Lisbet Nielsen

“Siggie is a moving and complex collection of images, hinting obliquely at the exquisite heartache and joy present in this intense relationship between mother and daughter. It’s a heart-wrenching, life-affirming, and devastatingly poignant tribute to youth, motherhood, and growing up.” DAZED 

Siggie is a story of transformation, beauty and complexity. The fluid and quiet come together in a narrative about time, life and dreams told through 48 Polaroid images. The pictures are captured over a span of seven years during the 1990’s when Lisbet Nielsen lived in three different apartments with her daughter Siggie.

We see images of interior; lamps, pillows and furniture, and different sceneries, a ray of light over a table, a door that opens into a kitchen with a stove and white wooden chair, a snowy view with rooftops covered by a violet veil all intertwined and bound together by the intimate portraits of Siggie, from the age of 12 until she becomes pregnant at the age of 18.

The images capture a poetic and timeless universe that spring from the visual narrative of a young girls transition from child to adult – in close dialogue with the physical spaces in which this metamorphosis takes place, and in harmony with the change of seasons from outside the kitchen window.

The Polaroid images have been lying in the drawer for many years, and it’s with a new, reflected and liberating gaze that Nielsen now has been able to select and compile the images so that the private gets retold and transformed into a generally human and open aesthetic expression.

Lisbet Nielsen (born in 1957) is a Danish Fine Art Photographer who lives and works in Copenhagen. Nielsen holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art Photography from Glasgow School of Art, Scotland and has exhibited in Denmark, Poland, Scotland, China, Finland and Germany. Siggie is her first book.

  • Embossed linen-bound mini hardback with tipped-in image
  • ISBN 978-87-970520-7-5
  • 12,2 × 14 cm
  • 64 pages
  • 48 colour plates
  • Epilogue by Malene Engelund
  • Language: English and Danish
  • Edition of 700
  • Printed in Denmark by Narayana Press
  • Published 31 March 2021

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