Le Book Club - Chapter 3

29.01.2020 - 03.02.2020
OPENING 29.01.2020, 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?


January 29 - February 3

January 29, 18:00-20:00:
Exhibition Opening: A presentation in four parts of Marie Sjøvold's book «The Practice of Presence».

The Norwegian artist Marie Sjøvold will present a special edition of her new photobook The Practice of Presence. The book is a result of a year spent adhering to a number of restrictions she placed on herself in relation to the use of social media and her smartphone. In Norwegian, she uses the wordplay fotobok(s) to describe the publication, which combines photobook and photobox. Sjøvold aims to explore how the book can be read and experienced differently through its placement in various physical and social settings inside and outside the exhibition space.

February 3, 18:00-20:00:
A lecture with Nadine Wietlisbach «Tacos and cherries, Perspectives on interlinking curatorial and discursive practices on Fotomuseum Winterthur».

For this week, we have also invited Nadine Wietlisbach, director of Fotomuseum Winterthur, to give a lecture on experimental exhibition formats that react dynamically to current photographic and cultural developments reaching global audiences. Fotomuseum Winterthur has been a leading institution in rethinking photography in the expanded field, as its technological development moves rapidly across a wide variety of devices and platforms, challenging our understanding of the medium. Integrating the physical exhibition space and virtual forums, the institution has invested in reframing its holdings of artworks, books and other material including its online archives.

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


Marie Sjøvoldis a photographer and video artist who lives and works in Norway. She has published several photobooks and has participated in exhibition at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; Liepaja Museum, Latvia; Centrum för fotografi, Stockholm; Deichtor Hallen, Hamburg; Kristiansand kunsthall, Kristiansand; Nobels fredsenter, Oslo; Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen; Trafo Kunsthall, Asker; and Calouste Gulbenkjan, Paris, among others. In 2012 she received the European Photo Exhibition Award from Fritt Ord. Sjøvold’s work is included in the collections of Fritt Ord, The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.

Nadine Wietlisbach has been the director of Fotomuseum Winterthur since January 2018. From 2015 to 2017 she was the Director of Photoforum Pasquart Biel/Bienne, following her post as a curator at the Nidwaldner Museum in Stans, where she was responsible for all contemporary art exhibitions and publications, as well as presentations of the museum’s collection from 2012 to 2015. In 2015, she won the Swiss Art Award (critique, publication, exhibition section) and was curator in residence at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Wietlisbach also founded the independent art space Sic! Raum für Kunst in Lucerne in 2007. She is interested in the diversity of photographic media, and particularly in the rapidly expanding nature of photographic technology and its discourse.

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 production of The Practice of Presenceis funded by the Fritt Ord foundation, The Arts Council Norway and the Relief Fund for Visual Artists (BKH)