Bertil Nilsson – Mario, 2014
A beautiful photo of Mario, who stands under a huge waterfall. This photo was made in the Swiss Alps.
Working with the naked figure in nature is straight forward, there is an obvious connection with our natural history. Nilsson is interested in what happens when he introduces cultural elements – color, shape and dance gestures – to question that relationship.
He collaborates with professional dancers to find new movements and gestures, from the organic to the decidedly artificial. The choice of other elements build on that contrast, both integrating into the scene and serving as a focal point. The placement and choice of color add a symbolic layer, creating possibly unexpected interpretations.
Naturally also represents a personal journey for Nilsson. His interventions take on a theme of tension between order and chaos. There is a tendency in Nilsson’s work to align, structure and ultimately control – in a visual sense – the world around him. The dancers with their free expression confronts him with an opportunity to let go of control and let the chaos unfold.
25 + 4 A.P.
C-print on Fuji Chrystal Archive matt paper
61×47 cm incl. 2,5cm white border / 22 x 16.5 inches plus 1 inch white border