The artists Dag Alveng, Tonje Bøe Birkeland and Terje Abusdal have donated exclusive photographs to Fotogalleriet to contribute to the realization of a comprehensive book, which will be entitled Writing Images. Fotogalleriet’s stories and beyond.

Writing Images. Fotogalleriet’s stories and beyond intends to present a new approach to the history of photographic culture from the perspective of a photographic gallery, focusing on the parallels and interplay between art and photography throughout the gallery’s history. The publication thereby sums up and analyses forty years of exhibition history in a historical and international perspective, with artistic and art theoretical contributions at interplay.

Contributions include, amongst others: artistic commissions by Morten Andersen, Sofia Borges, Jennie Hagevik Bringaker & Tor Erik Bøe, Andreas Bunte, Liv Bugge, David Campany, Beate Gütschow, Ane Hjort Guttu, Thomas Hirschhorn, Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen, Timo Kelaranta, Katja Mater and Shirana Shahbazi; Aby Warburg scholar Katia Mazzucco in conversation with Estelle Blaschke, Costanza Caraffa, Jeremy Deller, Anthony Hamber, Adam Lowe and Andrea Pinotti; Famous New Media Artist Jeremy Deller on (internet) performance and photography; historical material from Fotogalleriet’s recently established exhibition archive.
The book will be prepared in collaboration with the design agency BLEED and published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg/Berlin.

Work on the book is well under way, but in order to realize the project, Fotogalleriet is dependent on additional funding through sale. With the purchase of a photograph you support one of Fotogalleriet’s most important projects, for the first time working on a comprehensive publication shedding light on an important and unwritten part of photo art history.
Each of the photographs for sale exists in an edition of ten, of which Fotogalleriet has five of each for exclusive sale.

Questions and inquiries can be directed to Fotogalleriet’s Head of Communication Hans E. Thorsen, by e-mail: [email protected]
The photographs can also be purchased from Fotogalleriet’s online store here.

About Fotogalleriet:
Fotogalleriet was established in 1977 and is a non-commercial gallery for camera-based contemporary art. For 40 years, Fotogalleriet has been a central institution in the Norwegian art scene that has been working for the recognition of photography as an artistic expression. Today, Fotogalleriet functions as a knowledge centre for camera-based contemporary art, with a comprehensive exhibition and educational programme.


Dag Alveng, Planter, Smyslovs grav, Moskva, 2017
(Plants, Smyslov's Grave, Moscow)
Gelatin silver print on baryta paper, 50 x 60 cm, ed. of 10 (+2 AP)

Plants, Smyslov’s Grave, Moscow derives derives from Alveng’s latest project examining the game of chess in relation to visual art. The starting point for this project derives from Alveng’s interest in finding parallels between art and chess – also in reference to Marcel Duchamp’s interest in the game. Duchamp was an ambitious chess player himself and had a long-life fascination with it. He also incorporated the chess game into several of his artworks and once said “I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.”
Intensely examining the game of chess, Alveng started taking chess lessons himself and started delving into the universe of grandmaster chess players around the world. For his project, Alveng also travelled to photograph the graves of world chess champions, including the one of Vasily Smyslov who is buried at the Novodevich Cemetery in Moscow. Plants, Smyslov’s Grave, Moscow derives from this journey to Moscow.

Alveng’s project is shown for the first time at Alveng’s retrospective exhibition at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter that is on view between February and May 2018. In February, Alveng also arranged an unofficial Fischer Random Chess championship with the chess grandmasters Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura. The championship was held within the exhibition space, surrounding the players with Alveng's chess photographs.

Dag Alveng has shown his work extensively in Norway and internationally and his work is part of the permanent collections of major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Stedeijk Museum, Amsterdam, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo and Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden.

Dag Alveng was one of the artists that founded Fotogalleriet in 1977. We are therefore particularly pleased to offer one of his previously unpublished works of art through this campaign.

Five editions of Plants, Smyslov’s Grave, Moscow are available through Fotogalleriet.
The price of 22,000 NOK applies only through this campaign.
In addition to the price, a 5% art tax to the Relief Fund for Visual Artists applies.

Framing is possible through Fotogalleriet at an extra charge.

Tonje Bøe Birkeland, Character #V Bertha Bolette Boyd (1900-1985), 2017

The Jhomolhari Chapter, Plate 51 Jangothang 4150 m.a.s.l.
Gicléé print, 70 x 102 cm, ed. of 10 (+ AP)

Character #V Bertha Bolette Boyd (1900-1985) by Tonje Bøe Birkeland derives from her on-going project The Characters, which plays with the construction of female heroic characters through photography, text, and objects. Up until today Birkeland has portrayed five heroines – or Characters – whereby Character #V is Bertha Bolette Boyd (1900-1985), a mountaineer and author, that travelled to Bhutan in April 1931. In this period Bhutan is landlocked, impenetrable and isolated. Monasteries cling to buttresses.
At an elevation of 7578 metres, Bhutan’s Gangkar Punsum is the highest unclimbed mountain on Earth. The mountain is sacred. Landscape is balanced by the humbleness of Buddhism. Bertha has read Castles in the Air. Experiences and Journeys in Unknown Bhutan by John Claude White. She thus climbs to monasteries, and further to mountain passes at 4700 m above sea level, exploring a country without colonial interests, but solely to see and experience a country where nature is sacred and untouched.

Tonje Bøe Birkeland was born in 1985, in Bergen, Norway. Birkeland received her MFA and BA in Photography from the Bergen National Academy of the Arts. She was awarded with the Hasselblad Foundation’s Victor Fellowship 2012 for her contribution Tuva Tengel (1901-1985) Letters from Mongolia exhibited as part of New Nordic Photography at Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg. Hasselblad Foundation’s Victor Fellowship sponsored her stay at International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, New York. Recent shows include Inner & Outer Landscapes by Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Darkness & Light at Scandinavia House, New York, Types and Archetypes at Galleri F15, Moss, Norway. The National Public Art Council Sweden, Hasselblad Foundation and Preus National Museum of Photography have Birkeland’s works in their collections.

The photograph Character #V Bertha Bolette Boyd (1900-1985) from the Bertha Bolette Boyd Character series is Tonje Bøe Birkeland’s most recent work and has not been shown before.

Five editions of the photograph are exclusively available through Fotogalleriet.
The price of 20,000 NOK applies only through this campaign.
In addition to the price, a 5% art tax to the Relief Fund for Visual Artists applies.
Framing is possible through Fotogalleriet at an extra charge.

Terje Abusdal, Slash & Burn #15, 2017
Giclée print, 40 x 50 cm, ed. of 10 (+2 AP)

Slash & Burn #15 derives from Terje Abusdal’s awarded project Slash & Burn that draws a picture both mysterious and impressive of the Forest Finns, a minority group in Norway that lives in close contact with nature. 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. Abusdal’s photographic project draws on these beliefs while investigating what it means to be a Forest Finn today, some 400 years and twelve generations later.

Terje Abusdal (b.1978, lives and works in Oslo) is a visual storyteller working mainly on independent projects in the intersection between fact and fiction. He is the winner of the prestigious Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 2017. Slash & Burn was finalist at the Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award 2017, at Unseen Dummy Award 2017, Alec Soth’s Juror’s Pick at the Magnum Photography Awards and won the Nordic Dummy Award 2017, among others. Slash & Burn will be published as a book in collaboration with Kehrer Verlag in 2018.

Five editions of Slash & Burn #15 are available through Fotogalleriet.
The price of 15,000 NOK applies only through this campaign.
In addition to the price, a 5% art tax to the Relief Fund for Visual Artists applies.

Framing is possible through Fotogalleriet at an extra charge.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Hans Eindride Thorsen, Head of Communication ([email protected])