Brynhild Bye-Tiller
 
 
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Things tend to become different than you think (2010)
 
 
Can photography and interviews be a way to relate to and meet other people? Both individuals and groups. How to work with documentary photography which reflects the title; "Things tend to become different than you think"?
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NORDIC ART EVENT: Can photography and interviews be a way to relate to and meet other people? Both individuals and groups. How to work with documentary photography which reflects the title; "Things tend to become different than you think"?

THINGS TEND TO BECOME DIFFERENT THAN YOU THINK (2010) was part of a ten-day artist-run event «ÆØÅ» in Klæbu (NO). It was a Mid-Nordic workshop, with artist talks and exhibition featuring eight Nordic artists from Finland, Sweden and Norway. The artists: Olli Juhani Kiviluoto (FI), Jussi Heikkila (FI), Maria Nordbäck (FI), Olof Ahlström (SE), Cathrine Johansson (SE), Vigdis Haugtrø (NO), Brynhild Bye (NO) and Audun Eriksen (NO).

The end result was a site spesific reportage with text, photo and an object. Half way through the workshop I skipped the original idea to tell three different stories about local women in Klæbu. Instead there was 12 stories. Something else happend and by following the "something else" I could focus on letting other things come through. A method which was reflected in the title; "Things tend to become different than you think". The workshop gave an opportunity to experiment with the process. Maybe even fail.

An encounter with a Muslim woman became the biggest challenge. After a whole day of shooting and conversations about current political topics, the woman approach me the next day and asked me to delete the images because of Ramadan. According to the woman, it was not allowed to be photographed during Ramadan. Both the Imam and her husband was a part of the discussion. Photos had been taken during prayer, cooking, cleaning and the children playing. This became an ethical dilemma. May others require an artist or a photographer or anyone else to delete their digital pictures? After discussions one picture was chosen to be a part of the exhibition in the local gallery, a picture of a dish in the oven. The ethical dilemma was incorporated in the exhibition and became an indirect comment through photography, text and installation. The text on the wall described how difficult it was, responding to the situation and actively using this experience to produce art. Commenting on something that did happend while keeping the woman anonymous. The Quran book was incorperated in the exhibition and visitors could read themself in what is permitted during Ramadan and not.

The exhibition was deliberately presented in a "sketchy way", a little twisted and out of line with sticky notes in the text. This was done to take a stand against the traditional way of presenting art in a white gallery space.

 

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WORKSHOP/EVENT   EXHIBITION
Workshop period: August 20 th - 29 th 2010   Exhibition period August 21 th - September 5 th 2010.
Venue: Seminarplassen, Klæbu   Venue: Gallery No 1, Seminarplassen, Klæbu.

 

Art work: Interviews, meetings and shooting.

Documents:

"Total make over", by Solveig Lønmo (NO)

"Tänkta grenar",
by Markus Llanto (SE)

"ÆØÅ",
by Markus Llanto (SE)

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Art work: Photographies, texts and an object.

Details:
20 small-sized (A5) documentary photographies in color mounted on foamcore, 12 descriptive texts written on the wall surface next to each image and a book, the Quran written in Norwegian language, placed on a stool in the gallery.

Photographs: 12 presentations of local people. A young entrepreneur, a freelance journalist, a tutor in an elementary school, a store manager at Bunnpris, a firefighter, a Muslim woman during Ramadan, a municipal employee, a dog, a woman trying to find new accommodation and a woman who attended Yoga and dancing.