Eyes as Big as Plates

In our #futureForecast printed edition, we took a brief leaf through ‘Eyes as Big as Plates‘ a book featuring over 60 portraits, field notes and behind-the-scenes stories from seniors around the world.

We are very happy to let you know this book is now available to buy.

Well done Riitta and Karoline, the book looks truly amazing xx

 Eyes As Big As Plates © Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth working on Eyes As Big As Plates, © Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

Eyes As Big As Plates is the ongoing collaborative project between the Finnish-Norwegian artist duo Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth. Starting out as a play on characters from Nordic folklore, the project has evolved into a continual search for a modern human’s relationship with nature. The series is produced in collaboration with retired farmers, fishermen, zoologists, plumbers, opera singers, housewives, artists, academics, and 90-year-old parachutists.

Eyes As Big As Plates # Agnes I (Norway 2011) © Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

A 97-year-old parachutist, Agnes was the perfect embodiment of the fabled North Wind. At 150cm height she was worried only about being blown out to sea at Ølberg in Norway.
Eyes As Big As Plates # Agnes I (Norway 2011)
© Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

Eyes As Big As Plates # Agnes I (Norway 2011) © Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

Eyes As Big As Plates # Agnes II (Norway 2011) © Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

Since 2011 the artists have portrayed seniors in Norway, Finland, France, the US, UK, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Sweden, Japan, Greenland and Korea. Each image in the series presents a solitary figure in a landscape, dressed in elements from surroundings that indicate neither time nor place. Here nature acts as both content and context: characters literally inhabit the landscape wearing sculptures they create in collaboration with the artists. As active participants in our contemporary society, these seniors encourage the rediscovery of a demographic group too often marginalised via stereotypical clichés. It is in this light that the project aims to generate new perspectives on who we are and where we belong.

Eyes As Big As Plates # Agnes I (Norway 2011) © Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

Eyes as Big as Plates # Astrid II (Norway 2011) ( close up with rhubarb) copyright © Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

Eyes As Big As Plates © Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

Eyes As Big As Plates © Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

Mortan has been fishing since he was 14. Now 73 he has no plans of retiring and he is a local legend. There are so many stories from Mortan’s long and colourful life at sea, that we were recommended to book a slot at the Faroese radio archives to hear his memoirs. Eyes As Big As Plates # Mortan (The Faroe Islands 2013) © Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

Eyes As Big As Plates # Agnes I (Norway 2011) © Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

Eyes As Big As Plates © Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

Eyes As Big As Plates book is now out and is currently touring with the Norwegian National Museum and has previously been shown at Fotogalleriet (Oslo), Pioneer Works (New York, US), The Finnish Institute in Oslo, Paris and Stockholm, Seibu Shibuya (Tokyo), Villa Borghese (Rome), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Nebraska, US), the Ars Fennica exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Kiasma, Bogota International Photo Biennale (Colombia), gallery FACTORY in Seoul (South Korea), and Finlandia University Gallery (Michigan, US).

Buy the book here www.eyesasbigasplates.com

Eyes as big as plates cover

Eyes As Big As Plates – cover

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