In Mount Cavernous E.B Itso presents a new series of photographic works that explores the intersection of primitivism and contemporary culture. The works revolve around caves and our primal urge to investigate and pursue the mystery of the uncharted. Our prehistoric impulse to excavate for shelter or out of curiosity. The same impulse that drove our relatives to paint in the Chauvet Cave in France, and for us to rediscover it.
E.B. Itso’s practice often deals with neglected or overlooked spaces in and around the city, and the relationship between the densely populated parts of society and rural areas. He has a special interest in people living off the common grid, people and locations in the periphery and the roads less traveled. In his works there is a human engagement that transgress registration, a fascination with the mundane and the overlooked, a care for the strange and hidden. In E.B Itso’s practice there is an implicit social critique, he questions the dominant perception of what formulates a good life and a sustainable society.
Since 2002 E.B. Itso has collaborated with Swedish artist Adams, building clandestine apartments, imaginatively hidden in the midst of a busy city life. Besides urban constructions E.B. Itso also works within the field of film, photography and public messages, combining these expressions with explorative journeys, far or near. This is E.B Itso’s first solo exhibiton with V1 Gallery.