Review: International Juried Show at NOoSPHERE


International Juried Show at NOoSPHERE



A collaboration between NOoSPHERE in Manhattan and Galleri Ramfjord in Oslo brought together the work of 15 Norwegian artists this month. The diverse juried exhibition featured photography, painting, and sculpture. It marked the 14th anniversary of Galleri Ranfjord, and was exhibited both in Oslo and in New York.

First place went to Amina Bech for her manipulated photograph from the series When You Said to Me I Was Dead in Acholi.

The first and shared second prize winners all received a grant to fly to New York for the occasion. Other artists from the initial competition were also present for the opening, including photographer Christine Urdal, who now lives in Brooklyn.


Kari Anne Helleberg Bahri was shared second prize winner

Bahri's sculpture Body ... machine and soul is a bust with a "mechanical" arm built from common objects such as a cleaning brush, a light bulb, and belts.

̶ ̶  "This is your first time in New York. Would your art be any different if you lived here?"

Kari Anne: "I think it might be, yes, because New York is so free and Norway has many unwritten rules. In so many ways, my work is about restraint."

̶ ̶   "Your piece does appear to be tied up. The belts are a necessity to keep the arm on, but at the same time, it resembles a straightjacket."

Kari Anne: "I feel that we are a country of many rules. Unwritten rules, yes, but they are there. This is reflected in my work, in the clothing I design. We are free, but not free, you know?"

Kari Anne Helleberg Bahri --


Kathleen McIntyre

̶ ̶  "The colors in your photo are lovely. Very washed out and delicate."

McIntyre: "Norway has different light. I can't really explain it, and maybe it's because we have so much darkness, but the light is brighter and clearer. there are different colors when it comes through the trees."

̶ ̶  "Well, photography is all light, right?"

McIntyre: "That is true, and Norway has very beautiful light."

̶ ̶  "You're making me want to go to Norway!"

McIntyre: "You should!"

Kathleen McIntyre --


Jannecke Lonne Christiansen

̶ ̶ "Are your pieces inspired by the stories told in your grandmother's old photographs, or do you create something entirely new?"

Christiansen: "It is not inspired by the image but by the merging of two images. When I was a little girl, we had a photo book called "Family of Man." I wasn't supposed to look at it because the photos were very strong."

̶ ̶  "What do you mean by strong?"

Christiansen: "Strong, as in, you know that photo of the prisoner in the street in Viet Nam with the gun to his head? Well, I wasn't supposed to see these kinds of images as a child. But I would look at this book every day. "

̶ ̶  "I suppose the best things always come from what you aren't supposed to do."

Christiansen: "Yes, and this made me want to take photographs. I was fascinated not with what was on the page, but with the story behind it. What has happened or what will happen. And this is what I show in my work, that point in time."

Jannecke Lonne Christiansen --


International Juried Show will be held until October 28, 2012

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