Nyholm constructs her works carefully. She chooses the models, stages the exactly right environment, plans the angles and the direction of the light. She shoots her images with a large format camera on 4x5 inch sheet film. “My camera is like a little suitcase with an unbelievable ability to capture the world as I see it.” The method is slow and requires consideration. The desired image is ready in Nyholm’s head way before it is ready to be captured by the camera.
Erica Nyholm's works were on view at the group exhibition Nuoret 2015 in Helsinki Kunsthalle. The Finnish Museum of Photography acquired two of her works for the museum collection. The following year, another one of those works, Bereavement, won the VIII Pilar Citoler International Prize for Contemporary Photography. As part of the prize, Nyholm’s solo exhibition is on view at Sala de Exposiciones Vimcorsa in Cordoba, Spain, in spring 2018. Works from the exhibition, as well as brand new works made in 2018, will be on view at Erica Nyholm’s solo exhibition at The Finnish Museum of Photography.
”I find in photography, when it works its best, a potential to reveal something we don't recognise in our daily life. [---] It can be a small gesture of the model, the model’s gaze you didn't ask for, a sudden light you didn’t expect. Most often it’s something you cannot control. But when it´s exposed, it makes the photograph alive and it captures the viewer to be fascinated by the strength of photography as it is.”
— Erica Nyholm
Erica Nyholm (b. 1982) is a photographic artist living and working in Helsinki, Finland.
Bereavement was acquired to the collections of the Finnish Museum of Photography with support from Tradeka.
The exhibition will share the large exhibition space together with Noémie Goudal's solo exhibition.