Nicolai Howalt (b. 1970) is a Danish artist, whose photographic work spans across documentary, conceptual and installatory art. He is interested in duality, connections and relationships, and while death is an aspect of his work, he sees mortality as part of an ongoing investigation of life and its fragility. Howalt’s work is marked by the absence of a decisive moment, focusing instead on the heartless quietness of the anticipation and aftermath of a situation, devoid of any narrative cues.
The work Light Break has previously been presented at exhibitions held at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Medical Musieon and Martin Asbæk Gallery in the spring of 2015 in Copenhagen.
Nicolai Howalt graduated from Denmark’s prestigious Photographic Art School, Fatamorgana, in 1992. He is the recipient of honorary grants from a number of benefactors and institutions, such as the Hasselblad Foundation, The Danish Ministry of Culture, The Danish Arts Foundation and The Danish Arts Council.
Throughout his career, Howalt has had the opportunity of exhibiting work at various prominent venues at home and abroad, most notably with solo shows at ARoS in Århus, Martin Asbæk Gallery in Copenhagen, at the Centre for Photography in Stockholm and at Esbjerg Art Museum. Howalt's many other contributions to exhibitions at the National Gallery of Denmark, Skagen Art Museum and Vendsyssel Art Museum, among others, along with presentations of his work in galleries in China, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Korea, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Turkey and USA, further cement Howalt's current status as a prolific and important contemporary international artist.
Interview for Louisiana Channel
Artist's homepage: www.nicolaihowalt.com