Fotobokfestival Oslo 2016

8 - 18 September 2016

Opening September 8th 2016 at. 8 p.m at Youngstorget. Opening speech by Rina Mariann Hansen,The Vice Mayor for Culture and Sport

Fotobokfestival Oslo welcomes you to a ten-day programme examining the photobook as an artistic medium and phenomenon through exhibitions, lectures, workshops and much more.

Fotobokfestival Oslo was established by Forbundet Frie Fotografer (Norwegian Associaton of Fine Art Photographers – FFF) in 2009, aiming to create more awareness, interest and knowledge of the photobook. Fotobokfestival Oslo is now an annual event taking place during September every year

We are proud to present this year´s festival programme, which is a result of unique collaborations and a step in our efforts to promote the photo book as artistic form of expression. In 2016, FFF and Fotogalleriet are hosting the event Week 37 initiated by Nordic Photography Network, resulting in a Nordic focus for this year´s Fotobokfestival Oslo

Fotobokfestival Oslo 2016 also presents the shortlisted books from the Dummy Award Kassel (Fotobookfestival Kassel) and Nordic Dummy Award (Fotogalleriet, Oslo), and collaborates with different institutions in Oslo who have developed other programmes as part of the festival; Fotogalleriet, MELK Galleri, Fotografiens Hus and Tronsmo bookstore.

Main exhibition: Week 37: Nordic pavillions and Nordic Dummy Award 2016 @ YOUNGSTORGET

WEEK 37: Nordic Pavillions

We are proud to announce Fotobokfestival Oslo 2016 as host to Week 37, an annual event initiated in 2014 by Nordic Photography Network. With Week 37 as a starting point for this year´s Fotobokfestival Oslo, our main venue at Youngstorget presents exhibitions with a Nordic focus. With help from our network partners we have invited agents from Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden and Finland to curate their separate containers.

Angle 1-90° curated by Multipress (NO) Krass Clement curated byBanja Rathnov (DK)
Photobooks from Finland curated by PhotoBooksFromFinland (FIN)
The Swedish Photobook curated by Fotobok Gbg (SE)
A Decade of Icelandic Photobooks curated by FíSL/ TIPF (IS)

Nordic Dummy Award 2016 The Nordic Dummy Award is awarded annually by Fotogalleriet, in connection with the Fotobokfestival Oslo  For the Nordic Dummy Award, artists with a connection to the Nordic countries submit their unpublished photo books to be judged by a jury that shortlists candidates and selects the winner.

The chosen books can be seen during the Fotobokfestival and the winner book will be announced on Friday, 16 September. The winning book is published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg in collaboration with Fotogalleriet.

Nordic Dummy Award was established in 2012 by Fotogalleriet and Forbundet Frie Fotografer. Today the project is administrated by Fotogalleriet. The jury consisted of JH Engström (photographer, SE), Eva Eicker (Assistant curator, The Photographers' Gallery, GB), Klaus Kehrer (Director, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, DE), Kristine Kern (Director, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, DK) and Marie Sjøvold (Photographer, NO).

Festivalbutikk og café In addition to this, you will also find our festival book shop, where you can buy books from Fotogalleriet amonst others. Refreshments are available from our photo book bar. 

Satellite program:

For a gentle song would not shake us if we had never heard a loud one. Helene Sommer, Jacob Kirkegaard, Janet Biggs, Katja Aglert, Lasse Lecklin, Mette Tronvoll, Tonje Bøe Birkeland, Ulla Schildt @ FOTOGALLERIET
9 September – 23 October 2016  

The Arctic region has evidently been a subject of exploration for many, but what is important in examining this region is that it is not only deeply influential and seismic for the rest of planet Earth but also a place of longing, capable of fulfilling utopian projections and culturally-driven adventures. The exhibition aims at taking a lyrical position in adverse to the grand mythical stories of the Polar explorer and the sober ones of the scientists by using the artistic lens as a means to interweave the diagnostic and analytical with the utopian and poetic. 

The exhibition is supported by FRAME Finnish Fund for Art Exchange, Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute, The Danish Arts Foundation, The Nordic Culture Point


LED is a series of images of nature, photographed at night using artificial light, shot by Norwegian artist Bård Ek. 

By using artificial light, Bård wishes to highlight our distanced relationship to nature, as something beautiful to look at and a place for recreation. We act like we are not part of nature anymore. It becomes alienated and something we want to control. To save the environment and climate we now increasingly use the latest technology to manipulate and regain control. Bård investigates these borders between man made and nature.

PING PONG BELONG by Ole Martin Lund Bø @ MELK

MELK is proud to show a new series of work by Lund Bø, opening at their new location in Waldemar Thranes Gate 51, August 18. The series Ping Pong Belong consists of photographs printed on cotton canvas. Selected colours from the photographs are painted on the canvas, as if suggesting an imminent painting yet to be made. 

Make sure you also stop by MELK book shop!


During the Fotobokfestival Oslo 2016, Tronsmo will be open all week like always, so do come and spend some time in between all the other events on the programme.

They also have a special treat during the festival: a selection of choice titles from a personal collection, built up during the last 25 years. Many titles, and quite a few rare ones. And for the occasion, prices will be (too!) low…

We are also happy to invite you to their photobook launch on Friday 16th at 17:00. The (so far) fairly unknown Oslo photographer Lise Holm is self-publishing her book Zoo Entrance, and they will host an artist conversation between her and the (not so unknown) Oslo photographer Morten Andersen. Tronsmo style refreshments, like always.



18:00 - 23:00: Youngstorget - Opening!
20:00 Offisiell åpning ved Byråd for Kultur, Idrett og Frivillighet; Rina Mariann Hansen. DJ utover kvelden.

19:00 - 21:00: Fotogalleriet - Opening: For a gentle song would not shake us if we had never heard a loud one. Helene Sommer, Jacob Kirkegaard, Janet Biggs, Katja Aglert, Lasse Lecklin, Mette Tronvoll, Tonje Bøe Birkeland, Ulla Schildt.



12:00-17:00 Kulturhuset (boksen), Youngstorget  Seminar "Meet your neighbour" 12:00 Jonas Ekeberg (NO), curator, critic and editor for Kunstkritikk
Pétur Thomsen (IS), chair of FíSL - The Icelandic Contemporary Photography Association
John S. Webb (UK/SE), artist
Tonje Bøe Birkeland (NO), artist
Banja Rathnov (DK), arthistorian and gallerist
Lasse Lecklin (FIN), artist
Kjetil Berge (NO), artist
CC: Free. Limited seating!

Fotogalleriet 18:00-20:00 Performance and artist talk: Jacob Kirkegaard (DK) ”Isfald” in collaboration with Ultima Contemporary Music Festival/Ny Musikk. Artist talk with Jacob Kirkegaard and Anne Hilde Neset (Artistic director, NyMusikk).

MELK  18:00 Book signing Mårten Lange "Chicxulub"

Fotografiens Hus 19:00-21:00 Boklaunch Bård Ek "LED"


Youngstorget 18:00-20:00 Book launch and signing  Karina Sirkku Kurz – "Ungleichgewicht" (Nordic Dummy Award Winner ‘15) Emanuel Cederqvist – “Observatören” Johann Willner - "Wind upon the Face of Waters" Katja Aglert - "Winter Event-antifreeze" Madelen Isa Lindgren – “Victoria” Tonje Bøe Birkeland - "The Characters" Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir - "Hvassast"

: Opening Kristina Bengtsson

OSLO KULTURNATT (Extended opening hours)

Tronsmo Bokhandel
Photobook launch Lise Holm "Zoo Entrance", conversation w/ Morten Andersen

Extended opening hours (Oslo Kulturnatt)

Extended opening hours (Oslo Kulturnatt) 20:00-21:00 Award ceremony Nordic Dummy Award 2016

Fotografiens Hus
Extended opening hours (Oslo Kulturnatt)
Artist talk Bård Ek

MELK Galleri
12:00 - 22:00
Extended opening hours (Oslo Kulturnatt)


FFF/ Fotogalleriet

10.00 – 11.30 FotoKIDS
13.00 – 15.00


FFF/ Fotogalleriet
10.00 – 12.00
13.00 – 16.00

Finissage. Last opportunity for buying books

Fotobokfestival Oslo 2016 is supported by

Norsk Kulturråd
Norsk Fotografisk Fond
Fritt Ord
Norske Fagfotografers Fond
Oslo Kommune
Kulturkontakt Nord

Photo banner: Spessi Hallbjornsson