Guided Tour of The Fictional City
18:00 – 19:00
Artist Talk with Sebastian Makonnen Kjølaas.
The Fictional City is a project that explores the contradictions of a city. It aims to investigate the utopian idea of a city, versus the living, breathing metropolis inhabited by human beings that expect their needs to be met. The exhibition is an invitation to reflect on questions such as; what is an ideal city? What is civilization? For whom is the city?
Calderon grew up in a small city in Colombia, but moved to the capital Bogotá at the age of 17. That’s when her fascination for big cities started. She has been traveling to and photographing cities like Hong-Kong, Tokyo, Berlin, Roma, and Oslo. This archive of images and sounds will be giving life to the Fictional City through sculptures, photographs, and film.
Calderon has documented these contemporary metropolises with analogue cameras and a black & white, 8 mm film. This creates a disruption between the actual world and its modernity being depicted by old technologies giving an aesthetics that doesn’t correspond with its time. Hence, questions of perception, representation, and photography’s relationship with veracity arise.
Yamile Calderón is an artist born in Colombia, based in Oslo. She studied photography at Bergen National Academy of Arts.
In 2021 she was awarded The Art Photography Prize by The Norwegian Association for Fine Art Photographers together with Edward Cunniffe, for their work Accidentally I got a GoPro. Calderón has participated in various collective exhibitions and has presented her work internationally in Pingyao, Hong Kong, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Kiel and New York. In Oslo her work has been presented at Oslo Kunstforerning, Kunstnernes Hus, Noplace, Fotogalleriet, and Galleri Brandstrup.
Calderon’s work is inspired by memories from her childhood. She explores how a person experiences a specific event, and how this experience and recollection speaks of their immediate and broader social and cultural context. By approaching the documentary genre from a subjective perspective, she explores visual and narrative strategies seeking different interpretations of reality.
Foto: Adrian Bugge