Swedish born Bertil Nilsson’s photographs capture the extensions of freedom capable by the human form. Focussing mainly on dancers and contemporary circus performers, his work evolves from the familiar, pushing limits of balance and contortion to show the body in its rawest beauty. Nilsson sends the message that the body is not something to be covered up but to be celebrated; its capabilities should be explored and played with.
Nilsson currently works in London producing commercial and personal creations through photography and moving image. Alongside this his work is still showcased around the world. Most recently, his ongoing project Naturally has seen a solo exhibit in The Netherlands’ Galerie Wilms. Naturally centres around photographing dancers within nature, created over many countries including Spain, England, Germany and Australia. The end results are both devilish and playful; colours contrast subjects from their backgrounds whilst the bodies themselves move with a vigour otherwise devoid from their gentle surroundings. Naturally, like all of Nilsson’s work, mesmerises and educates in the movement of the human body.
Published in 2011, Bertil Nilsson has also created his first book Undisclosed: Images of the Contemporary Circus Artist, complete with an essay by Laura Noble, Director of L A Noble Gallery in London. What started as a way to document the circus practice developed to take away the props, costumes and lighting, leaving only the physical bodies and the process of creating performances.
Currently, Bertil is working on his upcoming instillation Luminescence which is to be showcased in the Roundhouse in London, England. The site-specific piece has been commissioned especially for CircusFest 2014 which aims to show contemporary circus from around the world over the five week event. For more information on Luminescence, click here.