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Solo Exhibition & Book Presentation & Artist Talk

»intercepted«

Nadja Bournonville

“The first world war came to an end in 1918, it was a war in which the aunt of Nadja Bournonville’s grandmother played a very small part as one of the most useless spies recruited by the Germans. Eva de Bournonville, a Swedish lady descending from a well known and respected Danish family of ballet choreographers and singers found herself in serious economic trouble at the outbreak of the war. When she was contacted by a Mr. Smith and offered a simple way, without too much effort involved, as he claimed, to get out of debt and earn a lot of money by working for the German Secret Service in London, she accepted. A few months later she was already on a boat heading for London. However, her spy career ended before it even took off, one and a half month, and 12 postcards with secret ink, after Eva de Bournonville arrived in London, there was a knock on the door of her hotelroom, Scotland Yard had come to pick her up. Before the court she stated: ”I just wanted a little bit of adventure”. After the trial with overwhelming evidence against her, she was sentenced to be hanged, but somehow, with the involvement of the King and the prime minister, this lady was saved. Instead of hanging Eva was sentenced to penal servitude for life. When the war came to an end a few years later, she was deported back to Sweden where she became a respected language teacher and lived to be 108 years old.

A photographer is also a witness, a spy and a creator of alternative realities. The camera, digital or analog has it’s limits in telling a ”true” story but photography has the ability to step in and take the place of memories, through photographs some things become visible, others disappear. A bit like the secret ink commonly used by spies during the early days of the first world war, treated in the right way it develops completely but looked at with the wrong methods it becomes unreadable and confusing.”

The work ”intercepted” was produced during the recommended fellowship.

The new publication “intercepted” by Nadja Bournonville will be presented at the opening reception:

Nadja Bournonville
intercepted

Texte von Iréne Berggren, Else Marie Hagen
englisch / schwedisch
Gestaltung: a r c Leipzig/Berlin
2018
Fotohof edition
Edition 500
Onus Probandi, from the series Intercepted © Nadja Bournonville
Interwoven, from the series Intercepted © Nadja Bournonville
Nadja Bournonville | Intercepted © Nadja Bournonville, FOTOHOF edition, 2018
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Oct 27 — Nov 17, 2018
Opening Reception, Book Presentation and Artist Talk (held in German)
with curator Harald Theiss and artist Nadja Bournonville: Friday, Oct 26, 6 – 10 pm

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Lindenstraße 34, 10969 Berlin
[Kreuzberg | Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg]

Opening hours: Tue – Sat 11 am – 6 pm

Admission free

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