MELK galleri (NO)

MELK galleri 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 galleri 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 #4

100 x 80 cm
2021

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GYM

100 x 80 cm
2021

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Reality slipped into a symbol #1

100 x 80 cm
2022

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Reality slipped into a symbol #2

100 x 80 cm
2022

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Reality slipped into a symbol #3

100 x 80 cm
2022

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Reality slipped into a symbol #5

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GYM, Installation View, 2021

Photo by MELK

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.

10th Indicative Object

50 x 40 cm
2022

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11th Indicative Object

50 x 40 cm
2022

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12th Indicative Object

50 x 40 cm
2022

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12th Indicative Object

50 x 40 cm
2022

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13th Indicative Object

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First Indicative Object

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2022

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Marianne Bjørnmyr, Epitaph, Installation view at MELK, 2022