Out in the cold: Photo series by Hale Güngör Oppenheimer

One of the biggest events of our lives is when we leave home and strike out on our own. But unlike a wedding or your first day at school, there's often not one singular moment when we leave the place and people that nurtured us. More often that not, we gradually drift away...

That's the central theme of these striking artworks by Hale Güngör Oppenheimer, an artist originally from Mollis, Switzerland and now living and working in Stockholm, Sweden. In a new series titled 'Subaquatic', Oppenheimer combines images of houses in Mollis, which she's gathered from Google Maps, with images of icebergs that she's created herself.

The thematic connection between the buildings the artist has said goodbye to and the chunks of polar ice, which have also broken off from their homeland and continued to exist as separate entities, is both immediate and poignant.

And the series, which went on show earlier this year at the Pg Gallery in Istanbul, Turkey, poses a question: just as an iceberg hides 91 per cent of its mass below the surface, how much do we hide away from our sense of loss at leaving home?


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