FOTOGALLERIET ANNIVERSARY YEAR:
FOTOGALLERIET ANNIVERSARY YEAR:
WHAT REMAINS. Kristina Bengtsson, Liv Bugge, Toril Johannessen, Ditte Knus Tønnesen and Tori Wrånes feat. Clare Milledge: 10.02. — 19.03.2017
NORDIC ANTHOLOGY #1: 10.02. – 21.02.2017
CAMERA MOVEMENT #1: 10.02. – 15.02.2017
OPENING: THURSDAY 09.02., 7PM at FOTOGALLERIET
The 9th of February marks the inception of Fotogalleriet’s forty-year anniversary program, which will be running through the entire year of 2017. During this year Fotogalleriet aims to reflect on its own existence by mapping a constellation of photographic and image usages through various parallel exhibition formats and discussion platforms. Throughout 2017, four main exhibitions will enter into a dialogue with a bi-monthly exhibition platform for recently graduated Nordic artists - Nordic Anthology -, a weekly film- and video program conceived by guest curators - Camera Movement - and the newly established archive making Fotogalleriet’s historical exhibition material accessible to the public for the first time. Additional platforms and events will deepen the topics discussed in the program throughout 2017.
WHAT REMAINS is the first main exhibition of the year and shows work by Kristina Bengtsson, Liv Bugge, Toril Johannessen, Ditte Knus Tønnesen and Tori Wrånes feat. Clare Milledge. Curated by Silja Leifsdottir, the exhibition is accompanied by the publication GR-09022017 which includes work by over 100 photographers and artists, amongst them Adam Jeppesen, Alec Soth, Annika von Hausswolff, Anouk Kruithof, Daisuke Yokota, Emil Salto, Espen Tveit, Lina Selander, Lorenzo Vitturi, Lucas Blalock, Pieter Hugo, Pipilotti Rist, Torbjørn Rødland, Tracey Moffatt and Wolfgang Tillmans.
WHAT REMAINS is inspired by the Voyager Golden Records, an archive established in 1977 and sent out into space as a coded record, intended as a greeting to extraterrestrial life and/or our future descendants. The record was placed on board the Voyager spacecraft and is currently orbiting in space, not heading toward any particular star, but estimated to pass within 1.6 light-years of the star Gliese 445, currently in the constellation Camelopardalis, in about 40,000 years. The project was directed by NASA in collaboration with the astronomer and writer Carl Sagan and his team. This archive contains a choice of sounds, music, images and greetings in 54 different languages that is intended to represent the diversity of life and culture on Earth. According to Carl Sagan they decided not to include any artwork, due to the team’s lack of competence on the subject. However, a total of 118 photographs were chosen to fill in the gaps of unique information about our civilization that the other aspects could not.
Photography as a medium makes it somewhat possible for us to travel into an unknown future and to ensure that we will never be forgotten. Even if photographs are meant to preserve a moment, there exists a fine line between the preservation of a memory and its reconstruction. And to the questions of who the Earth’s habitants are, there are of course as many answers as there are people. The power lies with the storyteller, in this case Carl Sagan and NASA, thus the archive becomes, among other things, a view on the world from the eyes of America.
It is tempting to make one’s own list. To describe the world, our time, its place in space, its cultures and lifestyles, its arts and technologies, everything. Or at least enough to get the idea across. But then add one stipulation: assume not only that your audience does not speak your language, but that it has never even heard of Earth or the rest of the solar system. An audience that lives, say, on a planet orbiting another star, light-years from anything you would recognize as home.
In 2017 we celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the Golden Records, but also the 40-year anniversary of Fotogalleriet. In this context it is natural to start thinking about “photography today”, looking into the future and comparing it with the past. Contemporary art and photography, because it is always in formation, necessarily admits its own instabilities, its limits and powers, and how images and practices clarify social relationships as well as destabilize positions and scramble histories. Images do not smoothly translate between eras, or between places. There will always be friction and slippage within interpretation; time itself distorts, erodes, and recodes meanings. So to intentionally exclude art historians and artists from writing our history seems a mistake, as artists invent new tools with which to mine the rich interface between past, present, and future.
Grappling with history whilst attempting to map the current also involves forecasting about—and in some respects producing —the future. The responsibility is daunting, because for every story you choose to tell, there is a story that is not told. Not knowing who your audience is, makes it an even bigger challenge, but it is important to continue to do so, because no ones sends a message on a long journey without a positive hope for the future, for it being a future, and an audience.
WHAT REMAINS opens parallel with:
Nordic Anthology#1: Gruppe 11
Camera Movement #1: Werner Herzog, Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
List of participating artists publication GR-09022017:
Adam Fuss / Adam Golfer / Adam Jeppesen / Alec Soth / Alejandra Laviada / Alejandro Cartagena / Aleksander Rodchenko / Ana-Maria Preduț / Andrew Hammerand / Anne Collier / Annika von Hausswolff / Anouk Kruithof / Arseny Zhilyaev / Awoiska van der Molen / Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme / Beatrix Pang / Bjarne Bare / Bogdan Bordeianu / Brud / Carolyn Drake / Chen Kun Hui / Ching Chin Wai / Christina Leithe Hansen / Daisuke Yokota / Daniel Stier / David Fathi / Doug Dubois / Eliza Hutchison / Emil Salto / Espen Gleditsch / Espen Tveit / Eva Stenram / Federico Ciamei / Francesca Catastini / Giulia Mangione / Godwin Koay / Guadalupe Ruiz / Guy Tillim / Hajime Kimura / Ingrid Eggen / Jaap Scheeren / Jetmir Idrizi / Judith Joy Ross / Ka-Man Tse / Katrin Koenning / Kiluanji Kia Henda / Lau Wai / Lina Selander / Lisa Oppenheim / Lorena Guillen Vaschetti / Lorenzo Vitturi / Lucas Blalock / Mame-Diarra Niang / Marianna Dellekamp / Marie Sjøvold / Mariela Sancari / Marwa Arsanios / Matt Lipps / Mihai Șovăială / Mikhael Subotzky / Ming Wong / Morten Andenæs / Mårten Lange / Nadia Mounier / Nico Krebs & Taiyo Onorato / Nicu Ilfoveanu / Ola Rindal / Oleg Samoilov / Patricia Piccinini / Peter Puklus / Pieter Hugo / Pipilotti Rist / Preben Holst / Sabelo Mlangeni / Sandrine Lopez / Setareh Shahbazi / Shimpei Takeda / Shirana Shahbazi / Sonja Thomsen / Susan Derges / Sveinn Fannar Jóhannsson / Tereza Zelenkova / Torbjørn Rødland / Tracey Moffatt / Trevor Paglen / Veronica Gerber Bicecci / Vik Lai / Vittorio Mortarotti / Viviane Sassen / Vlad Albu / Vojtech Veskrna / Wawi Navarroza / Wendy Ewald / Wolfgang Tillmans / Yafei Qi / Yakov Chernikhov / Yamamoto Masao / Yvonne Todd
Co-curated by: Charlotte Cotton, Pippa Milne, Edson Chagas, Nina Strand, Mariela Sancari, Mahmoud Khaled, Shimpei Takeda, Tim Clark, Ivan Galuzin, Alina Șerban, Beatrix Pang, Anouk Kruithof
Exhibited artists Gruppe 11: Hedvig Biong in conversation with Pete Fleming, Elias Björn in conversation with Ragnhild Aamås, Eivind Egeland in conversation with Maria Lyngstad Willassen, Audar Kantun in conversation with Lina Norell, Carl-Oskar Linné in conversation with Allyce Wood, Marius Moldvær in conversation with Lewis & Taggart, Arne Pedersen in conversation with Karen Nikgol, Marthe Elise Stramrud in conversation with Gunnhild Torgersen, Ellen Henriette Suhrke in conversation with Kristine Dragland
Curators Camera Movement:
Marte Aas, Lene Berg, Synne Bull & Dragan Miletic, Rhea Dall, Ingrid Erstad, Ingrid Forland & Vebjørn Guttormsgaard Møllberg, Ida Lykken Ghosh, Christina Leithe Hansen, Hilde Honerud, Geir Haraldseth, Silja Leifsdottir, Iselin Linstad Hauge, Farhad Kalantary, Helga-Marie Nordby, Per Platou, Greg Pope, Kjersti Solbakken, Susanne Sæther, Stephanie von Spreter, Leif Magne Tangen & Sarah Schipschack, Nina Toft, Caroline Ugelstad, Jeremy Welsh, Sara Rundgren Yazdani, Martina Petrelli.