David Risley Gallery is delighted to announce our first solo exhibition of works by Swedish photographer Jenny KÃ¤llman. These new large photographs push her work further into abstraction. Staged scenes using water, mirrors and flash to disrupt space and jar the narrative conformity. For the first time KÃ¤llman is using double exposure when making the image (e.g. Water Park, Light Shot Hole) shifting the spatial and temporal nature of the work. These are no longer 'moments' or 'places', they are events and spaces. The images become placeless and magical. KÃ¤llman's photographs her studio, night time streets, teenagers on their phones, bits of paper. These banalities are difficult to place in the works and the works are difficult to place back into the banality of the world in which they were taken.
In other single exposure works in the show similar magical shifts occur. The photographs in the second room disrupt identity. Mirrors and flash, which would ordinarily reveal identity and detail are used here to mask and deflect. What should be a self portrait in Signal Vision is a photograph of a teenage girl. The overly familiar self absorption of the teenage image maker is dislocated and the photographer disappears, leaving the viewer in her place. We become the mirror.