HEAVY WATER (TUNGTVANN), film photography, 2017.
The Tungtvann (heavy water) series frames elements of the nature landscape to expose the psychological nature of conflict. Fog, dampness, evasive senses of what has or is about to happen. Made at two sites of water: One, the Vemork heavy water factory in Rjukan, Norway, and the other Maridalsvannet, Oslo’s drinking water.
During World War II, Hitler and his regime believed heavy water was necessary to develop nuclear technology. Under forced labor and threat of losing their lives, the workers chose to resist orders and break small parts of the production. Due to their resistance, advancement of the technology was thwarted. Much of the heavy water produced sunk in the lake, in another covert operation.
Water and heavy water are very different expressions of the same element. The aim of tracing the way those elements are treated by human choices aids in understanding the different outcomes produced in nature and technology. Previously open to be skied and skated upon during winter, the drinking water in Oslo became a fenced off due to city development.
Water itself goes through many cycles within the season, and remains a subject in the psychological landscapes. Looking to convey the details in nature related to a history where small, deliberate acts of resistance or change lead to a substantial contributions over time.