Residency is a photo-text book about being an artist. Its fulcrum is an art residency at the Cité International des Arts in Paris. Pictures and text trace the photographer’s wanderings around Paris, as she attempts to find inspiration for her art. But how do you create new works in a city where such important and beautiful art already exists, and where photography itself was invented? As she explores the city, she also explores the history of the medium, and decides to write a book about art photography and where it is today. She interviews various photographers, who all have different views on the subject, making her job more difficult than she had hoped. Residency takes us backstage to show how an artist really works – or doesn’t work. Release at Fotogalleriet January 12th.
THUMBING THE LIBRARY: GARDENING NETWORKS - FOTOGALLERIET
3 November 2018 - 12 January 2019
From Fotogalleriet: Through her work as an artist, writer and art editor, Nina Strand has developed a unique voice in approaching the photographic field within the Nordic countries and beyond. Here, Strand intervenes within the Fotogalleriet’s data collection, by specifically looking into the institution’s available repertoire, prioritising visuality over the linear scripts that usually define the work of a library. In an age when storage and communication systems have reached their greatest extension in human history, and continue growing in magnitude and defying our powers of imagination, libraries constitute repositories with no mental borders. As our way of tapping into information is constantly changing, currently based on browsing, scrolling and thumbing, the codex is assigned new meaning. Books became literally visual data-carriers of reality and invention, hauling text into images (even when purely text based). Hence, we are bound to ask: What does a library of photography mean today, and specifically for Fotogalleriet? What does its physical and digital future hold? And what would an image librarian look like? Strand delves into this latter self-assigned role and questions about and with the library, to unravel and unveil a personal history of photography here and elsewhere, by accessing and de-accessing a constellation of visual ideas from the past four-plus decades of the institution’s existence as a pioneer viewing space for this medium in Scandinavia. In this project, the private meets the collective eye, and a personal photographic history bears the potential to be a shared visual history for generations of practitioners.
So happy to have contributed with a text for the zine Amatør by Kjartan Helleve and Dag Johan Haugerud.
VELKOMMEN TIL STAFETT 09.02.2018 kl 19
Lene Ask (NO) / JH Engström (SE) / Mattias Härenstam (SE/NO) / Emil Salto (DK) / Lina Selander (SE) / Tomas Lagermand Lundme (DK) / Nina Strand (NO)
Stafett er et prosjekt som tar utgangspunkt i et samarbeidsprosjekt mellom den danske kunstneren Tomas Lagermand Lundme, svenske JH Engström og norske Nina Strand. De produserte kunstfanzinen Militær fra 2006 til 2009, en fotokopiert fanzine hvor tanken bak var å skape en felles plattform for skandinaviske fotografer. Alle leverte et selvstendig verk under en felles overskrift. Militær var både en bildekunstnerisk fanzine – og et forsøk på å åpne opp for en bredere felles skandinavisk dialog. Den 1. mai 2016 inviterte Lundme og Strand fem andre kunstnere til en kunstnerisk stafett. En felles mail-tråd ble påbegynt den dagen, og ble avsluttet den 1. mai 2017. Prosjektet har blitt til en publikasjon som lanseres på Fotogalleriet. Hele gruppen har utviklet en utstilling som inkluderer nye filmer fra Mattias Härenstam og Lina Selander.
Stafett is a project based on an artists collaboration between Danish artist Tomas Lagermand Lundme, Swedish artist JH Engström and Norwegian artist Nina Strand. Together they produced the art fanzine Militær from 2006-2009, a zine where all the invited artists submitted their own work within a shared concept. The project was meant to be a common ground for Scandinavian photographers. On May 1st 2016, Lundme and Strand invited five other artists to participate in an artistic relay. A shared mail thread from May 1st 2016, which officially ended on May 1st 2017, is the starting point of Stafett as a publication and an exhibition at Fotogalleriet. The exhibition will also include new films by Härenstam and Selander in separate rooms.
FOTOGALLERIET OSLO 09.02.-15.02.2018
Welcome to the exhibition Subjektiv and the launch of Subjektiv Part II
Twenty-five years ago, the artist Zoe Leonard sat down in front of a typewriter and wrote her manifesto “I Want a President”:
I want a dyke for president. I want a person with AIDS for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place where the earth is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn’t have a choice about getting leukemia (...)
Given today’s political climate, Leonard’s manifesto is currently reverberating with renewed force, and the text serves as the starting point for the Subjektiv exhibition that will be on display at Kunstnernes Hus from 24 November. Featuring eight other artists as well, the exhibition will attempt to define a more multi-layered political subject in today’s politically charged environment.
This year, both issues of Objektiv look into the relationships that may arise between art, politics, and subjecthood at the current moment—hence our temporary rebranding as Subjektiv. Part I was launched in June, together with the opening of the exhibition at Malmö Konsthall. Both the show and the magazine issues investigate the present state and condition of subjectivity – and its political potential or impotence.
Subjektiv part II presents twenty-seven artists, curators, and thinkers offering their critical perspectives on the issues at stake and on the status of the subjective as an artistic strategy today.
Opening speech and performance at 7.30 pm.
Eline Mugaas and Elise Storsveen (NO), Basma Alsharif (USA), Sara Cwynar (CAN), Liz Magic Laser (USA), Deana Lawson (USA), Zoe Leonard (USA), Sandra Mujinga (NO) og Josephine Pryde (UK).
24. November 2017 – 28. January 2018
Stills from Soft Film, 2016, Sara Cwynar. Courtesy the artist and Foxy Production.
Limited editions of my photographs from the exhibition Dr. Strand are for sale, either in their unframed condition, or mounted to aluminium (for an additional 2 000 kr). Alternative framing options are also available upon request.
Images from my first book So,how do you think you're doing are also available.
Welcome to our opening at Malmö Konsthall June 2, 6-9 pm.
Subjektiv’s fulcrum is the potential relationship between art, politics and subjectivity at a time when the basis of democratic subjecthood is being called into question. One of our early editorial meetings took place the day after the US presidential election and its unexpected outcome impacted our conversation. This two-part issue and its accompanying exhibition result from a collaborative, inherently subjective dialogue between the five members of the editorial board. Part one features individual presentations of the nine artists’ work and words. Part two will present recent critical perspectives on the issues at stake. We have brought together artworks from the last few years that speak to the current political situation through their strategic staging of subjectivity and its political potential or impotence. In this context, the usual title of the journal simply wouldn’t do, hence its temporary rebranding as Subjektiv.
While there is a sense that the shared public space of politics is being overwhelmed by affective content, we are simultaneously witnessing a reinvigoration of the power of the collective and the resolve of communities. The exhibition and accompanying journal issues explore questions of what subjektiv might mean in this context. How do we apportion our attention when our media feeds include traditional journalism, internet gossip, propaganda, and the opinions of friends and family? What’s at stake when subjective criteria and utterances have entered the political environment at a completely new scale?
These questions connect in fundamental ways with our understanding of the camera as subjective narrator and technology of perception, both in the history of photography and in today’s realm of the scroll. While some works question how personhood is defined, negotiated, and legislated through photographic representation, others reflect on the discrepancy between physically grounded and immaterial ways of existing as humans, and on how deeply embedded we are in other life networks and ecologies. The self is no longer necessarily understood as singular; we acknowledge the extension and molding of subjectivity via screens and technologies and via myriad other practices: consuming, naming, performing, branding, liking, hosting, acting, and mimicking.
Sandra Mujinga (NO) reflects upon what she terms the poly-body in her investigations of the digital self. Sara Cwynar (CA) explores the finely tuned shaping of subjectivity through the circulation and valuation of objects and images, often addressing feminist issues and what she calls a soft misogyny. Deana Lawson (US) creates multifaceted representations of black iconography, describing her work as negotiating knowledge of selfhood through a corporeal dimension. The collage project ALBUM by Eline Mugaas and Elise Storsveen (NO) offers a highly subjective take on photographic representations of gender, sex, and the concept of care. Liz Magic Laser (US) uses the format of the TED Talk in a film installation featuring a ten-year-old actor delivering a monologue adapted from Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Notes from Underground. In this way, her work relates the author’s attack on the socialist ideal of enlightened self-interest to contemporary capitalist thinking. Another film installation by Basma Alsharif (US) addresses both the stateless self and mass-mediated representations of trauma at the Gaza Strip. Zoe Leonard (US) addresses displacement and statelessness as both an individual experience and a shared social condition. Josephine Pryde (UK) speaks of another form of displacement in her series It’s not my body, which superimposes found, low-resolution MRI scans of a human embryo in the womb against desert landscapes shot through tinted filters. She engages multiple definitions of “reproduction” and their impact on political debates about subjecthood and a woman’s right to choose.
Zoe Leonard’s (US) iconic queer-feminist text I Want a President functions as Subjektiv’s point of departure. Written in 1992, the work poignantly portrays the cultural and political climate in New York during that time. Twenty-five years later, the political climate in Europe and North America has generated renewed attention for Leonard’s text. Taken together, the artworks in Subjektiv call for recognition of a multifaceted political subject at this charged historical moment. The journal issues and exhibition also reflect upon the ways in which photographs create subjectivities and inform the relationship between public and private life.
SUBJEKTIV MALMÖ KONSTHALL 3.6 - 10.9 2017
SUBJEKTIV KUNSTNERNES HUS 10.11 2017- 14.01 2018
Welcome to the launch of Objektiv The Flexible Image Part I & II - Thursday 10th of November, 6 - 8 pm, at Polycopies.
These issues look at the current state of the (photographic) image, as it seems to expand into two distinct yet related manifestations: the image as text/sign versus the image as operation. Texts and interviews with Ingrid Hoelz, Geoffrey Batchen, Duane Michals, Morten Andenæs, Catherine Taylor, Nicholas Muellner and art historian W.J.T. Mitchell. And picture essays made especially for the issues by Ingrid Eggen, Phil Chang, Shimpei Takeda, Julien Prévieux, Espen Gleditsch, Carter Seddon, Lutz-Rainer Müller and Stian Ådlandsvik.
At Friday the 11th I'll sign my book Dr.Strand with Journal at Polycopies. See you there!
Polycopies takes place at Bateau Concorde-Atlantique - Berges de Seine - Port de Solferino - 75007 Paris.
From this coming Sunday I'll be enjoying a residency at Cité International des Arts in Paris. During my stay I'll be working on a new phototext book, with the working title The Art Of Being An Artist. Here I'll include sequences from the zines I've been working on, using the residency as the main story.
Happy to announce that Dr. Strand was nominated for the best photo book of the year award at PhotoEspana - and the best photography books of the year may be visited until the month of August at the National Library of Spain in Madrid. My little red book can also be seen during Rencontres d'Arles, shortlisted in a pre-selection of 17 books for the Photo-Text Award at Les Rencontres d'Arles, among 839 books sent. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony at Théâtre Antique on July 8th in Arles, France.
Very happy to recieve another diploma, this time in Årets Bedste Bogarbejde in Denmark! My book is exhibited at the Royal Library in Copenhagen until the 15th of August. ❤️ #åretsbedstebogarbejde
Zines on being an artist. The eight and final zine in the series, this one looking closer on sn artists workweek, launched today at Kunstnernes Hus.
The latest issue of Objektiv has hit the streets!
We have the same title for our issues in 2016: The Flexible Image. These issues will look at the current state of the (photographic) image, as it seems to expand into two distinct yet related manifestations: the image as text/sign versus the image as operation. Part I is about the image as operation: the image as touch, gesture and act. Whereas on the one hand, the image seems to work increasingly as a sign, emblematised by the emoji, on the other hand it is also increasingly being employed as a portal to various kinds of actions, typified by the on-screen icon. Thus the image can no longer be understood as an enclosed, representational entity that primarily addresses the faculty of vision. Rather, it works as an operating tool, addressing the full sensory capacity of the body, and touch in particular, thereby being entwined with the gesture. This is the kind of image that artist Harun Farocki has called “the operative image”: that is, “images that do not represent an object, but rather are part of an operation”. Featuring work from Ingrid Eggen, Phil Chang, Shimpei Takeda and Julien Prévieux.
10 years ago on this day the first issue of "Militær", a Scandinavian art zine, hit the streets. Today its editors, Tomas Lagermand Lundme and me, invite Mattias Härenstam, Lina Selander, Emil Salto, JH Engström & Lene Ask to an one year art relay! Lene Ask begins. Hopefully this will turn into a book next year. Have a good 1st of May.
Artists all over Oslo will open their studios for Oslo Open this weekend. I'll be working with the upcoming issue of Objektiv, please come by.
Very happy to be one of 25 winners in the Swedish competition Svensk Bokkonst.
”Ett kärleksfullt porträtt av en läkare och mor. En jakt på något förlorat och eftersökt, vackert visualiserat i textfragment och fotografier.”
In Klassekampen today.
1. Hva ser vi på bildet?
Dette ble laget til en gruppeutstilling M.A.N på In The Gallery i København i 2013. Her ble en rekke kunstnere bedt om å bidra med et verk om mannen. Og da kan jo tanken, eller i dette tilfelle irritasjonen, over mannen også fungere.
2. Hva tenker du som selvportrettet som sjanger?
Jeg har sett mange selvbiografiske verk av ulike kunstnere som jeg har blitt inspirert av, for mange å nevne her, men det er en viktig og evig sjanger - det bra med selvportretter i en utvidet forstand er at de kan åpne opp for gjenkjennelse, at verkene treffer noe jeg selv går og grubler over, og gi flere mulige svar. Og det er jo magisk når det skjer.
My book Dr. Strand just recieved a diploma in Grafill's contest of the past year's best books. It can be seen at Grafill untill the 14th of April. I am thrilled to get this attention, but at the same time wish that the category my book won in, Art Books, could be divided into three categories: Artist Books, Art Catalouges and Photo Books.
Zines on being an artist, new ones launched in 2016: one about an artists relationship with money and the other on the confusion of age. Launched at Galleri Riis in February, sold at Tronsmo Books in Oslo.
Rom for kunst at Oslo Central station presents: "Looking for Grandma" is part of a personal picture-memoir, the photo book “Dr. Strand” by photographer and writer Nina Strand. The book is about her late mother, doctor, feminist and activist Kitty Strand. Kitty and Nina were planning a journey across the U.S. that they never had time to take before Kitty passed away in 2001. In 2012 Nina took the trip together with her own daughter in order to revive her mother's thoughts and ideas - for one last time.
Currently on view at the Airport Express Train Station in Oslo, complemented with a picture story on a screen inside the Centralstation.