“It is a journey in the middle of Turkey. In the midst of its everyday life,” states the description of Finn Larsen’s exhibition, currently displayed at The David Collection in Copenhagen, a well-respected museum that holds Scandinavia’s largest collection of Islamic art, among the 10 most important in the Western world. Larsen’s exhibition, titled Travels in Turkey, is a photographic series of Turkey through a Danish photographer’s eye; it is of a journey that started as a coincidence but ended as being the photographer’s reality.
At around the midway point in my tour of the David Collection, I have lost all sense of time and, to a certain extent, space. This is partly due to the museum’s contents – a mesmerising array of Islamic art from several centuries and continents, in a very modern setting – but also its bewildering size.