04 feb. 2021 — 30 jun. 2021
The photographs in this exhibition were taken in Naples in 2011. They belong to the project Untitled.Cities that was released as a book in 2013.
“I have been photographing in European cities like Marseille, Paris, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Naples, and others. It’s a sci-fi inspired project where, by mixing the photos from the different cities, I have tried to create a new unnamed fictitious metropolis, in which real and fictive, seen and thought, image and illusion, approach or undermine one another. It’s neither narrative nor a traditional documentary, but a visual story where I try to resonate the social and psychological landscape of Europe today. A fiction based on my own experiences and fantasies, but with underlying themes as the current crisis in European economy, social and human conditions. With a backdrop of decay mixed with futuristic architecture, I also try to shed light on the relationship between history, future, and the development of the modern city. Apart from the future vision, it may wrongly sound as a more documentary project but it isn’t, the point is to create a photographic story inspired by film and literature and to convey my experiences and meetings. Although since as a photographer I relate to and work in the real world, there will always be a documentary side that places the work in a larger social, historical and political context. It is in this landscape I think photography is most interesting and has its strength and uniqueness.” (M.A.)
Born in Norway in 1965, he is now based in Oslo. He started making fanzines and taking pictures of friends in punk rock bands in 1980, when 15 years old. In the 80s he continued shooting for bands and Norwegian music press, while also working in the darkroom at a daily newspaper in Oslo. In 1990 he moved to New York to study at the International Center of Photography. His first solo exhibition was at Fotogalleriet in Oslo 1992, since then his work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in New Zealand, France, Germany, Greece, Russia, Italy, Austria, Holland, England, Sweden, USA, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland. Driven from a curiosity and desire to explore and investigate places and environments, in recent years he has worked exclusively on his own projects all shot with the loose sensibility of a documentaristic eye merged with a strong personal and emotional style. He has published 24 books of his own work, most of all self-designed and self-published. “The artist and photo book have been my main way of presenting my work. Besides being a piece of art in itself the book is a democratic, accessible and intimate object where the sum of the single images and the editing creates a larger whole that, like in a novel or a film, makes a story that can take you to a new place and bring you new experiences.” (M.A.). His works are in the collections of the Preus Museum, the Norwegian Museum of Photography, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg and in private collections in Paris, New York, Oslo, Athen, Genova, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Wien, Los Angeles. He regularly teaches and holds workshops about photography and book making.