MELK (NO)

MELK is an artist-run initiative for new Scandinavian photography located in Oslo, run by Behzad Farazollahi & Christian Tunge. The aim for the initiative is to raise awareness of the scene of contemporary photographers in the region and the position of the medium today, in a contemporary context.

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CHART

For CHART 2022, MELK will present new bodies of work by Norwegian artists Hilde Honerud and Marianne Bjrørnmyr. Honerud works in the tradition of documentary photography, but her motifs are far from classical. Marianne Bjørnmyr’s works exist in a totally different context, combining photography and objects in a way that foregrounds the collision between different epochs, geographies, cultures and materials.

Hilde Honerud (NO)

Hilde Honerud works in the tradition of documentary photography, but her motifs are far from classical. In a time where news of catastrophic events are part of everyday life, there is a need to question how to communicate these incidents through images. Honerud refers to John Berger’s essay: Uses of Photography (1978) when explaining her position on this subject: “For the photographer this means thinking of her or himself not so much as a reporter to the rest of the world but rather, as a recorder for those involved in the events photographed. The distinction is crucial.”

Hilde Honerud (b. 1977, Kongsberg; NO) lives and works in Kongsberg, Norway. She is educated at the National Academy of Arts in Oslo and is an associate professor of photography at the University of Southeastern Norway. In 2018 she was awarded county artist of the year in Buskerud. Honerud’s work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at RAKE (NO), Kunstmuseet Nord-Trøndelag, Tenthaus (NO), Fotogalleriet (NO), Buskerud kunstsenter (NO) and Bærum Kunsthall (NO). Her work is included in several private and public collections.

GYM

Archival pigment print, white wooden frame mounted on aluminium with museum glass, 40x50 cm
2021

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GYM

Archival pigment print, white wooden frame mounted on aluminium with museum glass, 40x50 cm
2021

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GYM

Archival pigment print, white wooden frame mounted on aluminium with museum glass, 50x40cm
2021

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GYM

Archival pigment print, white wooden frame mounted on aluminium with museum glass, 100x80 cm
2021

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GYM

Installation view
2021

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GYM

Installation view
2021

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It isa light which objectifies everything and confirms nothing (part two)

Archival pigment print, white wooden frame mounted on aluminium with museum glass, 80x100 cm
20I9

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It isa light which objectifies everything and confirms nothing (part two)

Archival pigment print, white wooden frame mounted on aluminium with museum glass, 110x80 cm
2019

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GYM, Installation View, 2021

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Hilde Honerud at MELK 2021

Marianne Bjørnmyr (NO)

Central themes in Marianne Bjørnmyr’s practice revolve around photography, authenticity and documentation, and her work dwells upon visibility and invisibility, behaviour and chance, science, and phenomena. As an artist, Marianne is driven by a desire to disrupt definitions and perceptions of reality and history against the innate ability of photography to reflect the world around us. Mainly through photography but also cast objects, with properties similar to photography through copying and replication.

Marianne Bjørnmyr (b. 1986) lives and work in Bodø, Norway. Recent solo exhibitions include MELK, Oslo (2022), Stormen kunst/Dáddja, Bodø (2022) and Buskerud kunstsenter, Drammen (2021). Her work has also been shown at Riga Photography Biennale (2022), Peckham24, London (2019) and Unseen Photofestival, Amsterdam (2019). Her work is held in public collections in The North Norwegian Art Museum and The Arctic University of Norway.

Untitled (National Museum of Afghanistan)

Gypsum cast with grey pigments, Edition 1/1 + 1AP, L17 x W15 x H22 cm
2022

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Epitaph

Installation view at MELK
2022

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Epitaph

Installation view at MELK
2022

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Epitaph

Installation view at MELK
2022

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Epitaph / Untitled (Olmec)

Silver gelatin photography, green hard sprayed frame with matching window mount, AR 70% UV glass, Edition of 3 + 1AP (3 available), 36 x 38 cm
2021

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Marianne Bjørnmyr, Epitaph, Installation view at MELK, 2022