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Pernille Koldbech Fich

Künstlerhaus Bethanien

Danish artist Pernille Koldbech Fich continues to refine her work in the genre of photographic portraiture. She has long situated her subjects within specific surroundings, with both subject and context characterizing each other reciprocally. For the early series “Søstre” (Sisters), 2002–2003, she photographed diakonisser, or Danish ordained nurses, in their own living quarters, letting the rooms that they themselves designed serve as an expressive stage. Since then she has been emptying out her studio and stylizing her backdrops, emphasizing the pictorial space in itself as an atmospheric medium with powerful psychological and poetic connotations. “I wanted to minimize my expression,” the artist reports, “and was interested in how much narrative I could tell by portraying people without a visible sense of belonging.” To this end she developed an unusual process: First she arranges the

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