© Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen
An Lanntair is delighted to announce the opening of new gallery exhibition Eyes as Big as Plates, by Norwegian-Finnish artist duo Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen, on Saturday, December 19th.
The new show comprises of portraits of people the duo met while touring the Outer Hebrides in early summer 2019 as well as works from as far apart as Greenland, Norway, South Korea and Tasmania.
In 2011, Karoline and Riitta embarked upon their Eyes as Big as Plates project to study explanations for natural phenomena from Norwegian folklore. Since then, the artists have travelled to fifteen countries, and the project – part sculpture, part installation, and part photography – has evolved into an ongoing exploration of how contemporary humans relate to nature and our surroundings.
Combining their different but complementary skills from beginning-to-end of the process, Karoline and Riitta’s series features subjects ranging from artists to zoologists by way of retired farmers, pub-patrons, fishermen, plumbers, opera singers, housewives, academics, and ninety-year-old parachutists.
As it continues to cross borders, Eyes as Big as Plates aims to represent a marginalised demographic, and to generate new perspectives on who we are and where we belong.
Eyes as Big as Plates previously toured for four years with the Norwegian Museum and has exhibited in galleries in Columbia and the USA, as well as Tokyo, Italy, South Korea, Sweden, Finland, and Tasmania amongst others.
The project was nominated for Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards 2017 in ‘Best First Photobook’ as one of 20 shortlisted books out of nearly 1,000 entries; and was also winner of the British Society of Gerontology’s Photocrowd award in 2016, as well as the Nordic Crowdfunding Alliance’s ‘Best Norwegian Crowdfunding Campaign’ in the Culture and Arts category for 2016.
An Lanntair, Kenneth Street, Stornoway, Outer Hebrides