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).