“When listening to the music piece “Polite” composed by Peter Sabroe, a blooming Flower was dancing around in my head. I envisioned a flower opening its crown leaves in front of the sun and a feeling of happiness reached my mind. It was the same feeling I get every year in spring when the strong sunlight appears again after months of darkness. At this time a year when the sun finally returns, I point my head towards the sun and with closed eyes sense the warmth and light reaching my forehead and eyeballs behind my eyelids. Inside of my mind I see the sunlight dancing like a blooming flower nourishing me with an energy I longed for the whole winter.
When living in Denmark where winters are long and dark, you learn to appreciate these kinds of moments. This year the winter has felt extra dark and long with a global pandemic setting a new agenda for our social behavior and making us face death and disease on a scale we are not used to. In this context the longing for spring becomes a longing for going back to the world we used to know before the pandemic. However, this year spring will bloom again like it always has.”
To create the project ”Dance of a Blooming Flower” director and photographer Henriette Sabroe Ebbesen collaborated with floral artist Thilde Maria Haukohl Kristensen, founder of Poppykalas Floral Design Studio. Both artists express themselves with vibrant colors and by manipulating elements of the natural world to add a surreal sense to their work: Thilde Maria Haukohl Kristensen manipulates the natural appearance of flowers by combining them in new sculptural and sensuous ways in her floral artworks and Henriette Sabroe Ebbesen creates visual illusions in her work with the use of mirrors to make the viewer experience a different version of reality.
Director Biography – Henriette Sabroe Ebbesen
Henriette Sabroe Ebbesen (1994) is an autodidact photographer, film director and medical student from Copenhagen, Denmark. Ebbesen’s photographic work has been exhibited both in the USA and Europe and her publications include magazines like Vanity Fair Italia and Vogue Italia. In 2016 she took part in the prestigious censored exhibition KE16 “Artist’s Autumn Exhibition” at “Den Frie Udstilling” in Copenhagen. In November 2017 Ebbesen exhibited in Milan during Photo Vogue Festival, and in 2019 she was selected for the ”Portrait Now! 2019” exhibition by the Carlsberg foundation on Fredriksborg Caste in Denmark and the Ljungberg Museum in Sweden. In 2021 she held her first solo exhibition at Vasli Souza Gallery in Oslo. Ebbesen is now writing her thesis on creativity and psychopathology and will graduate as a medical doctor in 2022. In the future Ebbesen plans to continue to do medical research about creativity alongside her own creative work within photography and film.
Ebbesen is interested in the intersection between painting and photography and works with reflections and collage to create surreal effects in her photographs: “The photograph is a medium that is regularly used to portray reality. When seeing a photograph, we therefore oftentimes presume it to be trustworthy and real. In my works I aim to play with this sense of reality that we relate to the photograph by distorting the objects and space within the picture frame. With these effects I aim to surprise and confuse and leave one with the question of what is real.” Conceptually her works often deal with identity and the subconscious self affected by and interrelated to the surrounding world.