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Inner Nature | Sofía Fernández Stenström

INNER NATURE,

SOFÍA FERNÁNDEZ STENSTRÖM

18.02.21 – 17.04.21

 

In Inner Nature, the feminine curve intertwines with that of nature. “If we were to open up to people, we would find landscapes”. Taking Agnes Varda’s phrase, one could say that Sofia’s photography is landscapes unfolded, women unfolded, or all at once.

Sofia portrays what she understands or, perhaps, what she tries to understand. To do so, she captures the proximity and tenderness of the person in front of her. The effect of her work lies in the connection with the person portrayed and with the moment itself.

Femininity, bare skin and nature are the leitmotifs of her artistic corpus, all of them crossed by a strong intimacy where both melancholy and fragility are explored.
The monochrome representation of women is related to an exploration of personal identity.

Sofia understands herself through the other. Thus photography functions as a mechanism of purification and exploration, both for the artist and the model. The use of black and white emphasizes the idea of timelessness as well as intimacy, a way for the one outside the frame, the viewer, to recognize him or herself emotionally.

Still, little more can be said about Sofia’s work because, as she explains, “photography should be felt, not read or explained”.

 

María Valcárcel

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