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Ida Nissen

MA work

Untitled (Illusion, Surface, Flatness)

Untitled (Illusion, Surface, Flatness) reflects the idea of a zone existing between transparency and opacity and propose seeing as a wider sensorial experience. Three colour prints, and a chain link curtain, invites the viewer to consider the relationship between illusion flatness and surface, emphasising the act of looking and obstruction. Considering the nature and materiality of photography and the dualities of digital and analogue, the work embeds ideas around labour, abstraction, alongside the agency of the viewer. 


  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Photography, 2019

  • Ida Nissen’s work engages with the possibilities of abstraction and overlaps between the real and the constructed. A main enquiry revolves around the tension between illusion, surface and flatness, and – whilst transitioning between them – the instability of structures and objects becomes apparent.

    Interested in the idea of a photographic space, and inspired by cinema and visual phenomena, she seeks to balance surface, shape and colour in constructed images created through a variety of approaches including still life, dark room experiments and in-camera masking.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • 'Acts of Disappearance', Photo London, Somerset House, London, 2019; 'Acts of Disappearance', Lodz, Poland, 2018; 'Offprint: RCA', Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, 2018; 'Parallel Review', Lisbon, 2018; WIP Show, RCA, London, 2018; 'Intersection', Parallel Platform, Hala V, Zagreb, 2018; 'Invisible Layers', Hidden Patterns, RCA, London, 2018; 'Unknown Knowns: Young Contemporary Photography', Skape Gallery, Seoul, 2017; 'Fading Forms', Entrée, Bergen, 2016; 'Substractions', Cyan Studio, Oslo, 2016; 'A Plane To Be Visualized', Galleri Monitor, Gothenburg
  • Publications

  • Raumflucht, published by Heavy Books, 2016