Writing Images – Fotogalleriet's stories and beyond
Writing Images – Fotogalleriet's stories and beyond
A book about the stories of photographic images – their importance for our lives and our view on the world.
A book about the stories of photographic images – their importance for our lives and our view on the world. Read more
This book will look at contemporary image creation from the perspective of a photographic gallery that represents the most important tendencies in contemporary photographic art today. It will be the first book to sum up forty years of exhibition history and developments in photographic art from a Nordic perspective. At the same time it will present a new approach to photographic image-culture by drawing parallels between historical art works, exhibitions and contemporary photography.
The book presents newly produced works by renowned artists and photographers including Morten Andersen, Liv Bugge, Sofia Borges, Andreas Bunte, David Campany, Ane Hjort Guttu, Beate Gütschow, Thomas Hirschhorn, Ritta Ikonen & Karoline Hjorth, Timo Kelaranta, Katja Mater, Melvin Moti, Trollkrem (Tor Erik Bøe & Jennie Hagevik Bringaker) and Shirana Shahbazi.
It will also include newly commissioned texts by 'Famous New Media Artist' Jeremy Bailey and Aby Warburg scholar Katia Mazzucco – including interviews with Estelle Blaschke, Constanza Caraffa, Jeremy Deller, Anthony Hamber, Adam Lowe and Andrea Pinotti.
Material from Fotogalleriet Archives will be set to establish a dialogue with contemporary perspectives on photography.
“Bleed is very proud to have been invited to collaborate with Fotogalleriet on the design of the ambitious and important anniversary book project to be launched in 2018. We already got to know Fotogalleriet through the graphic design we made in relation to their graphic profile and web pages and have thereby had the opportunity to see how one of the Nordic region’s most important photography galleries operates both today and historically. We are looking forward to being part of this important undertaking and bringing Fotogalleriet’s important work into the limelight.“ —Dag Solhaug Laska, Bleed
“We wish to publish the book Writing Images – Fotogalleriet’s stories and beyond, because Fotogalleriet represents an artistic programme of high quality and professionalism. At the same time, we would like to contribute to strengthening Fotogalleriet’s position in an international context to make this important part of the Nordic photography scene accessible to a wider public.” —Klaus Kehrer, Kehrer Forlag
Even though the work with the book is well underway, full funding is required to realize the project. Three respected photographers: Terje Abusdal, Dag Alveng and Tonje Bøe Birkeland are contributing to the publication by making exclusive prints available through this Kickstarter campaign. This is a unique chance to purchase original photographic prints far below market price and at the same time give support to the book project.
Fotogalleriet was established by Dag Alveng, Tom Sandberg and Bjørn Høyum in 1977 and is a non-profit exhibition space for camera-based contemporary art. Over a period of 40 years, Fotogalleriet has been vital in making the photographic medium recognized form of artistic expression. Today, the gallery functions as a knowledge center for camera-based contemporary art, with a comprehensive exhibition program being at the core of its undertakings. During its 40th anniversary, the gallery examined its archival material to reflect on the existence and pursuits of a photographic gallery and how we can talk about photographic art today. This was demonstrated by using different approaches to the medium including exhibitions, seminars and other dissemination formats. The publication builds on and further develops this concept and will add new knowledge to the art field.
By supporting this campaign you support the production of a book that will be an important and unique contribution to the history of photography. Be a pioneer and support this project, both on a small and a big level!
Book Editors: Stephanie von Spreter and Martina Petrelli, Fotogalleriet
Kickstarter Video Footage: Fotogalleriet Video Archives
Text and Montage: Martina Petrelli
Sound Design and Music: Simon Daniel Tegnander Wenzel
Voiceover: Anne Ødegård
A very special thanks to those that supported the creation of this crowdfunding campaign: Dag Alveng, Tonje Bøe Birkeland, Terje Abusdal, Tine Bek, Pete Fleming, Anna Ihle, Hanne Lillee, Helle Siljeholm, Per Platou, Simon Daniel Tegnander Wenzel, Anne Ødegård, Ane Hjort Guttu, Nicholas John Jones, Istvan Virag, Stephanie Stadler, Frida Marie Edlund, Annika Hagstrøm and Ane Sund Sjøvold.
Kickstarter Video Footage credits (in order of appearance):
・Morten Børresen, Brainspace-Spacebrain, 1983, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, November 1983, U-matic, 4 min
・Maria Pask, Fickparade, 74 min
・Elisabeth Mathisen & Tommy Olson, IKB 666 (part one; true stories), Performance Festival Zoom, Oslo, 14.06.1997
・Mattias Härenstam, Closer, 2000, Mini-DV, 3 min 30 sec
・Inger Lise Hansen, Triptych, 2000, 16 mm film, 4 min
・Heli Rekula, Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, 1998, S-16 mm film, Digital Betacam, 4 min 47 sec
・Oleg Kulik, Armadillo For Your Show, 1996, Performance Festival Zoom, Oslo, 14.06.1997
・Thord Norman, Karl Wetterström, Spänningar, 'Fantasiöppet', Gerard Röhl, TV2, Stockholm, 59 min
・Goksøyr / Martens (Toril Goksøyr & Camilla Martens), Fall, 2001, 'G/M Salong 1998-2001', The Stenersen Museum, 2 min 30 sec
・Kjartan Slettemark, Individiohead, 1999, 'Fantasiöppet', Gerard Röhl, TV2, Stockholm, 59 min
・Tor-Magnus Lundeby, Mermaid Boy, Performance Festival Zoom, Oslo, 14.06.1997
・Leif Gaute Staurland, Contact by Conversion, Performance Festival Zoom, Oslo, 14.06.1997
・Frans Krook, 'Fantasiöppet', Gerard Röhl, TV2, Stockholm, 59 min
・Geir Tore Holm, Christmas Show, 1998, Fotogalleriet, Documentary, 6 min 30 sec
・Johnny Yen, Crystal Ball, 33 min 55 sec
・Hans Jardal, Spiken, 'Fantasiöppet', Gerard Röhl, TV2, Stockholm, 59 min
・Goksøyr / Martens (Toril Goksøyr & Camilla Martens), What has to be done?, 1998, 'G/M Salong 1998-2001', Performance at UKS, 9 min 30 sec
Risks and challenges
WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE
・A fantastic graphic design studio for our publication: Bleed (www.bleed.no)
・An incredible publishing house with international distribution: Kehrer Verlag (www.kehrerverlag.com)
・The support of the Norwegian Freedom of Expression foundation (Fritt Ord)
・The support of the Norwegian Ministry of Culture (Kulturdepartementet)
・The support of The Arts Council of Norway (Kulturrådet)
・The confirmation of enthusiastic writers and artists for the book
・Amazing support from the gallery’s 40th anniversary projects and its collaborators
・An exciting book-launch at the Rencontres d'Arles in July 2018
・A grand Norwegian book-launch in August/September 2018
・If the production timeline slows down, the publication will be ready in August / September rather than in July.
・In order to increase the chances of succeeding with our campaign we have cut the budget to the bone. There is a risk that this will influence the production quality of the publication, where we aim for the highest standards. Help us by supporting a high-quality production with the best photographs, design and printing mastercrafts!
・If this Kickstarter campaign is unsuccessful, we will not be able to produce the book.
・We aim to engage with an international audience through this unique and important project. Getting it across the five continents will only be possible thanks to our incredible supporters!
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