Damian Heinisch Dag Alveng Stempel

Dag Alveng, one of the most recognized Norwegian contemporary photographers, opens his new exhibition at Drammen Museum Thursday 23rd of February. The installment is a dual exhibition between Drammen Museum and Galleri Brandstrup in Oslo. Alveng, a passionate racing driver himself, photographed the racing tracks Nürburgring in Germany and Monza in Italy. The project is described as a dive into motorsport and pushing your own limits.

I was called by Dag Alveng  to take a photograph of a sculpture for his new book, which is launched parallel to both exhibitions. It was an honour for me and I felt a responsibility to do it in the best possible way. The sculpture represents a melted piston of his Lancia Delta Integrale placed on a socket. It happened in the year 2003 on a trip through the underwater tunnel «Drøbaktunnelen», somewhere around half way from the deepest point to the surface. The gas pedal was pushed hard and the melting of the piston created the destruction of the engine. After 9 years it found its way into my studio and will be a part of the exhibition in the museum today. Dag was generous and left free space for my interpretation. For me though it was important to keep the  balance between a photograph and the reproduction of the sculpture. It is a tool of absolute precision, representing the autonomy of power, but simultaneously a piece of art placed by him on a socket.

I chose to use dark surroundings since a piston is working within an oily and closed environment. The Macro Summarit-S 120mm achieved the best details possible. The image is published in the book and also in the D2 Magazine, along with an interview with Alveng about his photographs.

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