Book Launch and Signing: Terje Abusdal’s Slash & Burn

Fotogalleriet is pleased to announce the release of Terje Abusdal’s Slash & Burn, the 2017 Nordic Dummy Award winner. The book will be launched during The Rencontres d'Arles in France.

Book Launch and Signing: Thursday, 5 July 2018 at 4.30pm
Kehrer Pop-Up Gallery, 16 Bis rue du Grand Prieuré – Arles, France

The book Slash & Burn plays with different genres by juxtaposing documentary, archival and staged photography, and restituting the complex life of "The Forest of the Finns" today. Finnskogen – directly translated as The Forest of the Finns – is a large, contiguous forest belt along the Norwegian-Swedish border, where farming families from Finland settled in the early 1600s. The immigrants – called Forest Finns – were slash-and-burn farmers. This ancient agricultural method yielded plentiful crops, but required large forested areas as the soil was quickly exhausted. The Forest Finns’ understanding of nature was rooted in an Eastern shamanistic tradition, and they are often associated with magic and mystery. This photographic project draws on these beliefs while investigating what it means to be a Forest Finn today, some 400 years and twelve generations later.

"Throughout Slash & Burn, the conventional clarity of the photographic image is often blurred and obscured – by smoke, mist, vapour, dust and darkness – which transform the solidity of the world we think we know into something much more ethereal and atmospheric. (...) And in a sense, when it comes to this field, Abusdal’s artistic approach is in itself a form of slash-and-burn cultivation, in that through various forms of photographic disorientation, deconstruction and destruction, he creates a new, fertile layer of information and meaning; photographic ashes which are rich with the nutrients needed for newfound notions of personal understanding and cultural identity to grow."
—from the text by Aaron Schuman

Please feel free to contact Fotogalleriet’s Head of Communication Hans E. Thorsen ([email protected]), if you have any further queries about Slash & Burn and the Nordic Dummy Award.

For further details, press images, permissions and review copies, please contact Kehrer Verlag’s press office through Barbara Karpf, Public Relations ([email protected]) and Sandra Dürdoth, Distribution ([email protected])


Terje Abusdal (b. 1978) is a visual storyteller working at the intersection between fact and fiction. He lives and works in Oslo. Abusdal was the recipient of the prestigious Leica Oskar Barnack Award, and shortlisted as a finalist at the Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award and Unseen Dummy Award (all in 2017). Abusdal has exhibited widely, including Paris Photo (2017), Grand Palais, Paris, France, and his work will be on view at Jaipur Photo Festival, Jaipur, India; Finnskogutstillingen, Forest of the Finns, Norway; and Noorderlicht International Photofestival, Museum Belvedere, Heerenveen, The Netherlands (all in 2018). Slash & Burn was Alec Soth’s Juror's Pick at the Magnum Photography Awards, among others. Norwegian translations of text and captions in this book are available at


The Nordic Dummy Award (NDA) is a prize awarded annually by Fotogalleriet with the aim of presenting new photographic trends in the Nordic countries; to encourage new photographic productions; and to give space to photo books as an independent platform of artistic expression. NDA was initiated in 2012 by Fotogalleriet and The Norwegian Association of Fine Art Photographers. A jury consisting of reputed professionals from the field selects a shortlist of candidates and an awardee, whose work is sent on tour and exhibited widely throughout the Nordic countries. The awarded proposal is published by Kehrer Verlag.


Kehrer Verlag is among the world’s leading publishers of photo books. Founded in 1995 by Klaus Kehrer, it is also one of the few independent publishing houses in Germany. In addition to photography, further focal points include contemporary art, art of the 17th through the 20th centuries, and international sound art. For further information about Kehrer Verlag please visit