- South African photography- First edition limited to 500 copiesSouth African artist Nico Krijno's works are a vibrating riot of color, objects and patterns tearing through photography's overpopulated landscape. With a unique and highly stylized vision that finds its form in prints, objects, books and other ephemera, Krijno is a trailblazer exploring the limits of photographic space. Though concerned with bringing the age-old tradition of the still life into an image-saturated culture, there is nothing still in his still lives. Like unwieldy sculptures built from the fragments left over from the digital explosion that has burst photography open at the seams, they are restless, humming with an impatient energy that suggests they will topple the second after the shutter has clicked. In true contemporary form, they refuse to be bound to any one dimension, any one reality. Asserting his role as maker, the processes of creation always remain present. Looking resolutely forward as well as back, Krijno's practice is a frenetic research into how to stretch photography's identity as far and wide as possible.
Nico Krijno (1981) is a Cape Town-based, South African artist working with staged photography, montage and bookmaking, in a practice that investigates contemporary visual codes, symbols and patterns and the history of the image.