About us

About us

WHO WE ARE
Located in central Oslo, Fotogalleriet is the oldest existing and continually operating institution working with photography as a critical art practice in the Nordic region. Since its founding in 1977, Fotogalleriet has been instrumental in Norway to institutionalize language around photographic art and promote and mediate photography as a free tool for personal expression through exhibitions and programs with local and international artists.


MISSION
Fotogalleriet is an incubator of new ideas and an active platform for the photographic field. Not solely dedicated to exhibition-making, the institution facilitates new artistic production and forward-thinking discussions within the arts. By presenting and producing experimental photographic practices, Fotogalleriet aims to generate conversations on the role of image production in today’s society and is committed to analyzing the rapidly expanding nature of the photographic field, altered constantly by technological and aesthetic flux.

As a kunsthalle for photography, Fotogalleriet is a space for artistic and curational experimentation and a central connector between artists and larger institutions, nationally and internationally.


OUR HISTORY

Fotogalleriet was early on labeled as a “pustehull” (a place to breathe) by the local press. Throughout its forty-year-long history, it has presented internationally renowned artists such as Diane Arbus, August Sander, Kåre Kivijärvi, Thomas Hirschorn, Amar Kanwar, and Bouchra Khalili. Today, the institution still aims to be a place where to take time to reflect on our times through a variety of artistic expressions.

In the 2000s, the Norwegian paper Morgenbladet described Fotogalleriet’s work with young artists as a redefinition of the photographic canon. Throughout the institution’s history, Fotogalleriet has actively aimed to be a stepping stone for young artists and a platform for mediating new ideas from the international and local fields. It hosted the first solo exhibitions of artists Ida Ekeblad, Ann Christine Eek, Matias Faldbakken, Eline Mugaas, Dag Alveng and Maria Pasenau in Norway.



FORMER ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
Stephanie von Spreter, 2011–2014; 2015–2018
(Research Fellow, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø)

Kjersti Solbakken, 2014–2015
(Artistic Director, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo)

Leif Magne Tangen, 2009
(Director, Tromsø Kunstforening)

Susanne Østby Sæther, 2008
(Curator of Photography and New Media, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden)

Ida Kierulf, 2005–2008
(Chief Curator, Kunstnernes Hus)

Eivind Furnesvik, 2002-2004
(Founding Director, STANDARD [OSLO])

Hilde Maisey, 2001
(General Manager, TrAP, Oslo)

Ole John Aandal, 1996–2000
(artist, Oslo)

Eva Klerck Gange, 1994–1996
(Curator, The National Museum, Oslo)

Hanne Holm Johnsen, 1992-1994
(Senior Curator, The Norwegian National Museum for Photograph, Preus, Horten)


OUR PARTNERS
Fotogalleriets longest-running collaborative partner is Forbundet Frie Fotografer, who shares a long history of mediation of photography as a free personal tool of self-expression. In addition to several art institutions (see more below), through its programs has worked closely with neighbouring institutions such as Vega Scene and Oslo World Music Festival.

In 2020-2021 Fotogalleriet has been part of an EEA Grant project with the Romanian exhibition space Salonul de proiecte, in Bucarest, Romania.


OUR NETWORK
Fotogalleriet is a part of several local, national and international networks. This includes the Nordic Photography Network, that besides Fotogalleriet consists of Nordic Photography Center, Oulu, Centrum för fotografi, Stockholm, Galleri Image, Århus, Galleri Format, Malmø, Fotografisk center, København, Hippolyte Gallery, Helsinki, Museum of Photography, Reykjavik, Verk tidsskrift and Forbundet Frie Fotografer.

Fotogalleriet was also one of the initiators in 2013 of the Kreativt Naboskap (Creative Neighbourhood) initiative, together with 0047, Forbundet Frie Fotografer, UKS, and Kunsthall Oslo. The project aimed to map the geography of Oslo’s city and the movement of cultural institutions and artists to propose more sustainable development and opportunities within the cultural field, its architecture, and infrastructure.

As a part of the national network Kunsthallene i Norge (Kunsthalles in Norway), it contributes to work to better the conditions for small and medium sized institutions in Norway together with Stavanger kunsthall, Tromsø kunstforening, Kunsthall Trondheim, Stiftelsen 3,14, Oslo Kunstforening, Trafo kunsthall, Kunsthall Grenland, Bomuldsfabriken kunsthall, Kunsthall Kristiansand and Kunsthall Oslo. Fotogalleriet is also part of the Oslo Open’s reference group together with Astrup Fearnley Museet, Atelier Nord, Ekebergparken, Forbundet Frie Fotografer, Kunstnernes hus, Nasjonalmuseet, Norsk billedhoggerforening, Notam, Soft galleri, Tegneforbundet and UKS.

Fotogalleriet is constantly open to expanding our network and contacts on a local, national and international level. Do you want to work with us? Reach out on [email protected]


WE HAVE RECEIVED PROJECT FUNDING BY (among others)
The Arts Council Norway
The Fritt Ord Foundation
Nordic Culture Point
Institut français de Norvège
Acción Cultural Española
Pro Helvetia
The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


FUNDING
Fotogalleriet operational funding comes from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. Additionally, the Norwegian Photographic Fund provides support and the Oslo Municipality.




FAQ

Are you eager to exhibit at Fotogalleriet? We are always happy to read new proposals for forthcoming projects and get feedback on our programme. Twice a year, the Fotogalleriet team sits down to work on programme meetings. If you have a new project you want to share with us, we would love to hear about it. Send us an e-mail at [email protected] with a project description, CV and a portfolio; other forms of addressing proposition in writing are welcome. Keep your files small (all files no more than 10MB) or share links to cloud files/Wetransfer. We look forward to hearing from you!

History Archive
Employees

DIRECTOR
Antonio Cataldo

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HEAD OF EXHIBITIONS
Camilla von Køppen

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HEAD OF MEDIATION
Håkon Lillegraven

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HEAD OF INFORMATION
Meera M. Kaur

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COMMUNICATION CONSULTANT
Arash Shahali

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ART HANDLER AND TECHNICIAN
Alf Ollett

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DIGITAL CONSULTANT AND MEDIATOR
Sakib Saboor

Board

CHAIRMAN
Morten Andenæs

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BOARD MEMBER
Anne Szefer Karlsen

BOARD MEMBER
Thora Dolven Balke

DEPUTY
Andreas Bennin