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Photographer Jacob Aue Sobol: “My work is about what we have in common.” | Louisiana Channel

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SUMMARY: The content describes the experiences of Jacob, who identifies as a photographer, artist, father, husband, and fisherman. He believes that being an artist is a way of life and values imagination and freedom. Jacob's photography is not limited to specific locations or subjects, but is a way of capturing moments from his own life. He believes in connecting with people and places to create intimacy and share experiences. His work is about highlighting the commonalities of human experiences and emotions across different cultures. Jacob's time in Greenland and Guatemala had a significant impact on him and influenced his photography. He values quietness and introspection and believes that introverts often create the strongest images. Humility is also important to him.

“I'm always seeking the intimate moments with another person”. With his raw and expressive black-and-white approach, Jacob Aue Sobol is able to get up close to the people he depicts. His photographs are deeply immersive and explore themes of vulnerability, intimacy and connectedness.

“I walk up to people, look them in the eyes and tell them, I think you look interesting. I would like to share something with you, and I would like to make a portrait of you. Some people react by running away, and some people do the opposite; they move closer. They keep looking you in the eyes.”

We met the danish Magnum photographer and visual artist Jacob Aue Sobol in his home on Fejø, a small island in the southern part of Zealand, Denmark. From here, he photographs, makes exhibitions, spends time with his family and fish. He is very enthusiastic about his fishing. “I don't fish to get away from home or for social reasons. I fish because I can bring home food. It's definitely my years in Greeland that has given me this need of bringing home food.”

Jacob Aue Sobol explains that he is always alone when he fishes. Only then are you able to get closer to the nature surrounding you, but also the nature within, your inner life and emotions. He started to go fishing when he was in Greenland, where he lived for three years. It was also here that his visual output began to develop. “It was in the wintertime, and it was very dark, so I started to use a flashlight there. Part of my style and visual output started in Greenland from using this flash, which also created more contrast in the pictures.”

With a distinct and captivating style, Jacob Aue Sobol seeks to connect us as humans. This is also one of the reasons he uses black and white photography because it creates a more direct path into the viewer's inner emotions. His work is a reminder that photography is a powerful tool for empathy. His pictures become a window into the hearts and souls of those he photographs. “My work is about what we have in common. Why we are the same. It's about connecting us as humans”

Jacob Aue Sobol was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1976. A photographer and member of Magnum Photos, he has published several monographs of his unique, expressive style of black-and-white photography and exhibited his work widely. His images focus on the universality of human emotion and the search for love within oftentimes harsh surroundings. Aue Sobol lived in Canada from 1994-95 and in Greenland from 2000-2002. In Spring 2006, he moved to Tokyo for 18 months before returning to Denmark in August 2008. He has travelled extensively in the years since, photographing in Siberia, Thailand, Mongolia, America, and China while staying based in Copenhagen. After studying at the European Film College in 1998, Jacob was admitted to Fatamorgana, a Danish school for documentary and art photography. In the autumn of 1999, he went to live in the settlement Tiniteqilaaq on the East Coast of Greenland. Over the next three years, he lived mainly in this township with his Greenlandic girlfriend Sabine and her family, living the life of a fisherman and seal hunter but also photographing. The resulting book, “Sabine”, was published in 2004. In the summer of 2005, Jacob travelled with a film crew to Guatemala to make a documentary about a young Mayan girl's first journey to the ocean. The following year he returned by himself to the mountains of Guatemala, where he met the indigenous Gomez-Brito family. He stayed with them for a month to tell the story of their everyday life. The series won first prize in the Daily Life category of World Press Photo in 2006. In 2006 he moved to Tokyo, and during the next two years, he created the images for the book “I, Tokyo,” which was awarded the Leica European Publishers Award in 2008. Following his time in Tokyo, Jacob worked extensively in Bangkok, resulting in the 2016 book “By the River of Kings.” In 2012 he began photographing along the Trans-Siberian Railroad and spent the next five winters photographing in the remote Russian province of Yakutia for his project “Road of Bones.” He has ongoing projects in Denmark (“Home”) and the United States (“America”).

Jacob Aue Sobol was interviewed by Malte Bruun Fals in his home on Fejø, Denmark in May 2023.

Camera: Jakob Solbakken
Producer and editor: Malte Bruun Fals
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Advice to the Young| Louisiana Channel

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SUMMARY: The advice for younger artists is to focus on creating and not worry about money or fame. It is important to make something that you are proud of and have faith that it can lead to a career. The idea is to pretend that thoughts about money and success don't exist initially, and instead focus on making something cool. It takes time to become successful as an artist, and it's important to enjoy the process and not rush it. It's also emphasized that labels and opportunities will come to you if you create something good, rather than contacting them endlessly. Overall, being an artist is a fulfilling but challenging lifestyle.

“If you focus on money, you're never going to get the stuff. And the stuff is what makes your career.” Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra shares his advice to aspiring musicians.

“A lot of young people ask me questions about how you can get signed or how you can get your career started,” Nielson says. “I hope it doesn't sound like it comes from a place with too much privilege, but I think those concerns about career and things like that are really dangerous. Especially early on in an artist's journey.” To Ruban Nielson, it's fatal that young musicians focus on their craft rather than how to get money, fame or success. “You have to go away, make something good and then the labels will come to you.”

Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a New Zealand band formed in Auckland. It consists primarily of Ruban Nielson, Jacob Portrait and Kody Nielson. The band was formed by Ruban Nielson in 2009. The band's first album was released in 2011 on Fat Possum Records; four subsequent studio albums have been released on Jagjaguwar, the most recent being V (2023).

Ruban Nielson was interviewed by Malte Bruun Fals in June 2023. The interview was recorded in connection to Unknown Mortal Orchestra's participation in Brodie Sessions, a non-profit YouTube platform of curated music sessions. For more, visit https://brodiesessions.com/

Camera: Simon Wehye
Produced and edited by Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen

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José Andrés on the Healing Power of Food | Biscuits & Jam | Season 5 | Episode 1

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SUMMARY: In this episode of “Biscuits and Jam” hosted by Sid Evans, Jose Andres, a renowned chef and founder of World Central Kitchen, discusses his love for food, his culinary journey, and the work of his organization. They talk about the recently released World Central Kitchen cookbook and the significance of hospitality. Jose shares stories of his experiences in various disaster-stricken areas where he fed survivors and the importance of taking risks to create positive change. He also touches on the power of food to bring people together and foster empathy. The episode concludes with a discussion on the dangers of his work and his new graphic novel, “Feeding Dangerously.”

José Andrés was born and raised in Spain and has brought his love of Spanish cuisine to successful restaurants in New York City and Washington DC. While he now has dozens of dining establishments in a host of different cities, what really sets him apart is the work he's done with World Central Kitchen. Founded in 2010 in response to the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, World Central Kitchen has gone on to feed survivors of hurricanes, tornadoes, and fires all around the world, as well as countless people traumatized by war.
In this episode, José talks to Sid about the many kitchens of his childhood, how cooking for those in peril is both an act of relief and a chance to learn, and how longer tables are perhaps the closest thing to a perfect place on Earth.

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Writer Eva Menasse: A Force Bigger Than Me | Louisiana Channel

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SUMMARY: This content discusses various aspects, including the themes of surveillance and human behavior, the significance of historical research in writing fiction, the author's use of dark wit in their writing, the importance of literature in interpreting human actions, the author's personal background and their approach to speaking out, concerns about the erosion of democratic values due to ideological extremism and technology, the dangers of digitalization and social media, the limitations of clear differentiation and the need for forgiveness and generosity in society, the role of art and the current challenges it faces in terms of censorship and moralization.

“Literature is forever. It's eternal.”

German author and journalist Eva Menasse about her acclaimed novel Darkenbloom, the need to speak up publicly and defend democracy against old and new enemies.

“Journalism or history has to stick with the facts and cannot interpret people's actions. This is what only literature or art can do. They bring these characters alive. This is what triggers me when I write fiction.”

The novel Darkenbloom circles around two historical events – the fall of the Iron Curtain in the fall of 1989 and a war crime in the Austrian town Rechnitz, close to the Austrian-Hungarian border, taking place at the end of the Second World War.

“I was a very shy person, but I think I was always determined, and this sense of outspokenness that people link up with me is just; it has some family roots. My father was a refugee as a child, and he had to emigrate to the United Kingdom at the age of eight years, where he was not allowed to speak German on the streets because, during war times, it was dangerous. When he returned, he rather did not talk about his past as a refugee child because, in these years right after the war, everybody wanted you to forget the past. So, he did not make a fuss about his particular life story. My brother and I were completely the opposite. We used to speak out as soon as we were able to publish, as soon as we were accepted as writers. I think we are making up at some point for what happened to our father.”

To Eva Menasse, it is essential to engage in social and political discussions beyond the realm of literature.

“When I'm participating in discussions, I always speak out as a citizen and part of our democracy. I really think that we are living in dangerous times, not only because of climate change but also because technology might be eating us up.”

“It is an interesting question if art can help understand these developments because art itself has become the goal of discussion. There's a lot: ‘Is this allowed or should this be prohibited in the arts? Should we cover up naked women?' These questions were discussed by the feminists in the 70s. And in the 70s, they said: ‘No, we should not cover up naked women. We should also show naked men.' Nowadays, it's the other way around. And this is frightening.”

Eva Menasse (b. 1970 in Vienna) is an Austrian author and journalist. She has studied history and German literature and is the sister of the known writer Robert Menasse. Menasse had a successful career as a journalist, writing for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Frankfurt and as a correspondent from Prague and Berlin. She left the paper to write her first novel, Vienna, which was shortlisted for the 2007 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in the UK. Her acclaimed novel Darkenbloom will be published in the UK in the autumn of 2024. In November 2023, she published an essay on digitalisation, social media and the state of the public debate Alles und nichts sagen. Vom Zustand der Debatte in der Digitalmoderne.

Eva Menasse has received numerous awards: The Gerty Spies Prize for Literature, the Heinrich Böll Prize, the Friedrich Hölderlin Prize, the Jonathan Swift Prize, the Austrian Book Prize, the Bruno Kreisky Prize, and the Jakob Wassermann Literature prize. She was also a writer-in-residence in Mainz and a fellow at the Villa Massimo in Rome. Eva Menasse is also increasingly active as an essayist, for which she received the Ludwig Börne Prize in 2019. She lives in Berlin and is a founding member and, together with Deniz Yücel, spokesperson for PEN Berlin, launched in 2022.

Eva Menasse was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner in August 2023. took place during the festival Louisiana Literature at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

Camera: Simon Weyhe
Edited by: Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2024

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