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14/07/2020 - 16/07/2020

Tempo Dance Festival 2020 #goingdigital

Production Details

Still Solo’ is a self-portrait photo exhibition featuring two series, ‘Liminalist’ and ‘Venetian’. The works strive to create a sense of movement in a still format, exploring how light and shadow can create a choreography against the body. The works explore ideas of how the body can exist in a liminal state as well as featuring the human form as the subject of performance. These series are an excerpt from Oli’s body of work where he continues to find how dance informs his photographic practice.

Thank you to Nicky and late Stewart Mathiesen

These photos will be shared on the Tempo Dance Festival website, with a selection being shown on social media.

Oli Mathiesen is a contemporary dancer working in the cross-disciplinary fields of movement, photo and film. His photographic work is contextualised by his movement practice. Oli doesn’t see either as working in two different fields, dance or photography, but the discipline is defined by the medium the final product takes form in. He continues to work in the fine arts sector with photography held in the Wallace Arts Trust, while completing his dance studies at Unitec.

Performance installation , Dance , Contemporary dance ,


Still images move

Review by Nicole Wilkie 16th Jul 2020

Still Solo by Oli Mathiesen is a photographic exhibition exploring how choreography and movement can be performed in a still image.  

The two series in this exhibition, ‘Liminalist’ and ‘Venetian’, use light and shadow to create a dance against the backdrop of the human form. The two series are distinct, yet undoubtedly connected in their conceptions.

The first series depicts the body shrouded in white, semi-translucent fabric used in tandem to celebrate the body in its anatomical form and show the intricacies of human movement. The second set of pictures is much rawer and gives an intimate look at the body as a medium of performance.

Absorbing these photographs from top to bottom is akin to watching a dance, all of the images seem to inform each other and tell an abstract story of the dancer both as a performer and as a human being.

This collection of photography is simply gorgeous and Mathiesen’s talent both in front of and behind the camera is obvious through his artwork. 

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