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.

Curated for
CHART

MELK will be presenting new bodies of work by Erik Gustafsson (SE) and Ingrid Eggen (NO) for CHART 2021. Both artists dealing with analoge photography in a performative and gestural way that are beyond documentary narratives. An intricate understanding of color and light being their most connecting factor.

Ingrid Eggen (NO)

Ingrid Eggen (b. 1978, NO). Eggen’s work is concerned with the body and its involuntary actions, the ones we deem irrational. These actions are on a par with affect theory: They turn us away from the rational and towards the notion that something more basic informs our actions, such as muscles, reflexes and instinct.

Recent solo exhibitions include Fotografihuset at Sukkerbiten (2020), Noplace (2020), Sandefjord Art Center (2020), gallery Knipsu, Bergen (2018) and MELK, Oslo (2018). Eggen's work has recently been acquired by the National Museum in Norway, Møllersamlingen and KORO.

Ingrid Eggen

Installation view
2020

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Grippel #1

C-print, edition of 5+2, 100 x 80 cm
2021

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Grippel #2

C-print, edition of 5+2, 100 x 80 cm
2021

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Grippel #3

C-print, edition of 5+2, 100 x 80 cm
2021

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Ingrid Eggen

Installation view
2017

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Erik Gustafsson (SE)

Erik Gustafsson creates photographs with and without the use of a camera. His ongoing series of Luminograms are original imprints created by rays of light, exposed directly onto light-sensitive paper in the darkroom. What unfolds are the raw impressions of the photographic process and the performativity of light.

Erik Gustafsson (b. 1987) is a photographer and printmaker based in Gothenburg, Sweden. He holds an MFA from the Valand Academy in Gothenburg. Recent solo exhibitions include Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm (2020), MELK galleri, Oslo (2019) and 3:e Våningen, Gothenburg (2019).

Pause Between Thought and Action 8

Unique c-prints, 25,4 x 20,3 cm
2019

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Pause Between Thought and Action 3

Unique c-prints, 25,4 x 20,3 cm
2019

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Pause Between Thought and Action 2

Unique c-prints, 25,4 x 20,3 cm
2019

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Pause Between Thought and Action 1

Unique c-prints, 25,4 x 20,3 cm
2019

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Erik Gustafsson

Installation view
2019

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Erik Gustafsson, Pause Between Thought and Action, 2019, Unique c-prints, 25,4 x 20,3 cm