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Meet the artists nominated by Copenhagen Photo Festival in 2021

Futures Photography
Date: 22/11/2023
May 17, 2021
We are happy to announce another group of artists to join Futures this year. The five artists were nominated by our new member, Copenhagen Photo Festival. They are Essi Maaria Orpana, Io Sivertsen, Lars Dyrendom, Nanna Navntoft and Krummi.⁠

They will join the platform’s activities to present their work to international professionals and to network, amongst other opportunities that will be developed for them, including exhibitions, publishing opportunities, portfolio reviews, and more.

Discover more about them:

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Essi Maaria Orpana

Essi Maaria Orpana is a visual artist currently based in Helsinki, Finland. At the moment Orpana works with photography and video but has recently started adopting also more installation-driven approach to her artistic work. Her themes deal with body and presence interrelated to space, identity and passing of time. Characteristic to Orpana's work is to perform for or with a camera. Her approach to artistic work is personal, often with an uncanny twist.⁠

Orpana holds a BA from visual arts from Turku University of Applied Science Art Academy and is currently finishing her MA studies in photography at Aalto University, School of Arts. Orpana has also studied fine arts at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain.

Io Sivertsen

Io Sivertsen is a photographer and filmmaker working between Norway and the Netherlands. After graduating from The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, she is now attending the master program at the Norwegian Film Academy in Oslo. In 2020 she attended the Canon Student Development Programme at Visa Pour l’Image. Her work has been shown at Eye filmmuseum and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. San Mei Gallery in London, Grimstad short film festival in Norway, gallery CK13 in Serbia and cultural platform Page Not found in The Hague, among others. She has been published in Morgenbladet, Aftenposten and Zweikommasieben magazine.

In her work she explores the boundary between truth and fiction. Using reality as a starting point, image-making anchors the subject matter in her own personal perspective. Depicted themes include technology, internet culture, sexuality and identity. Alongside her practice she has initiated and developed short-films, exhibitions and a film festival. She is the co-founder of the independent film festival Cinema Underexposed - a The Hague based platform aimed for new voices and perspectives. ⁠

Lars Dyrendom

Lars Dyrendom's artistic practice evolves around photographic archives and collections.⁠ A returning theme is how humans as groups behave and act in relation to our surrounding and environment. How we stage and interact with different spaces as well as objects and how we give them emotional, political and ideological meanings in and through photography.⁠

The photographs in an archive or collection often have no beginning or end, but they exist in layers. When moving in-between these layers, norms and structures emerge but also veins of emotion and sudden affects. These aspects co-play and turn “seeing” and ideas of how to see into a complex framework.⁠

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Nanna Navntoft

Nanna Navntoft is a Danish photographer based in Copenhangen, Denmark. Her work deals with social topics and mental health, which she mainly explores through intimate portraiture.⁠

After graduating with a BA in geography and communications, she started studying photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX). As part of her education she worked at the Danish daily, Dagbladet Politiken for 18 months. She then studied abroad at The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK). In January 2020 she graduated and is now working freelance.⁠

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Krummi is an Icelandic photographer, born in 1990 in Reykjavik, where he  lives and works. In January 2021 he graduated from Ljósmyndaskólinn.⁠

By adhering to the seemingly simple and straightforward medium most of us engage with every day, Krummi is able to push himself forward and engage with his environment. He rattles on, maneuvering through the obstacle course of his everyday life with his unconventional walking pattern - a clumsy flaneur. ⁠

Krummi was a teenager when he became disabled. Through his relationship with the photographic medium he has come to see that whether he is able, less able, more able or disable, he is always, in some way, able.⁠