Discussions / Ateliers


Fotogalleriet , Oslo, Norway
03 Nov 2018 - 19 Jan 2019


Let’s Talk about Images is Fotogalleriet’s new discursive programme. The weekly events are grounded in photographic and cinematographic works produced in recent years as examples of artistic practices that critically engage society and its representations.

With Heba Y. Amin, Terje Abusdal, Kahled Barakeh, Delphine Bedel, Marianne Hultman, Bouchara Khalili, Eline Mugaas, Elise By Olsen, Maria Pasenau, Tine Semb, Simon Sheik, Sara R. Yazdani, Knut Åsdam.

At the same time, the programme explores the embodiment of the Image and the abandonment of spectatorship. Through artists’ presentations, discussions and screenings, ‘Let’s Talk about Images’ aims to analyse and explore the world of the perceptible and to rethink how ocularcentrism has taken over the human reign of senses. Strategies discussed in this series of programmes will range from cultural hacking, the construction and negotiation of identities in relation to normative power structures, asserting presence by absence of words, objects, victims and bodies, techno-utopian visions, creative storytelling, and narrative rifts.

Fifty years after Debord’s revolutionary analysis of the global effects of image production it can be retranslated in what has been recently defined as the “new dark age”, where computerized technology transformsthe world in ways divergent from human perception and comprehension. As an easily deceived sense, sight is readily adaptable to present day society’s opaqueness. In this overwhelming torrent of images, can we discern ‘artistic approaches’ to this new image environment, to world events, and to history in general? Is art an antidote to this one-way street image production, or capable only to document the scars which are left behind? Do we live in a depopulated ‘world of images’, the violence of which bears witness to a metonymical mode of representation? And is the role of art to humanise the violence of the imagery we are subjected to, or to instead shape different ways of seeing?


See the full program here.