The book ‘An Authentic Relation’ is based on a diary found on the barren and desolate South-Atlantic island of Ascension in 1726. The diary was found to belong to the soldier Leenert Hasenbosch, who one year earlier was left as a prisoner on the island as a punishment for sodomy.
The diary contains detailed descriptions from the first day of his arrival until the last day of his life, six months later. The book was brought to England and has since been published in several versions; the story has through time been fabricated and twisted several times.
The work presents photographs from a trip that the artist made to Ascension Island, accompanied with the original diary; a constellation of documentation, culminating in an overall feeling of distance and displacement, questioning our idea about history, not as fortified facts, but as possible fiction. Through the book, one navigates between text and images, forming an incomplete experience of the story.
We see a reference between the different fragments of a story, and the work presents an abstraction where the viewers independently create their own cartography of a vague narrative and story. The images are being repeated throughout the work in obvious and less obvious ways; existing on their own and in an intertwining web of echoes and references, without being more than a reference to something that once was.
The work is funded by Arts Council Norway, Norwegian Photographic Fund (Nofofo) and Norwegian Visual Artists Association.
Title: An Authentic Relation
Artist: Marianne Bjørnmyr
Year of publication: 2016
Self-published in a limited edition of 500 copies
Marianne Bjørnmyr is a Norwegian artist, living and working between Bodo, Norway, and London, where she received her MA in Photography from London College of Communication in 2012. In her practice, she works with research-based photography, concerned around the presentation of the photograph set up against our understanding, interpretation and generated perception of imagery. Marianne’s work has been exhibited internationally including Daniel Blau’s 5 under 30, The Norwegian State Exhibition “Høstutstillingen” and The North Norwegian Art Exhibition. She has earlier been awarded the Juvenarte and Jansons Scholarship amongst others art grants. Marianne was in 2015 one of the FATHOM Residents at Fours Corners film in London and was the same year mentioned as one of 10 “up and coming” London-based contemporary artists by CultureTrip. In 2016, she received the Norwegian State Artist Grant for 2 years. You can find out more about her work here.
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