About

Biography, Artist Statement and Process Statement

Biography

I was born in Oslo in 1965.  I have a great engagement for people in difficult situations, where they are victims of war and persecution or more immediate challenges.  I also have a passion for art, and I am interested in how art can be used as a language where words do not suffice.  Therefore, I have studied both social and pedagogical subjects, in addition to studies in visual art.

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Artist Statement

I work with contradictions related to ideologies and norms in our modern society. Together with focus on social contradictions I challenge taboos related to our way of life, our faith and our roles. I seek to visualize the spaces that are formed as experiences and thoughts meet today’s reality. Each of his photographs contains dualisms’, always showing a game between concrete reality and abstract thoughts.

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Process Statement

I work with Instant films, where I always combine elements beyond my control together with consciously chosen motifs. The surroundings I choose for my photography have always a meaning for what I want to express, and their contributions are not only on an ideological level, but on a concrete one as well. By pressing the films onto the photographed subject, a chemical process forms by particles from the photographed, blending with and affecting the films’ emulsion.

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Copyright Håkon Røisland 2021