Jonas Bendiksen, Russland, 2015. From the project The Last Testament. © Jonas Bendiksen/Magnum Photos.

Jonas Bendiksen and Andrea Gjestvang

Conversations about photography #1.

The series “Conversations about photography” is a central part of Fotografihuset’s pilot program in 2020 and 2021. These conversations will form the basis for a discussion about what Fotografihuset in Oslo could and should be. The series is divided into two: “Photographer conversations” and “Positions in Nordic photography”. The first represents the photographers’ own voices, the last consists of contributions from teachers, curators and critics in the field.

The first photography interview is a meeting between Jonas Bendiksen and Andrea Gjestvang, two of Norway’s foremost documentary photographers. They will present their artistry and the potential of documentary photography today, in print, in digital media and as an exhibition object.

Andrea Gjestvang, Syv søstre, Irbid, Jordan, 2015. From the project Return.

Jonas Bendiksen (b. 1977) is a Norwegian photographer. He began his career when he was 20, when he moved to Russia. In the early years, he traveled all over the former Soviet Union and worked on the book project Satellites, which was published by the Aperture Foundation in 2006. His latest major project, The Last Testament, explores the story of seven men who all claim to be the returned Jesus Christ. Bendiksen has received many awards, including Telenor’s culture prize, the Infinity prize from the International Center of Photography, and the Photography prize. In 2004, he was accepted into the prestigious photo agency Magnum Photos.

Andrea Gjestvang (b. 1981) is a trained photojournalist at Oslo University College (now Oslomet). She has worked for a number of Norwegian and international magazines such as Time Magazine, SZ Magazin and Newsweek. In 2013 she won Image of the Year and the prestigious L’Iris d’Or/Sony World Photography Awards “Photographer of the Year”. She has a number of exhibitions behind her. Gjestvang’s project was presented in Norwegian Journal of Photography #1 (2013).

The event is free, but the number of places is limited. We therefore recommend advance registration. Any available spaces are available on site.

Fotografihuset follows the authorities’ advice and orders in connection with the ongoing corona pandemic. We ask the public to keep a meter distance and stay at home if they are sick.

The conversation will be streamed live on Instagram. Here you can also find previous conversations.

Time: Thursday the 17th of September 2020 18.

The events take place in our temporary exhibition pavilion, and we encourage guests to dress warmly now towards the end of summer.

Registration is closed.

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