Fryd Frydendahl / electric connection

June 7th until July 31st 2024

electric connection is a fusion of two distinct series of works: Oddly Satisfying (2021-23) and Salad Days (2023-2024). While parts of the work have been shown in previous exhibitions, this exhibition presents them in a never-before-seen direct context.

To enhance the experience, new editions from each series have been produced for a special viewing at the Naussauische Kunstverein Wiesbaden as a part of the RAY Triennial of Photography in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region.

As Frydendahl puts it, both series are a reflection of her artistic journey. While Oddly Satisfying is rooted in a conceptual structure, Salad Days is a collection of photographs that have evolved intuitively over a decade. The juxtaposition of these two bodies of work in electric connection is not just intriguing but also prompts a self-reflection on her artistic path and future directions.

Oddly Satisfying deals with a playful look at the eponymous Internet phenomenon that has been spreading on video platforms and social networks for several years. The flood of actionless videos and short, lined up reels in the digital medium, which are „oddly satisfying“ for the users, Frydendahl transfers into separate, static images. By using an analogue large-format camera, the deceleration is already decisive for the process of production. Frydendahl uses small shifts to break the ideal aesthetic, which characterizes the videos of the oddly satisfying genre.

The portraits of the series Salad Days break with the conventions of traditional portrait photography. Staging is an integral part of any photograph, in Frydendahl’s free works as well as in her editorials. These works are characterized by the striking use of objects and an intuitive interaction between the artist and the person portrayed, which is expressed in body postures charged with tension and intense gazes.

Frydendahl (b. 1984) graduated from Fatamorgana in 2006 and received an advanced certificate from The International Center of Photography in 2009. Frydendahl has published several books and exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at V1 Gallery, Viborg Kunsthal, Baxter Street Gallery, and The Camera Club of NY. She has received scholarships from, among others, Fogtdals Rejsestipendium, The Henry Margolis Foundation, the Josephine Merit Scholarship, and Statens Kunstfonds, which was part of The 2011 CCNY Fellowship. In 2024, she was awarded the Ny Carlsberg Foundations Artist Grant. Her work is represented in the collections of the Statens Museum for Kunst, the National Photo Museum, the Brandts Art Museum, and the Ny Carlsberg Foundation. Frydendahl is currently the director of Fatamorgana and is represented by V1 Gallery.


RAY 2024 ECHOES

RAY ECHOES, managed by Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain, is a cooperation between

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Historisches Museum Frankfurt, KfW Stiftung, Kunstforum der TU Darmstadt, Kunststiftung DZ BANK, Kunst- und Kulturstiftung Opelvillen Rüsselsheim, Marta Hoepffner-Gesellschaft für Fotografie e.V. zu Gast in der Galerie Hanna Bekker vom Rath, MUSEUM MMK FÜR MODERNE KUNST and Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden.

The international Triennial of Photography RAY was founded on the initiative of the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain to bundle and highlight the outstanding potential of artistic photography in the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main region.

The exhibition Fryd Frydendahl / electric connection is a Partner Project of the international Triennial of Photography RAY. All information and further exhibitions are available at www.ray-triennale.com.