ABSALON is presented with an image that knocked me out at first glance. Edderkop. (inkjet print). The exhibition in its entirety was planned to take place in early summer. Certain circumstances postponed the opening date and this picture was to be shown in a gallery in Copenhagen, while Chiara got busy with other exhibitions. Understandably, Absalon wanted to exhibit a new image and sent me a series of about twenty new ones to pick from but I didn’t want to compromise the dynamic I had envisioned. The overall picture was based on an interaction, which I think of in retrospect as an interplay between the unspoken and a more direct language. This became clear as Chiara's installation took shape. How the two resonated dynamically. At first sight I was struck with the interplay between his and her work by color/medium/material. What components does Absalon's visual world consist of? Looking more closely, the image is made up of ingredients that I cannot recognise or understand. Like Chiara’s objects. Torn between the urban and the natural. A kind of intimacy that becomes uncomfortable, unbalanced and even dangerous. That duality. Which reappears in Chiara's materials. As if someone said something straight to the point (I mean this particular picture). It seems to want to tell you something. Compared to Chiara's unspoken. Starting point: classical portrait. Time travel. It is difficult to place it in any kind of compartment. Or to lock it into an established language or style. The technical composition takes it to the forefront of time. I wonder if Absalon has a more formalistic approach to his work. I don't think it's his intention to say things. I think he simply consists of a complexity of thoughts that automatically produces psychological tension. // Jonas roos. Chiara Bugatti (b.1991, Italy) is a visual artist based in Stockholm. Absalon Kirkeby (b.1983, Denmark) is a visual artist based in Copenhagen.