Essay by Josefine Klougart
Hardcover with 12 pages booklet.
Edition of 1500
285 x 350 mm
In Denmark you’re never more than 30 miles from the sea. Aside from Jutland’s boundary with Germany, Denmark is entirely surrounded by water, with a total of 5,437 miles of coastline, or kystland. So naturally Danish photographers Mathias Svold and Ulrik Hasemann grew up going to the beach. Many of their childhood memories play out there; fishing for crabs in the summertime or cavorting on the ice in winter. It’s the ever-changing subject in their collaborative photo project Kystland.
“The coast plays an important role in the identity of the Danish everyday life (…) It is a workplace, a breathing space, a political battleground while also being the heart of the Danish tourist industry. It brings both environmental and socio-political conflicts and values up for debate.
The coast has remained almost untouched the last century with free public access, but the coast is ever-changing. Both nature and society are under pressure. The ocean eats its way into the land and swallows houses, cities expand along the shores all the time while climate changes lead to rising sea levels. This ongoing long-term project investigates how nature, people and the society use and affect the coast and it explores the relationship and tension between human and nature”.
About the Artists
Mathias Svold (b. 1991) is a documentary photographer based in Denmark. Besides pursuing personal long-term projects he is working with various kinds of reportage, portrait and video assignments. His work often investigates how climate, people and communities affect the nature.
In 2017 he graduated from the Danish School of Media and Journalism’s photojournalism program. He has been interning for National Geographic Magazine (US) and Jyllands-Posten (DK), and he is currently a mentee at VII’s two-year program.
Ulrik Hasemann is a documentary photographer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Hasemann’s previous work revolves around the relations between man and nature as well as social topics and issues regarding human rights. Hasemann believes photojournalism is important to understand the world we live in and to create comprehension and unity between people.
About the Publisher
Book Lab is an art book publisher based in Copenhagen, they experiment with book crafts. They develop and publish books that stimulate the reader’s senses.