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Ramallah Trondheim Series (2012-2017)
 
 
PALESTINE: Can photography change the narratives around Arab women? How does photography influence our understanding of both the role of women and women's opportunities to participate in sport in the Middle East? The Palestinian team were between 12 and 24 years old at the time they visited Trondheim in the summer of 2014. They lived with Norwegian host families and participated in the football tournament Scandia Cup and played a friendship match against a local team, Trondheims-ěrn.
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PALESTINE/NORWAY: Can photography change the narratives about Palestinian Arab women? How does photography influence our understanding of both the role of women and women's opportunities to participate in sport in the Middle East?

The project RAMALLAH TRONDHEIM SERIES was an international collaboration between the artist Brynhild Bye-Tiller and the non-profit organization Sareyyet Ramallah in occupied West Bank, Palestine and Norwegian partners. Through several photographic series little known stories from deep within the Palestinian contemporary Arab culture were told. Other stories than we ordinarily see through media coverage. Stories about the Women's Football Team from Sareyyet Ramallah. About the player's everyday-life, their participating in football activities and their travel to Norway the summer of 2014. The artistic work was concerned with gender and stereotypes. About humanizing Arabs. Not the extreme polarized version that presents every Arab as a terrorist.

The project contained several activities: Five short stays in Ramallah for the artist, three lectures held by the artist, conversations, meetings, home visits to the football players, conducting a photo workshop, editing photos, producing a photographic book, organizing of a ten-day stay and a travel to Norway for the Palestinian team, collaboration with the Norwegian team Trondheims Ørn, project management, use of social media and curating and installing three exhibitions featuring several photographic series. Hence the title RAMALLAH – TRONDHEIM SERIES.

The photo workshop carried out in Ramallah by the artist was open for photographers, students and local artists. Four participants from the workshop participated in the final exhibition held in Ramallah. This provided a different perspectives on the project key content. "Gender, identity and misconceptions". A workshop also provides knowledge and another kind of contact between the Norwegian artist and the local artists, rather than just producing an exhibition.

As part of Brynhild Bye-Tillers artistic work the project deliberately blurred the lines between participation and documentary photography. The social and practical situations that emerged during the project was the very space where documentary photography and socially engaged art encountered each other. It was in this tension, between a broad documentary activity and participatory methodologies RAMALLAH TRONDHEIM SERIES could find something new.

The material from the project RAMALLAH TRONDHEIM SERIES (2012-2017) also became a basis for an exhibition in 2019 titled: "Participatory observation and documentary methods in Edit Palestine" and an artist's book titled: "East Jerusalem, Palestine". Both investigated questions related to participatory methodologies, methods of collecting and processing documentary material and movement in space and surface in storytelling photographic expressions.

EXHIBITIONS NORWAY 2017 & PALESTINE 2015
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PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK & PARTICIPATORY ACTIVITIES
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BRYNHILD BYE-TILLER TRUTH ON THE GROUND        >> See the whole series. Single images
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BRYNHILD BYE-TILLER THERE IS NO FOOTBALL FIELD IN THE CITY OF  RAMALLAH
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EXHIBITION RAMALLAH, PALESTINE   EXHIBITION TRONDHEIM, NORWAY
Exhibition period April 20 th - 30 th 2015   Exhibition period September 17 th - 24 th 2017
Venue: Al- Tireh street, Sareyyet Ramallah, downtown Ramallah, occupied West Bank, Palestine.   Venue: Our Lady's Church and North-East quadrant of the Market Square in Trondheim, Norway.

 

Art work: 5 photographic series and 1 facebook-assembly.

Details:

1 series with portraits in color outdoor around 7 large pine trees with 28 large format photographs.

1 series with 50 small format portraits in color indoor.

2 series with 30 medium sized format documentary photographs in color indoor.

1 series with 60 small format documentary photographs also in color indoor.

1 assembly of 60 facebook screen shots on the wall from the players private facebook pages.

In addition to my own photographic work 4 local and international photographers was invited to participate.

Local participants:
Shadi Baker. Title: Athletic women: "Passion and glory". Photo.

Qais Assali. Title: "Female wanted". Photo.

Paul Lorgerie and Franziska Grillmeier. Title: "Nabi Saleh, the story of women fighting for liberty". Photo & text.

Documents:

Press release exhibition Palestine (ENG) April 1st 2015

Invitation opening of exhibition 2015

invitation opening of RCDF, Sareyyet 2015

Draft Programme RCDF 2015 2015

Pictures of the exhibition in Ramallah 2015

Pictures of setting up the exhibition in Ramallah 2015

Pictures of the opening of the exhibition 2015

Invitation artist talk/lecture 2015

brynhild bye-tiller Soundtrack from the exhibition opening in 2015 & the Captains speech on behalf of the players .aiff

brynhild bye-tiller Talking to the players for the first time .mp3

 

PHOTO WORKSHOP IN PALESTINE 2015

Invitation photo workshop 2015

Invitation Workshop Photography - ARA 2015

Invitation Workshop Photography - ENG 2015

Pictures from the photo workshop in Ramallah 2015

 

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Art work: 2 photographic series.

Details:

1 photographic series THE THRUTH ON THE GROUND with 37 photographs printed on metal and mounted on 32 stone slabs placed in a semicircle around a sun dial in the north-east quadrant of the market square.

1 photographic installation AWAY GAME with 9 vertical roll-ups (2 metre tall) with portraits in color placed in a tight tactical battle formation inside the tower hall of Our Lady's Church.

Documents:

Poster The Truth On the Ground (ENG) 2017

Poster The Truth On the Ground (NO) 2017

Poster Away Game inside the church Trondheim 2017

Poster Away Game inside the church Trondheim 2017

Invitation exhibition Norway 2017

Poster exhibition Norway 2017

Poster concert for Palestine 2017

Pictures from the exhibition in Trondheim 2017

Opening speech 2017 (NO)

 

A TEN-DAY STAY IN TRONDHEIM FOR THE PALESTINIAN FOOTBALL TEAM SUMMER 2014

Press release (NO) May 29 th 2014

Diploma Best player Friendship match 2014

Diploma Participating in Friendship match 2014

Program in Trondheim, Norway June 2014

Invitation for friendship match PDF 2014

 

Documents:

Project plan Last updated 01.05.2017

Letter of invitation

Information meeting for the Norwegian host families, Trondheim, Norway.

Letter of invitation Sareyyet Ramallah, Scandia cup

Letter of invitation RCDF

The project was a cooperative effort between the Norwegian visual artist Brynhild Bye-Tiller, a Palestinian Women's Football Team from Sareyyet Ramallah, the main partner Sareyyet Ramallah, a Norwegian Women's Football Team from Trondheims-Ørn, Norwegian host families, the Municipality of Trondheim, the Norway Football Association, the Sports Club Freidig, Vanvikan Scouts and other local partners.