“Whit Kind Regrets Pasenau”
I met Pas for the first time in 2014. She was graduating school and had submitted a photo series to me, in hopes of having it published in a magazine I used to run. We instantly clicked and the series (her first ever) was published.
That was the start of a long term collaboration and friendship for us. But it was also the start of a new direction for Pas’ photography and a book project, to which she has continued to photograph. She moved from the suburbs and into the city, and started bringing around a small snapshot camera, photographing candid encounters between herself and her friends. Pas’ fresh lense captured a nerve in the current youth milieu; and the vulnerability, intensity and intimacy within. Sometimes her personal development and the anxiety and honesty of adolescence too. Recently all these photos were collected. Over three thousand frames were developed and stacked, narrowed down and narrated, resulting in the first extensive book documentation of her practice. “Whit Kind Regrets Pasenau” is a very personal photographic diary from the past few years, a collection of memories rather.
Pas explores the complex relationships between image and reality, body and environment, photography and art. I have also always admired that she often includes herself in the works, gives of herself, creating intuitively. I have, since we met, witnessed Pas operating a home-studio-dayjob dynamic in the daily – she lives in a loft in Oslo with her artist boyfriend and their two rats, works a dayjob at a mall photoshop, and spends most evenings in a shared studio. Playfulness and boredom have been particularly important, both as subject and as process. Lately, she has explored mediums like graffiti, sculpture, text and painting; oftentimes connecting them all, which adds exciting layers to her practise.
This book’s title pays homage to Pas’ dyslexia by consciously keeping a typo. She claims that her verbal difficulties have nurtured the extreme visual sense in her and highly influenced her eye for palettes, forms and compositions. She was always bad at writing, and therefore never really wrote, she avoided speaking and reading out loud. Pas even ruined a camera because of it: “My grandma gave me my first Olympus MJU 2 camera [the same camera model she used to shoot this book] as a gift. On the side of the camera there was a blue sticker saying “all weather”. But I thought it said “all water”... So the first night out with the camera, some friends and I were skinny-dipping, and I brought the camera out in the sea and under water, and it just collapsed. I was so confused! I thought it was waterproof!”.
“Whit Kind Regrets Pasenau” includes impulsive snapshots and arranged self portraits and nudes. The book itself is wrapped in a sleeve because it would otherwise look too naked, but also to protect the book to ensure maximum longevity. Because legacy is important to her, and also why she decided to use the book medium specifically. «I have always wanted to make a book, but lately I’ve been thinking about mortality – that I could die whenever. By putting this book out, at least I will have something published out there, that can speak for me, show what I have done, that I was out there once at all. It’s important that people can keep what they see, preserve a story of a whole, bring it home» Unlike her Instagram, where people see her images one by one, these aren’t individual photos, and they’re not meant to be seen as that, they’re shot with the idea of a narrated book as result in mind. They shall be communicated holistically. A small part of a bigger context...
“Whit Kind Regrets Pasenau”, the book, accompanies an installation by the same name, of cirka 21 works (uncertain as of this moment) at Makeriet in Malmö (opening 29.09.18).
Elise By Olsen
Maria Pasenau was born and raised in Mjøndalen, Norway. She graduated the Norwegian School of Photography in 2014, and has since exhibited her work in national as well as international galleries and institutions. Pasenau was included in the exhibition “Faithless Pictures” at the National Museum of Norway, the exhibition “Early Works” at New Galerie in Paris with 89plus and an online exhibition at Thaddaeus Ropac. She has also functioned as in-house photographer for renowned youth culture magazine Recens Paper. Pasenau currently lives and works in Oslo.
Elise By Olsen is an Oslo based editor, publisher and curator.
Risks and challenges
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