26 September 2014

Exhibition in Malmö

by Andrea Gjestvang




Marcio Souza and Rasmus Vasli, the gallery owners


In August, I was invited to exhibit at photo gallery Galleri Vasli Souza in Malmö, Sweden. The gallery space is divided in two sections, and I decided to show both «Everybody Knows This is Nowhere» and «One Day in History». I have long wanted to exhibit these two projects together. Both present Norwegian youth and their world, yet in two different ends of the scale. While the youth in Finnmark were longing away from their quiet life, many of the young people who survived on Utøya 22nd of July were longing for the life they once had. The exhibition also included a sound work where visitors could sit down and listen to the stories of the young survivors. Galleri Vasli Souza has alternating exhibitions showing international contemporary photography. Located in the city center of Malmö, the gallery is well worth a visit.  

10 September 2014

Interview with Marie in daily newspaper Aftenposten

by Andrea Gjestvang


The Norwegian daily newspaper Aftenposten published a very nice interview with Marie, where she tells about her photography work and how she explores her own life, her family and immediate surroundings in her artwork. 

The interview can be read here (NB only in Norwegian).

05 September 2014

A new world

by Andrea Gjestvang

It has taken me a while to move on from my last project «One Day in History». I completed the book exactly two years ago. The project has been a big part of my personal and professional life for a very long time, it still is. Exhibitions, presentations, research interviews, artist talks, magazine requests etc. I am truly grateful for the interest and care people have shown in the stories of the youths, and I have felt the responsibility to share them as long as the interest exists, as well as sharing my acknowledge and experience on the topic. 

Now it is time to look ahead, move on, start a new project. It's challenging. The seriousness and commitment I felt when working on «One Day in » is something I constantly strive for as a photographer – knowing that your work really matters, to be able to impact other peoples lives, to be fully devoted to a project day and night. How can I ever do anything close to that again? I recently attended an artist talk with Nan Golding at Landskrona Photo festival in Sweden. She kept saying that if photography/art is not something you do because you have to, you should do something else. Now, sitting on a plane soon looking down on the Faroe Islands, - an entire new and unknown world to me, I am filled with excitement and curiosity to see if this feeling will awake again. 

26 March 2014

Just a small piece of nature at the centre of their universe

by Marie Sjøvold



























This week and weekend is the last chance to see my exhibition "Just a small piece of nature at the centre of their universe" at Trafo Kunsthall in Asker, Norway. I will be present, this last Sunday the 30th of March from 12.00-16.00, to answer questions for those who have one. The exhibition contains of 5 new photos in big format, an installation and is the last part for my trilogy on motherhood. I have made a catalog for this occasion in limited edition. It is possible to buy it at Trafo Kunsthall for 100 NOK. If you don´t have the possibility to go there, you can order it from me: info@mariesjovold.no.

19 February 2014

Beyond Realism

by Marie Sjøvold
©Rikke Benborg, Oh, Sweet Darkness, filmstill, 2013
©Isabelle Wenzel, Kiste #1, 2009



©Ebbe Stub Wittrup, Colored Ceiling (André Breton’s Room, automatique writing 1919), installation, 2011-2013
©Asger Carlsen, Untitled, fra serien Hester, 2011


©Sophia Kalkau, Tableau, 1999

©Marie Sjøvold, Midnight Milk #10, 2012

«Beyond Realism» is an exhibition at Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen about post-real tendencies in photography. Opening dates 24.01 - 23.03 2014.

I am a part of the exhibition Beyond Realism, together with the great artists Rikke Benborg (DK), Asger Carlsen (DK), Sophia Kalkau (GB), Isabelle Wenzel (DE) and Ebbe Stub Wittrup (GB).

The exhibition is curated by Kristine Kern and Laura Ifversen. The starting point for the thematic group exhibition Beyond Realism is to trace surreal tendencies in contemporary photography. The exhibition seeks to portray the unreal and the sensuous in contemporary art practice. It includes works that both contain a surrealistic theme and conceptually refer to the phenomenon of surrealism in a historical context.

«Beyond Realism» shows six very different artists working with their version of the surreal though common to them all is an exploration of the post-real. 

Read more about the exhibition here in the catalog.

I want to give a big thank to The Norwegian Embassy in Copenhagen for supporting the exhibition.

17 September 2013

A longer leave for Polish mothers

by heartbeat









Since June 2013 mothers in Poland have the right to a longer maternity leave, equivalent to double the six months previously allowed. All parents of children born after December 31. 2012 are entitled to 26 weeks of leave – regardless of the number of children at birth – plus an additional maternity leave which enables the parents to take care of a newborn child for up to 52 weeks. The parental leave is available equally to both the mother and father.
Last June, just after the extended leave became law, I went to Anny Mazowieckiej Hospital in Warsaw. There I met several mothers and asked them if they were satisfied with the new law. Most of them, although happy to have more time to spend with the baby, complained about weak financial support from the government. "The maternity benefit - 'becikowe' in Polish – is very low" expressed Urszula, mother of 6 children. "And the presence of architectural barriers make it difficult to go around with a pram or use public transport" young mother Katarzyna added. Furthermore, equality between men's and women's salaries has yet to be reached.

Isabella De Maddalena
(b.1978) was born in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy. In 2002 she graduated from the Brera Academy of Fine Art in Milan, with a focus in Painting. In 2010 she completed a Masters in Visual Storytelling at the Danish School ofPhotojournalism in Aarhus, Denmark.
From 2001 to 2006, Isabella worked atvarious photographic studios in Milan and London. In 2007 she worked as an assistant for Stefano De Luigi.
Isabella’s work focuses on long-term projects, with special attention on the status of women in contemporary society. Her main work so far is a project about motherhood throughout the world with the aim of documenting the various conditions of being a mother in different countries.
Her pictures have been published in various magazines, among them: Marie Claire France, Women's Wear Daily, ‘IL’- Intelligence in Lifestyle, Cosmopolitan Germany, Rolling Stone Italy and Allure Russia.

Isabella is represented by Luz photo Agency (Italy) and Anzenberger Agency (Austria).

05 September 2013

Last weeks of the European Identities exhibition in Oslo

by Marie Sjøvold











Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobels Fredssenter
 In 2011 a wonderful journey started when I received the European Photo Exhibition Award#1 (EPEA) together with eleven other European photographers. We were all given a grant and in a period of six months we were all to produce a photoessay on the theme European Identities. The work would be shown at Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany, at the Lumina Photo Festival in Lucca, Italy, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris, France and lastly in Oslo, Norway at the Nobel Peace Center.

Now, two years later it is a bit sad that the European Identities exhibition tour and the EPEA#1 journey is coming to an end, but I am grateful that many beautiful friendships with my EPEA colleges will remain. And it is amazing to know that the exhibition has attracted a total of more than 130 000 visitors in Hamburg, Paris, Lucca and Oslo. The exhibition is still open at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo until the 15th of September 2013. On the 13th of September Monica Larsen and myself will give a guided tour of our work at 19.30 and 20.30. Free entrance! I hope to see you there.