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PETER 
FUNCH

Possibilities of the future
Realities from the past

2019 - 2021

“When captured in black and white, the images of taken from within these bunkers are timeless, universal, and meditative, qualities enhanced by the repetitive nature of the series, as the same viewpoints are shot during various times of day. The seascape photographs of Hiroshi Sugimoto come to mind, the subject rendered both rich and minimal in grey-scale tones. Of this sight, Sugimoto said, "every time I view the sea, I feel a calming sense of security, as if visiting my ancestral home; I embark on a voyage of seeing." Yet in this series, it is not a feeling of protection and stability that pervades. Within each image, the outline of the bunker walls is visible, seeming to cradle the vast and ambiguous sea-line so that the architecture asserts a participatory role in the composition.

The jagged and irregular edges, sloped and uneven, determine the crop of the image and the scope of the sky and sea revealed around the horizon line. The result is an organic hardening of the otherwise edgeless seascape. This presence of the architecture ruptures the pervasive sense of calm at the center of the frame: it is a rupture within stillness. The bunker inserts itself as blurred boundary in a near void, the illusion of infinity in which sea meets the sky. Its presence serves as a reminder of puncturing, divisive forces that co-exist in history and the here-and-now: war, unhealed trauma, and lingering fear.”

 

Peter Funch

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Hirtshals, Danemark, 2020

Lindesnes Fyr, Norvège, 2021

Heuqueville, France, 2021

Cap Blanc-Nez, France, 2021

Le Havre, France, 2021

Bulbjerg, Danemark, 2019

Peter Funch

lived in New York for 13 years as a photographer. Funch graduated as a photojournalist from the Danish School of Journalism in 1999 and combines the social commentary with a cinematic style. His still and motion work often combines storytelling with a perceptive social commentary. He is working internationally with exhibitions, books, editorial and advertising clients alike, combining his technical perfection with a touch of his nordic calmness and dry humour. Worked with international clients like Sony, HSBC, Whitney Museum. He has published four monographs Where Babel Tales, 42nd, Vanderbilt Picturing Routines and Rituals in the Public Sphere in New York City. Recent exhibitions include 42nd and Vanderbilt, Vevey, Swiss (2020), Street, Life, Photography (Group Exhibition), Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2020), A History of Photography: Daguerreotype to Digital, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom (2018), The Triennial of Photography, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany (2018), Photography to end all Photography, The Triennial of Photography, Photo Biennale, Brandts, Odense, Denmark (2018), Friendships, Nivaagaards Malerisamling, Nivå, Denmark (2016), The Aesthetics of the Mobile Phone, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany (2015). 

Peter Funch

Born in 1974

Lives and works between Copenhagen and Paris

https://www.peterfunch.com

Represented by Gallery V 1, Copenhagen

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