2005) for production and publication of A Small Book of Trees (2007) and the Research Residency Award, Art Gene, Barrow-in-Furness (2005). Kantonen is a Principal Lecturer in Photography at the University of East London.
Dafna Talmor is an artist based in London. Her work is included in private and public collections such as Deutsche Bank and Hiscox and featured in publications that include ArtReview, Camera Austria, Hotshoe, Elephant, IMA and Laurence King Publishing’s recently released Post-Photography: The Artist with a Camera by Robert Shore. Talmor is the recipient of the Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Award (2013 & 2014), Photofusion Select Bursary Award (2013), selected as a series finalist for the Renaissance Photography Prize in 2013, IV Daniela Chappard Biennale Photography Award (2007) and was nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Artist Award (2005). Talmor is an Associate Lecturer on the BA Fine Art at Southampton Solent University and the Fine Art Extension course at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Emma Wieslander is a Swedish artist based in the UK and Sweden. Exhibitions include Mijn Vlakke Land, FoMu Antwerp (2015), On Landscape # 1, Guest Projects, London (2014), Distracted and Bewildered, Galleri Pictura, Sweden (2013), Kaunas Photo Festival, Lithuania (2012), GSK Contemporary; Art of a Changing World at the Royal Academy of Art, London (2010), Women in Art Photography, Taschen Gallery, London (2010), and deep-north – transmediale 09, Berlin (2009). Her work is included in the collection of Yinka Shonibare and has been published in BON Magazine, Photomonitor, deep north-transmediale 09 and The Collectors Guide to Emerging Art Photography. Recent awards include the Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Award, SWEA London Culture Grant (2014) and Culturefund for Sweden and Finland (2015/13).