Swedish artist Florence Montmare returns home to pay homage to the inspiration of Ingmar Bergman.
Artist and photographer Florence Montmare presents Scenes from an Island, at the Bergmancenter, Fårö, Sweden. Describing the project, Ms. Montmare says: ”It is an homage to Ingmar Bergman and to the beauty of the Fårö landscape, his “Mise-en-scène”. When I was offered a chance to stay in one of his homes, it inspired me to create this new body of work.” The exhibition is the culmination of five years of experimentation and process on the part of the artist, exploring metaphors of transience by staging different scenarios; images of landscapes and figures transitioning through them. “Linear narratives were abandoned, stripped down and layers peeled off,” Ms. Montmare says. “I see it as ritual, a meditation to connect to nature as the source of our existence.”
New York- and Stockholm-based artist and photographer Florence Montmare studied photography at the School of Visual Arts, New York. After graduating with a Masters in Design Management from Linnaeus University, and from the International Center of Photography, New York, she established her studio Florence Montmare LLC to create photographs, films, performances, installations, books and assignments, while exhibiting her work internationally. Projects include two solo exhibitions of Illuminations (New York 2014, 2015), performance Det är i mötet det sker (Bergman Week Fårö 2017), exhibition Return to sender, (Helsinki 2018), theatrical performance Dream machine (New York 2012) and video performance Phantasme (2007). She was an artist in residence at Chashama studio program (New York 2010-2012), and at Ingmar Bergman Estate (Sweden 2015, 2017). She is represented by Ivy Brown Gallery, New York and Barona Productions, Mexico City.
Florence Montmare – Scenes from an Island
September 5 – 29
Fårö Svens 1118, 624 66 Fårö, Sweden