Loyal Gallery presents an exhibition and book release with Swedish photographer Louise Enhörning. Working with distorted color, saturated or completely stripped of pigment, Enhörning presents a body of work she refers to as self-portraits.
The concept of self-portrayal equals both power and vulnerability. As straightforward as it is complex, as freeing as it is restrictive. A subject can easily be converted into an object, be it by the viewer or the artist themselves. Louise Enhörning works with self-portrayal unconventionally – she is not there. Possibly to escape objectification, to present herself without flesh, through perception. Enhörning is the person in control, shooting a picture of a shiny car window surface, reflecting leafy vegetation above it. She is altering colors, to fit her idea of what a loving palette is. We stand unarmed in front of the images, forced to experience Enhörning as Enhörning would. “Agape” brings us on a journey to explore love without a body to desire, without skin to touch with our minds. Instead, we are given a pass into someone else’s.
The book is published by Art and Theory Publishing, with essay by Lars-Erik Hjertström Lappalainen. www.artandtheory.org