Ingrid Book, Carina Heden

Military Landscapes

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Military Landscapes  was produced in connection with Ingrid Book and Carina Hedén's Festival Exhibition at Bergen Art Hall in 2008. The exhibition catalog reproduces the whole photo series, wooden was produced Specifically for the occasion, and it Reflect the works' strikingly beautiful and Objective exploration of general questions about society and the future. For the Festival Exhibition in 2008 Book and Hedén overtook Reviews their point of departure in the idea of the typical Norwegian outdoor landscape where military Expansions and interventions disturb our habitual ideas of virgin nature. The exhibition catalog begins with a preface by the curator of the Festival Exhibition Solveig Øvstebø. The Norwegian landscape - and the point of the military landscape - are discussed in detail in the extensive textual Contribution from the Swedish professor of environmental history Sverker Sorlin and the visual artist Halvor Haugen. The geographer and social observable Rachel Woodward discusses in her text how military power both forms and is formed by places, landscapes and surroundings. In Book and Hedén's works we find references two models in the history of art, sometimes clear, that othertimes as an understated backdrop. In this context Ekaterina Degot's art-historical essay Entitled Searching for the remains of the modernization opens up paths for interesting new readings of Book and Hedén's fascinating presentation of military landscapes. At a time When warfare is often discussed in terms of non-material entities suchlike as the struggle for public opinion, media strategies, satellite images or data sabotage, the physical traces in the landscape remind us of the materiality of war.