Photography

The Work of AdeY

January 10, 2017

AdeY is a British born conceptual photographer living and working in Malmö, Sweden. Through his photographs, the artist builds physical and abstract relationships between his staged nude models and the environments they occupy. The images capture moments of social oppression, humor, isolation, anxiety and depression.

AdeY’s choreography takes advantage of the vulnerability of nudity to present ideas around the human body’s malleable relationship with physical space and society. There is a tension about his photographs, but one that exist in an overall manner. The models more often than not have a calm, peaceful demeanor towards one another, often appearing supportive of each other’s questionable position or exposure. Such intimate, fantastical scenarios often reveal a mood or relationship that is seemingly out reach yet absolutely desirable. On his work AdeY states, “the images depict imbalances evident in contemporary society today by directly addressing issues of gender, normative behavior and how society forces us to choose one direction or path. The subjects show our venerability, loneliness, strengths and expectations whilst highlighting the correlation between body and space.”

In 2015, the artist published his first photobook, Left and Right, in a signed limited edition of 200. This past year AdeY collaborated with Swedish photographer Kersti K and This Very Instant, a print publisher of contemporary photography, to create a split zine called Avalanche. The zine consists of photographs from the perspective of both artists, shot using only two models in a contemporary Swedish family home built in 1910. The two photographers will be releasing a second, limited edition, collaborative split zine called Heath in early 2017.

This year, AdeY will be showing work at the Sangdee Gallery in Chiangmai, Thailand (March 1st - April 1st), Lokstallarna Studios in Malmö, Sweden (June 9th - 18th), and Galleri Grundstof in Aarhus, Denmark (August 18th - September 16th). Follow more of AdeY’s photography on tumblr and Instagram.

-Molly Jacobs