Nordic Dummy Award 2018

Fotogalleriet is delighted to announce the shortlisted photo books for the 2018 Nordic Dummy Award. The nine short listed books are now on tour!

The Nordic Dummy Award is an unique annual prize established to present new photographic trends within the Nordic countries, and aiming to stimulate new photographic productions from within the field. The Nordic Dummy Award endeavours to do so by giving photo books a suitable space as an independent platform of artistic expression.

A jury consisting of Katrín Elvarsdóttir (Artist and Co-Director & Co-Founder of The Icelandic Photography Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland); Annika von Hausswolff (Artist and Professor in Photography at Valand Academy, Gothenburg, Sweden); Katarina Skjønsberg (Artist, Norway); Tuukka Kaila (Artist and Co-Founder of Rooftop Press, Helsinki, Finland); Jesper Rasmussen (Artist and former Rector of the Jutland Art Academy, Aarhus, Denmark) and Antonio Cataldo (Artistic Director, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway) selected a shortlist of candidates whose work will be on an extensive tour throughout the Nordic countries.

The winner of the Nordic Dummy Award will be announced in early 2019 and published by Kehrer Verlag, Germany. A complete list of the shortlisted dummies and the locations where they can be seen is available below.

2018 Shortlisted Dummies

Øystein Agerlie — Encyclopedia of Man
The past century has reached a peak of obsession with humanism. It has also reached a cacophony of cataloguing and archiving due to a growing availability of technological mediation and with it increasing access to humanity’s most ill. Encyclopedia of Mancollects found images from the early 1900s. By focusing on small details and personal stories, this book searches for a vast array of moments that define our everyday life; the unusual, the uncanny, the ordinary. It enters into our private lives through vernacular photography. In the difference between the extraordinary affinities of people’s lives, the book challenges the unreachable aim of creating an encyclopedic humanity.
Agerlie was born in Norway, 1981. He lives and works in Oslo (NO).

Celeste Arnstedt & Petter Wessel — Olivenbjerget [Mount Olivet]
Olivenbjerget is an intimate portrait of a twosomeness. This new entity challenges the religious and philosophical predicaments of Mount Olivet –unconsciously determining our Western sphere of action. The twoness positions itself curious towards everything that it perceives: nature, objects and gender. From Mount Olivet, this entity sets the limits for what it can do and who it is; travelling back to a youthful play and ease, it forgets the instructive, allowing itself to simply explore; in its voice, “the truth is not sole, but a world full of various interpretations.” In Mount Olivet, the entity is neither he nor she; it is two personalities, and sometimes only one.
Arnstedt was born in Denmark, 1995. Wessel was born in Norway, 1995. They both live and work in Copenhagen (DK).

Theo Elias — Smoke
This book performs memory through photography. “I’ve always had bad memory. At some point I realised that my life would start slipping away from me unless I documented it,” states the artist. “I started taking photos. In the summer of 2011, all of my close relationships were full of conflicts. I wanted to go away –to disappear. I had the idea that I could take a new identity elsewhere. I went north, seeking loneliness. I talked to strangers. I looked at the mountains –and climbed them. I tried to find meaning. Photographing was comforting. Every time I pressed the shutter, it was liberating. Today, after many trips, and shared cigarettes, this is a story about what no longer is, and maybe never really was.”
Theo Elias was born in Sweden, 1985. He lives and works in Stockholm (SE).

August Eriksson — Kaihogyo
When a Buddhist monk walks a 1000 laps around Mount Hiei, at the end he has covered a distance corresponding to the circumference of planet Earth. It is called “kaihōgyō”, and by the end of the slog, the monk achieves a form of identification with the emanation of Buddha known as Fudō Myōō. The book follows a monk in his last lap, as the monk continues his hike at night. The images reflect this tension between a central perspective drawing a sharp distinction between subject and object, and the ambulatory movement that denies this viewpoint.
Eriksson was born in Sweden, 1971. He lives and works in Stockholm (SE).

Anna Hyvärinen — Lost Identity
“What you once knew is not anymore”, says the artist, as the pressure to change in order to fit into a new culture is as strong as its resistance. “Who are you without the familiar roles that once defined you?” This is the question behind the series of self-portraits compiled in this book, processing the feelings of loneliness and frustration and leading to inevitable transformations in her integration journey into the Nordic country of Denmark.
Hyvärinen was born in Finland, 1980. She lives and works in Copenhagen (DK).

Ole Nesset — Unburdened Migration
Unburdened Migration is a four-volume book project attempting to give an imaginary reader different points of access to a difficult and complex issue. With a circular approach, Unburdened Migration covers the topic of human exodus, particularly in what has been dramatised as an ongoing crisis from an Euro-American, and perhaps Nordic perspective. Through these books, a fabulation is set in motion for us to imagine the world borderless, and people like birds.
Nesset was born in Norway, 1994. He lives and works in Gothenburg (SE).

Steffen Kloster Poulsen — 6 not taken // You Deserve Hell
This book is presented in two parts and can be read in any order. 6 not taken is the story of an uncanny encounter. The artist got sudden access to his uncle Evald, an amateur photographer he never met. In 2014, the artist received his Uncle Evald’s entire archive through his father, and the journey of getting to know him ensued. While making contact sheets, he noticed similarities in their shooting style and tried to look at his own archive in the same way: as purely visual information. The title of the book plays on this disembodied confrontation, as it is taken from a note written on the back of Evald’s Zeiss Ikon 6x6 camera containing a roll of half shot film –he used the rest of the film to photograph Evald’s family.
You Deserve Hell is a quasi-religious experimental and visual storytelling about the self-destructive character of the human race: its origins, history and possible future. The title is extracted from a sign held by a Brazilian street preacher in a photo: “Você merece o inferno.”
Kloster Poulsen was born in Denmark, 1990. He lives and works in Copenhagen (DK) and Tokyo (JP).

Matilde Søes Rasmussen — Uprofessionel [Unprofessional]
“I grease my nipples with the oil of sweet almonds because pink silicone nipples stickers have turned mine into little, dry blackberry buds. I hide my tampon string between my butt cheeks because I have to wear a thong even though I’m menstruating. I dream about warm nights with money and Riesling on top of Chinese hotels, and choking with large biceps on soft sheets,” annotates Søes Rasmussen while traveling to megacities in Asia. The photographer records and documents the models she lived with in so-called model-apartments, meanwhile seeking ways to turn power-positions around in professional image making, reclaiming “our own faces and bodies” and, ultimately, remaking “our own narrative.”
Rasmussen was born in Denmark, 1990. She lives and works in Gothenburg (SE).

Tina Umer — Danish Mountains
This book proposal is heavy as a brick, as it goes by the title Danish Mountains. It’s a personal reflection on cityscapes and landforms that constitute our perception, assemble our vision, and are projected from our past onto our surroundings: tops, peaks, ranges, summits, apex, and climaxes we conquer or miss. The opposites we adapt to and embrace.
If one is unfamiliar with the flatness of the country, the pun may be easily gone, as Denmark has an average height of 31 meters. In that perspective, every hill with a height above 100 meters is considered a mountain in the country.
Umer was born in Slovenia, 1991. She lives and works in Gothenburg (SE).

The Nordic Dummy Award Tour Plan – 2018/ 2019

15–23 September 2018
Landskrona Foto Festival (SE)

28–29 September 2018
Fotobok Gbg 18, Göteborg (SE)

4–7 October 2018
Photobookweek Aarhus/ Galleri Image, Aarhus (DK)

15–28 October 2018
The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki (FI)

1 November–13 December 2018
Fotogalleriet, Oslo (NO)

5–18 November 2018
Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu (FI)

26 November– 16 December 2018
Centrum För Fotografi, Stockholm (SE)

18–20 January 2019
Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø (NO)

28 January–10 February 2019
Galleri Format, Malmö (SE)

19 February–3 March 2019
Fotografisk Center, København (DK)

16–26 March 2019
Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Reykjavik (IS)

8–21 April 2019
Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kristiansand (NO)

29 April–12 May 2019
Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen (NO)

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

About Fotogalleriet
Started in a basement in 1977 by renowned artists Dag Alveng and Tom Sandberg together with Bjørn Høyum as the first institution of its kind for hothousing cutting edge photographic practices in Norway, Fotogalleriet has since then been dedicated to exhibiting local and international art practices, and analysing the rapidly expanding nature of a field unrestricted by technological and aesthetic shifts. Through its commitment to research and engagement with artists, Fotogalleriet is a leading institution within the field of image making.

The Nordic Dummy Award is currently managed by Fotogalleriet, Oslo, and it was initiated by Fotogalleriet and The Norwegian Association of Fine Art Photographers in 2012.