Ida Arentoft is a Danish visual artist who graduated with a degree in Fine Art Photography from The Glasgow School of Art in 2010. Her photographs construct individual and collective memories of the land, and explore how we relate and belong to a place. In her practice she investigates aspects of time, memory, light, perceptions of land and concepts of numerous realities in photography by using the camera as a tool to record her journeys.
Her work is often inspired by remote locations and by navigating in landscapes. Arentoft is interested in creating a visual archive by recording the passing of time and transient moments that all connect to a sense of place. The motifs in the pictures are often allusions, placed somewhere in-between fiction and reality. She is interested in notions of indeterminacy and thereby in an investigation of the ability of a photograph to suggest multiple stories.
Alongside her own practice, Ida Arentoft teaches photography in, for instance, museums, galleries and at photo festivals for various community groups. Arentoft has exhibited internationally at places such as Copenhagen Photo Festival, Fotografisk Center, Photo Collect Fair, Street Level Photoworks, Project Ability and The Art Foundation Metamatic: Taf. Her work has been selected for ‘Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed’ by The Photographer’s Gallery and for ‘Young Danish Photography’ by Fotografisk Center and Galleri Image. Danish Women’s Library has commissioned her photographs for publication in various articles and she has recently completed a residency with The Bothy Project in Scotland.