SPEEDWAY, 2001 - 2005
As is so often the case in Martina Hoogland Ivanow’s photographs, no faces are discernible, instead masks and protective gear testify to the human presence and lend a theatrical dimension to the images. In the series Speedway, a psychological state of sorts is depicted without beginning or end. The relationship between the driver and the audience is the focus, but also the body’s vulnerability. The images are marked by a feeling of waiting or anticipation and remind one of how the camera makes voyeurs of us all. A profound interest in what we see and experience is a pervasive element in Martina Hoogland Ivanow’s work. She uses familiar compositions but shifts the emphasis away from the expected and in so doing transforms an unknown phenomenon into something completely different.
Härifrån till verkligheten, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, SE, 2013