André Viking (b.1989) is a Danish visual artist currently living and working in Copenhagen, Denmark. After graduating from Copenhagen Film & Photography School in 2012, Viking completed the General Studies Program at The International Center of Photography, where he was awarded two ICP Director’s Scholarships. With the strong belief in photography’s subjective yet universal language, André Viking draws from ancient history and myths to explore convoluted relationships between meaning, truth and fiction. Viking’s work has been exhibited internationally, including Copenhagen Photo Festival, Krakow Photomonth, and The Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado. He has also been featured in HotShoe Magazine, GUP Magazine and Secret Behaviour Magazine.
The photographs in André Viking’s series, Closed Eyes, are drawn from the oldest, most universal ideas, such as; the four elements, zoolatry, and light vs. dark. He is interested in how ideas and symbols are shared throughout various mythologies and belief systems, in an attempt to answer the most difficult and basic questions of human existence. As a way to investigate and compare these myths, Viking explored historical sites and experimented with concepts in his studio. His work, therefore, becomes a mixture of documentary and fiction – just like most mythologies.
All prints are hand processed and printed from film to silver gelatin prints – A process that retain the work’s link to the past.
To view more of André’s work please visit his website.