Baxter St is pleased to present the exhibition, Mon’s Future, a solo show of the work of Danish photographer Fryd Frydendahl, curated by Megumi Tomomitsu. The exhibition will inaugurate CCNY’s new space at 126 Baxter Street, between Canal and Hester.
For the exhibition, Fryd Frydendahl and Megumi Tomomitsu, who also collaborate under the name of Birds Production by Bird Mitsudahl, will present a solo exhibition by Frydendahl curated by Tomomitsu. Referencing personal experience heavily in her work, Frydendahl uses the birth of Tomomitsu’s daughter Mon as a source of inspiration for the show, presenting a unique collaborative dialogue between artist and curator.
As a transcontinental artist practicing both in New York City and Copenhagen, Frydendahl explores the multicultural influences of a child growing up in New York City. Mon’s Future presents a series of portraits of women as analog photographs digitally printed with a gradient. While individually each portrait explores a certain type of American women together the series presents a collective voice that transcends any particular culture.
Fryd Frydendahl divides her time between New York and Denmark. Born on the west coast of Denmark in 1984, Frydendahl graduated from the Danish school of art photography Fatamorgana in 2006 and from The International Center of Photography in General Studies in 2009. She has published three books, Familiealbum ,The Summer of Yes, and most recently “Vinter” (Winter) in 2013. In 2014 she had her debut as a curator for the exhibition “Sådan ser blå mærker ud i himlen” at Tys Gallery in Copenhagen and at the same time she had a solo exhibition, Salad Days, at V1 Gallery. Frydendahl is the recipient of grants from Fogtdahls Rejsestipendie, The Henry Margolis Foundation, and Josephine Lyons Merit Scholarship. She was a part of the 2011 CCNY Darkroom Residency program and The Art Hvide Sande Residency. Frydendahl was the recipient of the honorary award Shok at the Fatamorgana photo festival in Hven this past summer.
Megumi Tomomitsu is a New York based photographer. Born in Kobe and raised in Tokyo, she has lived and worked in New York since attending the International Center of Photography in 2009. Megumi received a BA in Social Studies in 2002 from the International Christian University, Tokyo including multiple units in Art History. In 2009 she made the installation and performance Fantastic Plastic for FLOAT in the Socrates Sculpture Park. The performance was based on her photography series Fantastic Plastic Collection. She has done a number of music videos together with Fryd Frydendahl, as the other half
of their collective Birds Production by Bird Mitsudahl, including Falling In Love and Tæv til alle. Her most recent work was the group exhibition ‘Sådan ser blå mærker ud i himlen’, an installation of photographs at TYS in Copenhagen in 2014.
Baxter Street’s first show fittingly focuses on family and on days to come. Mon’s Future, an exhibition by Fryd Frydendahl curated by Megumi Tomomitsu, imagines who a baby girl might grow up to become, and who she might fall in love with. We talked to Fryd, a graduate of Morten Bo’s acclaimed alternative Copenhagen photo school Fatamorgana, to find out more about her unusual way of predicting the future. Vice Media.