Dislocating Surfaces – New Scandinavian Photography
Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo Norway
May 13 – June 26 2016
In 2015 MELK released the book New Scandinavian Photography in collaboration with the London based publisher Black Dog Publishing. The aim of the publication was to survey a young generation of Scandinavian artists who are developing new critical dialogues with photography that both acknowledge and dispute traditional boundaries.
The exhibition should not be seen as a representation of the book, the ambition has rather been to present a new project which further explores the different positions manifested in the book, adding a new set of artists to the list. The artists presented at Kunstnernes Hus all elaborate on the photographic within and beyond a medium-specific discourse. They explore material processes and ideas concerning surface and depth, they enter in a dialogue with other mediums such as painting, sculpture and film, and actively engage with the exhibition space itself. With bold, playful and seductive means, these artists manifest a photography that confidently engages with new spaces and formats and that freely opens itself to experimentation and chance.
The participating artists will all show new works produced for the occasion. They are: Emil Salto (DK), Linda Hofvander (SE), Kristina Bengtsson (SE), Sveinn Fannar Jóhannsson (NO), Markus von Platen (DK), Espen Gleditsch (NO), Sandra Vaka Olsen (NO), Flemming Ove Bech (DK), Kamilla Langeland (NO) and Linn Pedersen (NO). Dislocating Surfaces will be installed in Kunstnernes Hus’ ground floor, the Foyer included.
Since 2009 MELK has curated almost 40 solo exhibitions in their space in Oslo, and also organised group exhibitions, talks and seminars in other respected venues such as Akershus Kunstsenter, Fotogalleriet, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium and Astrup Fearnley. They have also been represented internationally in a number of venues, including NYC Art Book Fair and Nofound Art Fair Paris.
Installation photos by MELK