We can’t wait for you to discover Fotogalleriet’s new exhibition for the autumn – including a specially developed immersive and sensorial installation.

The largest solo exhibition to date of the Norwegian artist Petrine Vinje, ‘Depot.Depository.Rays.’ will tell the story of her encounter with the Czech photographer František Drtíkol (1883-1961), internationally celebrated as a master of Modernism and widely known for his studio work on portraits and nudes. A historically controversial figure, Drtíkol deployed geometrical and organic forms at the interplay of light and shadow, in a parallel visual exploration developed by the avant-gardes during the interwar years.

In this project for Fotogalleriet, Petrine Vinje will alter the exhibition space with a site-specific intervention to address the rise and fall of Drtíkol, as a paradigmatic figure of the modern photographer passing from glamour to a mounting oblivion. Vinje's new Fotogalleriet commission will be a call to rethink a consciousness built through unquestioned categories equated with gender; a denunciation needed to rethink unproblematically constituted subjects defined by a relation of domination-subordination. Can we remake a historical situation, to deconstruct a gaze that is institutionally imposed upon us?


Petrine Vinje’s research practice looks at how power is exercised within the aesthetic realm. Vinje holds an MA from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) and participated in a number of group exhibitions both locally and internationally. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions in Norway at Tegnerforbundet (2017), Kunstnerforbundet (2009), Akershus Kunstsenter (2011) and SOFT galleri (2012).
Vinje conducted the interdisciplinary project AGLA HAGLA – examining the National Runic Archive's content and sources – under the Arts Council Norway’s initiative What is the Archive?, which resulted in a publication and exhibition at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo during the autumn of 2014, as well as in associate programmes such as the international conference The Power of Motifs, held at the University of Oslo during the autumn of 2017. In 2015-16, Vinje was also the recipient of a yearlong artist-in-residency at the Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia in Bamberg, Germany, through a grant from the Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst.


The exhibition is supported by Arts Council Norway (Kulturrådet), the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Culture (Kulturdepartementet), the Norwegian Government Exhibition Grants (Statens Utstillingsstipend) and the Relief Fund for Visual Artists (Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond). Collaborating partners include the Moravian Gallery (Moravská Galerie), Brno, Czech Republic.