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Nathalia Edenmont, Swedish, born Ukraine, born 1970. Eden, 2012. C-type print mounted to glass. 60 1/4 × 68 7/8 in. (153 × 175 cm)

Beauty and Pain: Photographs by Nathalia Edenmont

May 9, 2020 - August 16, 2020

Henry Gallery

Nathalia Edenmont explores the themes of fruitfulness and loss, as well as beauty and pain, through her large-scale photographs of women and nature. The Swedish-Ukrainian artist draws on her life experience, using the camera as a tool to create a unique vision of the world. Her photographs feature carefully staged elements focused on a solitary, usually female, figure against a solid color background. At first, the works appear simply to be beautifully orchestrated creations; however, upon further contemplation, these photographs reveal deeper meanings. 

In her Stockholm studio, Edenmont works with a team of eight to 12 people over ten to 12 hours to compose a single “shot.” Using a large-format Sinar camera with 8 x 10 film and many lenses, she has two camera assistants—both professional photographers—a hair stylist, and a dressmaker. It is Edenmont herself behind the camera, communicating, talking with the model, and waiting for the perfect instant to capture the model’s soul on film.

From the Exhibition

  • Nathalia Edenmont, Swedish, born Ukraine, born 1970. Mind's Eye, 2016. C-print mounted onto aluminum. 55 1/8 × 55 7/8 in. (140 × 142cm)

  • Nathalia Edenmont, Swedish, born Ukraine, born 1970. Juicy, 2016. C-print mounted on aluminum. 61 × 50 3/8 in. (155 × 128 cm)

  • Nathalia Edenmont, Swedish, born Ukraine, born 1970. Grief, 2012. C-printed mounted to glass. 59 1/16 × 69 5/16 in. (150 × 176 cm)

  • Nathalia Edenmont, Swedish, born Ukraine, born 1970. Just a Dream, 2016-2018. C-print mounted onto aluminum. 59 1/16 × 64 3/16 in. (150 × 163 cm)

  • Nathalia Edenmont, Swedish, born Ukraine, born 1970. Rise and Shine, 2018. C-print mounted  onto aluminum. 64 15/16 × 66 15/16 in. (165 × 170 cm). Courtesy of the artist.