NORWAY: The exhibition Participatory observation and documentary methods in Edit Palestine presents pictures, a book and a lecture.
In her work, Brynhild Bye-Tiller investigates questions related to the method of collecting and processing documentary material, cultural stereotypes and movement in space and surface in storytelling photographic expressions. People, daily life and condensed situations in private and public spaces in Palestine are pervasive in the work Palestinian gestures displayed with 19 large-format colour photographs. By participating directly in an environment, Bye-Tiller shows how participation can change a documentary photography. She examines the structures and methods that allow human contact to blend with traditional photographic approaches. In her most recent projects, 100 meters (2017-2018), Ramallah Trondheim Series (2012-2017) and Brigding Zip-Code 65 (2016), the issue of participation was central. She invites public institutions, organizations, associations, volunteers, individuals, groups, artists and other professionals to participate in her projects.
In a new collaboration with Palestinian Balqees Rjoub, participation has led to a joint book; East Jerusalem, Palestine. Rjoub has written free texts to Bye-Tiller's photographs from Jerusalem. The book will be launched during the exhibition opening on Saturday 26 October. In a lecture, somewhere between being performative and informative, Bye-Tiller will present her artistic strategy with examples from projects she has completed. The lecture will say something about documentary and participation, what kind of questions she asks, what methods she uses, how an artist can work with a material and the artist's role in a conflict area. The lecture will be held in Norwegian.