Speedway is Martina Hoogland Ivanow´s second solo exhibition at the gallery Swedish Photography but is one of her first series (2001-2005). The idea took her through Germany, Finland, Mongolia, Siberia and Sweden and the result become a series focused onÂ the highly precarious sport of speedway racing.
As her recent series, each of her images are imbued in a dark mesmerizing aesthetic which conveys in her images a heightened presence as real as it is poetic. “I am not aware of constructing a technique, lighting a selection of subject are choices that every photographer makes, that combined to make a personal statement. If I choose a very soft lighting, it is to capture something thatâs very hard to take in”, says Hoogland Ivanow.
Speedway is a statement, a series with almost alien-like figures in a fictive world but at the same way very human. Her works often deal with reflections and personal definitions. The portraits of drivers with the masks on are very strong and almost frightening. The connection between you as a viewer and the audience at the Speedway Arenas are tight. One image – at night of course – you find the arena lightning reflecting in shoulders. Like from a sublime flash or like knights in shiny armours. Another shows a man on his knees, like in a ritual on the icy track.
There is a thread between Hoogland Ivanow´s former series all the way through to her newer works. Her excellent skills of defining odd groups, societies or subcultures, like in her series Satellite, and making sublime works out of it, are enacted in the series Speedway.
In the exhibition, we also show her new video workAnnelise Frankfurt (2013).The film is about the dancer, choreographer and doll-maker Annelise Frankfurt (1926-2007). She was active during the 50´s and 60´s but has been virtually forgotten today. Annelise Frankurt´s life fascinates us all and is closely connected to Hoogland Ivanow´s interest in fantasy, spaces and human relations.
Martina Hoogland Ivanow, born 1973, lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. She holds a BA in Fine Art, Major in Photography, from Parsons School of Design in both Paris and New York. Hoogland Ivanow has shown work in most of Europe, Japan, China and the US, and her work is to be found in major collections as Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Moderna Museet in Stockholm.