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Le Book Club – Chapter 1

15.01.2020 - 16.02.2020
OPENING 15.01.2020, 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?

CHAPTER 1: ZINES OF THE ZONE
January 15 - January 19

January 15, 18:00-20:00:
Opening with a concert and an open-call presentation by Guilhem All and Julie Hascoët.

ZINES OF THE ZONE is a nomadic collection of self-published books and photo-related zines. Based in France, the collection is taken to the far corners of Europe in order for its organisers to meet local artists, collect and show publications. To open up the first chapter of Le Book Club, Julie Hascoët and Guilhem All from Zines of the Zone bring their mobile library to Norway to continue their collection by inviting independent publishers to join the exhibition. This chapter will underline the potential of the zine, in terms of mobility, content and artistic value. For the opening, Guilhem All invites the public to a musical performance. A blend of sound recordings, uncommon textures, loops and rustling noises, his performances are an invitation to share an intimate immersion in All's abstract and imaginary vision.

ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS

Guilhem All makes zines, silk-screen prints, analogue photography with pinhole cameras, and organises workshops about this specific practice. In Brest, he arranges concerts and runs a fanzine called Flemme Actuelle, a critique of urbanism. He joined Zines of the Zone in 2019. All has additionally built a musical universe through his experiences in the underground spheres of the independent punk scenes.

Julie Hascoët is a photographer and visual artist. In her work, photography is seen as a material conductive to re-composition and is integrated into her installation and publishing projects. Hascoët's personal interests revolve around the themes of dereliction and ruins, acts of resistance, cartography and nomadism. Besides her personal practice, she curates exhibitions and events, mostly related to the DIY scene (book exhibitions, talks, live performances). Since 2012, she has been a member of Zines of the Zone, which she co-founded as a travelling platform dedicated to self-published photozines and photobooks, organising book exhibitions around Europe. In 2019, she co-founded Querelle collective, which presents concerts in Brest, France.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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 Club has 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).

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