June 01, 2007
Another artist that was shown in the Contact Photography Festival in Toronto was Simen Johan, a Norwegian now based in New York. He presented his large-scale photography of animals in apocalyptic landscapes. Apparently the title references a prayer: "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done..."
In the above picture you see two moose locking antlers as parakeets fly about. The animals are taxidermy forms inserted into picturesque landscapes - a constructed image, the theme of the festival this year - The background looks like a deserted land, devoid of any human life, where the last things remaining are the animals shown. Don't despair though, because it looks like there is hope. When the fight produces a victor, new life will start forming.