Accompanied by the old Hasselblad camera of her deceased grandfather, Alexia Leysen talked to more than 50 Knausgard readers. In search of what touches or triggers them in his books... Because the Norwegian literary rock star is called a gloomy mascot of contemporary man - his work a mirror for the soul.
During the research for the theatre piece KNAUS thus arose THE KNAUSGÅRD / HASSELBLAD SERIES: a penetrating analogue portrait series that gathers a diverse range of voices and faces around this material. From enthusiasts to critics. Men and women, from 20- to 90-year-olds.
Each person portrayed chose 1 fragment from the Norwegian oeuvre that means something to them. Below is a sneak preview, and you can find more via Alexia's Instagram. But photography needs te be experienced live. The beauty of analogue images is the most powerful if seen in real life - and in a large format. In the exhibition (opening: Galerie Verbeeck-Vandyck, later on tour) you can discover the images & texts together live.
The KNAUS-project became a unique crossover between photography, theatre and literature.
"Alexia makes disarming, striking portraits with a method of slow photography that has fallen into disuse in our fast, digital world. Her work requires the much needed stillness and deepening." (Jozefien Daelemans, Editor-in-Chief Charlie Magazine)
Publication, interviews,... in De Standaard, Charlie Magazine, Gazet van Antwerpen, De Standaard Weekblad ("Hear/Here"), De Morgen Magazine (My Favourite Things), Radio 1 (Culture Club),...