RAABJERG takes outset in the changing landscape of northern Jutland in Denmark. The landscape changed due to climatological changes and human resource extraction, and the following attempts at ‘restoring’ and ‘reestablishing’ a ‘natural’ landscape.
The narrative pivot point is the violent sand drift in the 16th-19th centuries; how it manifested itself and completely transformed the once fertile landscape into a barren wasteland. Different governments – from kings to elected parliaments – enacted laws tried to reverse it. After 200 years, they ‘succeeded’ in re-transforming the landscape back to a controlled state, especially suited for tourism.
However, today, the dune landscapes are considered ‘natural’, and conservation efforts are now directed at preserving these. Obviously, any landscape is in a state of constant transition, and these efforts then beg the question: How do you preserve transition?
The project RAABJERG of Danish artist Rune Peitersen consists of a publication and a film. The film will premiere at the Biennale für Aktuele Fotografie in Mannheim (DE) in March 2022.
Specifications: Jap Sam Books ・ 2022 ・ Softcover, Japanese binding ・ 22x28.5 cm. / 288 pages ・ English / Danish ・ 978-94-92852-57-1