Second Nature by Martina Hoogland Ivanow
Martina Hoogland Ivanow has focused on examining our oftentimes artificial and contradictory relationship with nature – a relationship that is largely about control.
Like Satellite [2009-10], Circular Wait proceeds from the longing for the authentic and wild that is fundamental to many subcultures that to a greater or lesser degree distance themselves from urban culture. Seeking to live in harmony with nature is often exclusive and only accessible to a select few. Other problematic dimensions include issues of sustainability and gender.
Both Circular Wait and Satellite exposes the fragile balance between humankind, culture, sustainability, and nature. The title Circular Wait refers to a state in harmony with the cycles of nature, but by extension also to an inability to break a pattern. The images evoke questions regarding our human shortcomings and capture the anxiety of our times that comes from knowing what we should do from an environmental perspective while at the same time finding it difficult to live up to the expectations of real change. Another element is the exploration of the simultaneously regressive and visionary desire to live closer to nature.