Fashion Show. Photographs by Johnson & Sotberg, 1953, Godtemplarhuset, Bodø, Norway, courtesy of Arkiv i Nordland.
Clare Strand is a renowned British conceptual photographer. During the past 25 years, Strand has worked with found imagery, kinetic machinery, web programmes, fairground attractions and most recently, large-scale paintings. Now she is opening an exhibition at NOUA in Bodø, in collaboration with curator Alexander Mourant.
NOUA invites Bodø's residents to celebrate the collaboration between the artist and the local Bodø community through the opening event on Saturday 23 September at 1pm.
In the exhibition The Colder the Weather the Warmer the Hearts, Clare Strand will debut her latest wearable artworks with models from Bodø, through a fashion catwalk in the gallery. At the opening, there will be a catwalk with seven Bodø-based models, live music and serving of refreshments and waffles - reflecting the original event in 1953.
With inspiration from archive photos from a fashion show organized in the Godtemplarhuset in Bodø (NŌUA) in 1953, Clare's artwork will depict a number of stories connected to Bodø. Strand has a special interest in textiles, clothes and flowers, which is clearly shown in the exhibition, which is based on images from the photographic collection of the Archives in Nordland.
Clare Strand is an artist based in Brighton, United Kingdom. She has exhibited at The Museum Folkwang; The Centre Pompidou; Tate Britain; Salzburg Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Her work is held in the collections of MoMA; SFMoMA; The V&A; The British Council; McEvoy Collection; The Arts Council; The Uni Credit Bank; and The Mead Museum. Strand has produced four publications to date, including Clare Strand Monograph (Steidl, 2009), Skirts (GOST, 2014), Girl Plays with Snake (MACK, 2017) and Negatives for Fun with Clare Strand Photography (Multipress, 2019). Strand was one of the four nominees for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize (2020).