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An annex to the Geofinancial Lexicon
By Eline Benjaminsen
Eline Benjaminsen, the CNA's artist in residency from 2019 to 2020, is fascinated by the abilities and failures of photographic storytelling as a tool to interact with and challenge what she views as nonsensical results produced by the logic of today's global market. But mostly her work revolves around a deep concern that the lack of visuality within such market processes may limit our ability to engage with them. That’s why the potential that imagery possesses in enabling us to observe such processes clearer is very interesting to her. These investigations more often than not results in ‘impossible documents’ - images that are perhaps mainly successful in their failure to document anything at all. So Eline engages in this challenge of perceiving through photographic follow-the-money narratives that combine prints, video and text in mixed media installations.
During her residency at the CNA, Eline has worked on a project named Collapsed Mythologies: An annex to the Geofinancial Lexicon. Inspiration came in 2018, when she was given the dummy for an upcoming publication called The Geofinancial Lexicon by her friend and colleague Sami Hammana. Sami edited this dictionary of expressions and jargon used within the financial sector, which simultaneously allude to nature - or in his words: «the becoming-Earth of finance». Wildly inspired by terms such as ‘animal spirits’, ’dead cat bounce’, ‘iceberg order’, ’dark pool’ and ‘scorched earth’, Eline saw the invitation from the CNA as an opportunity to image these visceral oddities. Where else could be a better framework than in the country with the largest international investment fund industry during a time when ‘green finance’ is on the rise? Between what these terms mean (as in financial actions usually abstracted from ecological derivatives) and the natural world that they signify, lie rich mythological histories...
With a curiosity around how value is measured in the world today, monetarily and otherwise, I explore what I view as a great contradiction: how deeply influential market processes often escape our physical realm. I do this through photographic follow-the-money narratives that combine photographic prints, video and text in mixed media installations.
Concerned by how the lacking visuality of socio-economic processes may affect our ability to engage with them, I am interested in how the creation of imagery might enable us to observe them clearer. My work is therefore occupied with the potentiality of storytelling as a tool for ‘debunking by exposing' what I view as quite non-sensical results that the logic of globalized capitalism produces today. The problem is that these results often lack visual queues. By focusing on what is strictly physical – that which can be photographed, I aim to confront the viewers with the limits of their own vision. This often results in the creation of ‘impossible documents’ - images that are perhaps mainly successful in their failure to document anything at all. What they depict is a material absence of unperceivable infrastructure.
Long-term collaborative work is central in my practice. Working together with a diversity of experts such as researchers, journalists and designers helps in the creation of a strong foundation for my visual story-telling.