Interview with IPI Intern, Tina Anckarman

Tina began her internship at IPI on May 1st, 2008. She was given a six month sabbatical from her position as conservator at the Museet for Fotokunst (Museum of Photographic Art), Brandts, in Odense, Denmark. Tina While at IPI, Tina focused on completing her Masters degree in Photographic Conservation.

Tina Kornelia Anckarman

Where were you born?
Stockholm, Sweden

What is your field or your primary area of interest?

What was your very first job?
Hmmmm - job? My grandfather forced me to pick his damn strawberries every summer when I was a kid, but it didn’t pay. Does it still count? My first paying job was as an art model at Malmö Konstskola in Sweden.

What would your dream job be?
Something that includes moving around, getting to know new people, new experiences... a nice climate wouldn't hurt either! Sounds like I should be a bartender on a cruise ship somewhere in the South Pacific! Oh no, I'll take it back!

When and how did you hear about IPI?
At Conservation School in Copenhagen. We read a book written by Mr. Jim Reilly (Care and Identification of 19th Century Photographic Prints).

What made you want to come to IPI for an internship?
Well, when I arrived here, my Danish supervisor, Mogens Koch, sent me an e-mail – one sentence: “Welcome to Mecca.” Do I need to say more?

Why does preservation matter to you?
Because history is our best teacher when learning to behave as decent people. To make a long thought very, very short... no history - no insight - no respect and understanding for others.

What is your favorite work of art or your favorite artist?
What kind of question is that? Madonna del Parto by Piero della Francesca is one favorite, as are many of the Italian masterpieces. Work by Paolo Uccello and Caravaggio among others impresses me a lot. As for living artists, Fiona Tan is brilliant, and so is Loretta Lux.

What other hobbies or significant interests do you have?
Art, art, and art. Not only visual, all kinds of art, both as a viewer and an artist – I spend as much time as possible at a printmaking workshop where I was accepted as a member some years ago. Lovely place! I also see a lot of documentary movies. Surprisingly enough, I love to see a game of ice hockey! My Swedish team is HV71, but if we’re talking NHL, I’ll have to pick a Canadian team - Toronto Maple Laves surely! I guess I’m simply curious about the world.

What book (or books) would you take with you to a desert island?
An empty hard-cover drawing book so I could spend my time filling it out until the very last inch of it was covered.

What is your most treasured possession?
I guess that must be an icon, which I smuggled out from St. Petersburg under my coat some 16-17 years ago. It's not all that criminal, a Russian guy told me it was probably done by an art student. But I like it a lot!

What is your greatest indulgence?

What was the most surprising thing to you about IPI?
The feeling of being a part of the crew so shortly after getting here. The atmosphere at IPI is so lovely; it makes you want to stay! I think everyone at IPI is very lucky to be working in such a fantastic team (and to tell you the truth, I envy you a bit :-)).

Please explain in a few sentences what your project at IPI is, what you are doing, what you are learning.
I am an intern and I’m here to learn about researching the properties, behavior, and deterioration of digital prints. Ink jet prints are the main focus of my master thesis. One important thing I’ve learned is patience and that with every answered question comes a whole lot of new ones. As my project developed, it was spreading into directions I didn’t expect. That led me to close by fields – so I guess I could say my viewing became wider, which is a very good thing.