Photograph by Birgitta Lund, The Garden:
The Garden is a contemporary photographic tale that uses Tivoli Gardens, an old amusement park in the middle of Copenhagen Denmark as an allegory. Here people of all different nationalities and ethnicities meet in a world of fantasy. An imaginary Orient with fake palaces and minarets is the backdrop of the place. It’s a surreal world, yet it mirrors the dreams and fears of life outside the entrance.
“When I started the project I lived very close to Tivoli and often came there at night. I started to see Tivoli and the people visiting the place as an allegory. There was to me an unnerving, surreal similarity between the images of war & conflict flickering on my screen at home, and Tivoli’s imaginary Orient, flashing light, and the seduced gaze of the visitors”, says Birgitta Lund.
A monograph titled The Garden (2013) was published by Space Poetry (Denmark). The book will be distributed in the U.S. by bookdummypress. Included in the book is a conversation between the photographer and American journalist and documentary filmmaker Brian Palmer.
For more information on the project, visit Lund’s website here.