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Nanna Debois Buhl
updated: 05/25/2009
website: www.nannadeboisbuhl.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
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A Few Things I Heard About Holmen (detail)
A Few Things I Heard About Holmen (installation view)
A Few Things I Heard About Holmen (detail)
Incredible Creature (installation view)
Eyewitness Accounts (detail)
Eyewitness Accounts (installation view)
Happy Birthday
Notes – Tivoli (installation view)
Notes – Tivoli (detail)
Carmencita
Carmencita
Invasive Species
Sounds From Next Door (detail)
Sounds From Next Door (installation view)
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  architecture, conceptual, documentary, feminist, site-specific, historical, narrative, memory, mapping, language
 
 
A Few Things I Heard About Holmen (detail) by Nanna Debois Buhl
A Few Things I Heard About Holmen (detail)
Installation. Slide show with 81 drawings
2005
Dimensions variable
A Few Things I Heard About Holmen (installation view) by Nanna Debois Buhl
A Few Things I Heard About Holmen (installation view)
Installation. Slide show with 81 drawings
2005
Dimensions variable
A Few Things I Heard About Holmen (detail) by Nanna Debois Buhl
A Few Things I Heard About Holmen (detail)
Installation. Slide show with 81 drawings
2005
Dimensions variable
Incredible Creature (installation view) by Nanna Debois Buhl
Incredible Creature (installation view)
Wallpaper installation with projected text
2009
19 " x  58 " 
Eyewitness Accounts (detail) by Nanna Debois Buhl
Eyewitness Accounts (detail)
Installation consisting of photographs, gouache paintings, and text written as captions directly on the wall
2008
Dimensions variable
Eyewitness Accounts (installation view) by Nanna Debois Buhl
Eyewitness Accounts (installation view)
Installation consisting of photographs, gouache paintings, and text written as captions directly on the wall
2008
Dimensions variable
Happy Birthday by Nanna Debois Buhl
Happy Birthday
Ink on semitransparent drawing foil
2007
36" x  25" 
Notes – Tivoli (installation view) by Nanna Debois Buhl
Notes – Tivoli (installation view)
Site-specific installation. Ink drawings and text fragments on semitransparent drawing foil
2006
Dimensions variable
Notes – Tivoli (detail) by Nanna Debois Buhl
Notes – Tivoli (detail)
Site-specific installation. Ink drawings and text fragments on semitransparent drawing foil
2006
Dimensions variable
Carmencita by Nanna Debois Buhl
Carmencita
Ink and gouache on paper (series of 8 drawings).
2006
12" x  16" 
Carmencita by Nanna Debois Buhl
Carmencita
Ink and gouache on paper (series of 8 drawings)
2006
12" x  16" 
Invasive Species by Nanna Debois Buhl
Invasive Species
Wall drawing
2006
98" x  118" 
Sounds From Next Door (detail) by Nanna Debois Buhl
Sounds From Next Door (detail)
Wall drawing
2005
79" x  236" 
Sounds From Next Door (installation view) by Nanna Debois Buhl
Sounds From Next Door (installation view)
Wall drawing
2005
79" x  236" 

Artist Statement
I work conceptually with film, video, drawing, photography and sound. My practice is research based with references to literature, documentary and experimental film. Using theoretical tools and models of analysis combined with artistic experimentation in different media, I see my practice relating to what Catherine Russell defines as "experimental ethnography": "a methodological incursion of aesthetics on cultural representation, a collision of social theory and formal experimentation."

My recent work has focused on relations between history, collective memory, and identity formation. Using a given site as a starting point for my investigations, I am interested in how our understandings of space are formed by diverse parameters; physical, historical, political, economical and emotional. By exploring a Danish 19th century amusement park, a Brooklyn neighborhood on the edge of gentrification or an abandoned house on a Caribbean island, my work investigates how narratives and ideologies are inscribed in architecture and urban structures as well as how such sites are used in the formation of ideologies and writings of history.

By presenting multiple, sometimes contradictory, perspectives, the projects oscillate between telling a story, reflecting on storytelling and studying aspects of the language(s) being used. Visually, I combine my own16 mm film footage and drawings with archival material or historical photographs. I thereby juxtapose personal history and history at large and set contemporary issues in a historical perspective. 
 
My drawing projects combine text and image to create a story, often with references to film (the pan of the camera, the sequence, the progression of a story unfolding in a series of images).  I work with drawing on a range of scales, with the considerations about scale and format being a crucial part of the work: While some drawings are small works on paper, others are elements in a slideshow, and yet others are wall drawings relating to the architecture of the exhibition space or site specific installations in public space.

Artist Bio / CV
Nanna Debois Buhl is a Danish visual artist residing in New York. She participated in The Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York (2008-09) and recieved her MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark (2006).

Her work has been exhibited internationally, recent exhibitions include: “Whitney ISP studio Exhibition”, Art in General, NY; "Picture History", Museet for Fotokunst, Denmark; "Muted", Studio Museum, NY; "Socle du Monde Biennial", Herning Art Museum, Denmark; "L'art en Europe", Domaine Pommery, France; "Possibility of Change”, Åland Art Museum, Finland; "Between the Images", Rumänska Kulturinstitutet, Sweden; "The Biennial of Young Artists", Estonia; "Subtle Whispering", Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea; "BAC 41st International Film & Video Festival", Brooklyn Museum, NY; “House Warming”, Swiss Institute, NY; "Overdragelse", Overgaden – Institute of Contemporary Art, Denmark; "Tourist's Tale", Aarhus Kunstbygning, Denmark. Collections: The National Museum of Photography, Denmark.

Nanna Debois Buhl was Artist in Residence at The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Work Space Program (2007-08), New York and The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, US Virgin Islands (2008). In collaboration with the artist group Women Down the Pub she was co-editor of the book "VIEW - Feminist Strategies in Danish Visual Art" (2004).