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Norwegian Documentary Photography

- It´s been a pleasure to work in collaboration with the Fritt Ord Foundation to strengthen the position of documentary photography internationally and in Norway, says Tone Hansen, director at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter.

This fall the art center at Høvikodden presents 35 photographers with projects spanning the last decade in the exhibition Norwegian Documentary Photography. While the photographers are Norwegian, they work from all over the world and presents a variety of themes and subjects.

-The complexity of documentary photography increases day by day, and the exhibition reflects a great diversity of documentary expressions, both in the field of photographic photography and in contemporary art, says the curator at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter Susanne Østby Sæther.

All projects presented in the exhibition are the result of dedicated photographic research over time, made possible through support from the Fritt Ord Foundation and the Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP). The exhibtion presents a wide range of expressions, forms of work and themes. Overall, the exhibition offers several ways of seeing and understanding the events and situations that shape the world we live in today.

The Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP) is an arena that brings together and supports selected Norwegian documentary photography projects and presents them in a publication every other year. NJP was established in 2011 and is part of the Fritt Ord Foundations commitment to strengthen the position of documentary photography in Norway. In conjunction to the exhibition Norwegian Documentary Photography at Høvikodden, the fourth publication in the series will be published.

Photographers in the exhibition:

Terje Abusdal, Paul S. Amundsen, Morten Andersen, Oddleiv Apneseth, Jonas Bendiksen, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Eirik Brekke, Tonje Bøe Birkeland, Tomm W. Christiansen, Margaret M. de Lange, Tommy Ellingsen, Andrea Gjestvang, Katinka Goldberg, Damian Michał Heinisch, Elin Høyland, Camilla Jensen, Anne-Stine Johnsbråten, Ellen Lande Gossner, Monica Larsen Vegstein, Ivar Kvaal, Kyrre Lien, Eivind H. Natvig, Karin Beate Nøsterud, Mathilde Helene Pettersen, Therese Alice Sanne, Ulla Schildt, Rebecca Shirin Jafari, Marie Sjøvold, Helge Skodvin, Monica Strømdahl Fred Ivar Utsi Klemetsen, Ingvild Vaale Arnesen, Knut Egil Wang, Adrian Øhrn Johansen and Line Ørnes Søndergaard.

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In brief:

  • Title: Norwegian Documentary Photography
  • Curator: Susanne Østby Sæther
  • In collaboration with: Fritt Ord and NJP
  • The fourth edition of the Norwegian Journal of Photography is released in conjunction to the opening
  • Press preview: August 22 at 10am
  • Official exhibition opening: August 22 at 7 pm
  • Exhibition period: 23 August 2019 to 12 January 2020
  • Address: Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Sonja Henies vei 31, 1311 Høvikodden
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 11 am-5pm, Monday closed


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The Henie Onstad Kunstsenter is a leading venue for 20th century and contemporary art, as well as music and experimental sound works. The Art Centre is located in a large sculpture park by the fjord, about 15 minutes drive from Oslo in Norway.

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