Front view
Inv. No.S-1881
ArtistJens Kniggeborn 1964 in Germany

"hnappavellir no. 1"


from the series "northern light"

platin palladium print

Dimensions5,4 x 6,5 cm
Edition2/10 (+2 a.p.)

signed, dated and numbered (pencil) on verso


Humility in the face of nature and its inimitable sublimity: that is the feeling that overcomes Jens Knigge during his wintertime travels along the Arctic Circle. He has recorded his impressions of snow-covered landscapes and the mysterious aurora borealis in mostly small-format platinum-palladium prints. In the end, the contact sheets of the negatives of his analog photographs illustrate the inadequacy of established formal idioms and modes of expression. For it seems to be virtually impossible to render the essence of the experience of nature with the means of photography. Knigge’s pictures accordingly hover between figuration and abstraction; as though the artist, with each new picture, encircled a mystical space opening up between surface and depth. Knigge’s landscape pictures are sustained by the ultimate defeat of the will to document and depict before a "white abyss of infinity."
(Ralf Hanselle)

S-1881, "hnappavellir no. 1"
Jens Knigge, "hnappavellir no. 1", 2016
S-1881, Front view
© Jens Knigge
S-1878, Jens Knigge, "tenojoki​", 2015
Jens Knigge, "tenojoki​", 2015
more infoS-1878, Front view
© Jens Knigge
S-1879, Jens Knigge, "frozen tree", 2015
Jens Knigge, "frozen tree", 2015
more infoS-1879, Front view
© Jens Knigge
S-1880, Jens Knigge, "path of power", 2016
Jens Knigge, "path of power", 2016
more infoS-1880, Front view
© Jens Knigge