Le Book Club – Chapter 4

05.02.2020 - 09.02.2020
OPENING 05.02.2020, 18:00

Fotogalleriet, in collaboration with Norwegian artist Nina Strand and Paris-based duo Anna Planas and Pierre Hourquet, is proud to presents Le Book Club. An exhibition dedicated to the photobook as an exhibition space of its own, divided into different, weekly chapters.

The photobook is a body in transition, a body that is able to permeate different spaces and times (not just those commonly defined as the authoritative exhibitions spaces). Its migratory movement challenges the political architecture and colonial patriarchy of the exhibition space. To make and hold a photobook is to go on a journey: political, sexual, geographical, corporeal, which radically transforms both the travelling object and the receiver welcoming it, since wherever it journeys, the photobook enters new contexts, new communities, gains temporary nationalities and contests boarders.

In five chapters unravelling over five weeks, the exhibition Le Book Club will explore the photobook as an exhibition space. Through the creation of a deconstructed, expanded and experimental display space, we will see and test the photographic image in different ways, attempting to avoid stereotypes and given representations. A key question will be whether the book can be the primary exhibition space. And if so, what will that exhibition space be?


February 5 - February 9

February 5, 18:00-20:00:
Opening of Fin Serck-Hanssen's «HEDDA», followed by Fin Serck-Hanssen in conversation with Nina Strand.

The Norwegian artist Fin Serck-Hanssen will present his upcoming book HEDDA. Over the last couple of years, Serck-Hanssen has followed and documented the gender-confirming process of Hedda, born in 1992. For this chapter, the latest dummy will be presented, and Serck-Hanssen will walk us through the making of the book, from initial idea to the publication, using mood boards and early dummies.

HEDDA is edited by Tommaso Speretta, designed by Linda van Deursen and will be published by Damiani Editore. The original text is written by Andrea Lawlor.

February 6 to February 8, 14:00-16:00:
«Identity», a series of workshops by Julián Baron on the invitation of Fotogalleriet.

The Spanish artist Julián Baron is a very active artist in the field of education in general and within photobook production in particular. The workshop aims to work on personal and collective identity issues, from images of our environment to the use of various technologies. The aim is to detach ourselves from the conventional ideas of object, symbol and meaning that we give to images. These workshops are targeted for groups and designed for teenagers and school classes. For more information contact Karen at [email protected].

To read more about the programme for the coming weeks, click HERE.


Fin Serck-Hanssen has since the beginning of the 1980s been recognised nationally and internationally for his photographic series. He has had solo exhibitions at Galleri Ø, Oslo; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden; Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Tromsø; Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki; Stenersen Museum, Oslo; and Fotogalleriet, Oslo. His works are a part of a number of collections, including Victoria & Albert Museum, London; National Museum of Photography, Film and television, Bradford; National Museum, Oslo; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden; Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim; Nordnorsk kunstmuseum, Tromsø; Norwegian Museum of Photography – Preus Museum, Horten, among others.

Julián Baron was director and professor of photography at Blank Paper Escuela Online, Valencia and Castellón from 2008 to 2015. In 2011 he published his first photobook C.E.N.S.U.R.A. His work has been exhibited at Centre d’Art Pompidou-Metz, Netherlands Fotomuseum, Get It Louder Beijing, ChangJiang Biennale, Chongqing (China) and Arts Santa Mònica among others. In 2018 he presented the exhibition Regimen Overflow curated by Jorge Villacorta, in the Luis Miró Quesada Garland Room in Lima (Peru), where a programme of parallel activities was developed inside and outside of the exhibition space. Currently, he coordinates an online project of pedagogic, collaborative and transversal profile, supported by Fotocolectania Foundation


Fotogalleriet's principal funding comes from The Arts Council Norway. Additional funding is provided by the Norwegian Photographic Fund (Nofofo). Partial funding comes from the Royal Ministry of Culture through their exhibition's honorarium programme and Oslo Municipality. The exhibition Le Book Clubhas been made possible by the generous support of the Fritt Ord Foundation, Acción Cultural Española and Pro Helvetia. Fotogalleriet also wants to extend thanks for the kind collaboration with Forbundet Frie Fotografer (FFF).

The photobook HEDDA is funded by the Fritt Ord foundation.