The Danish artist talks about why he left documentary-making to make art, the project that took him from the north pole to Antarctica, and the thoughts behind the work in his latest show, his first solo exhibition in the UK.
by NICOLA HOMER
The Danish artist Adam Jeppesen (b1978) started his career in television and documentary-making, and then embarked on an artistic journey. He gained international recognition with his Wake series, inspired by the backwoods of Finland, which was published as a book by Steidl in 2008. When the National Museum of Photography in Copenhagen asked him to make works for a show, he drew on his fascination with the idea that it would be possible to drive all the way from the northerly point of Alaska to the tip of South America. Jeppesen's subsequent work was the result of a solitary 487-day journey from the north pole to Antarctica, called The Flatlands Camp Project.
He has exhibited work at a number of international institutions, including Foam in Amsterdam, C/O Berlin, Denver Art Museum, and the Brandts Museum and the National Museum of Photography in Denmark. He is participating in an exhibition this autumn at the Museo Provincial de Arte Contemporáneo Mar in Argentina - which is part of the Bienalsur 2021. Jeppesen spoke by phone to Studio International in advance of the opening of his new solo exhibition at Black Box Projects, Cromwell Place, London. This is an edited excerpt from that conversation...
• Adam Jeppesen: Evidence of Absence is at Black Box Projects, Cromwell Place, London, until 17 October 2021.