Morten Nilsson. Dancers

In this series of portraits of ballroom dancers, Nilson looks at an unusual world, with its own specific rules and rituals. Nilson’s attention was caught by the stiffness of the poses, the dancers’ stances, and the dress style of his teenage subjects. The beauty and perfection of their aesthetic aspiration clashes with the imperfect image of the teenager in the throes of becoming an adult. The faces of the dancers are immobile masks, almost lifeless and inhuman, with all of the frailty and imperfection of an immature body in transition.


Morten Nilsson was born in 1967, in Denmark where he currently lives and works. He has exhibited his work internationally, including at Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales; Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi, Belgium; and Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Florida. He is represented by Bendixen Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, ClampArt in New York, and Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery in Dallas.