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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"?
Participation & Interviews & Photo

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, mainly outdoor productions and an exhibition featuring eight Nordic artists from Finland, Sweden and Norway. The artists was: 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).

My end result after one week with artistic work was a site spesific journalistic 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 I had 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 me an opportunity to experiment with the process. Maybe even fail.

An encounter with a Muslim woman became the biggest challenge. An ethical dilemma. 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 part of the discussion. Photos had been taken during prayer, cooking, cleaning and the children playing. The question was; "Can anyone require an artist or a photographer or anyone else to delete their digital pictures?" Privacy and photography is part of an ethical debate. I learned that legislation takes effect when a photo is to be published. Either online or in another public space. After discussions, one picture of a dish in the oven was chosen to be a part of the exhibition. The exhibition was held in a local artist-run gallery. In a public space.

The ethical dilemma was incorporated in my 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. A Quran book (Object) was incorperated in the exhibition and visitors could read themself what's permitted during Ramadan or 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 stance 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.