Fifth Honeymoon

Fifth Honeymoon

By Torbjørn Rødland

Edited by Steinar Sekkingstad and Axel Wieder

Distributed for Sternberg Press

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This publication accompanies Torbjørn Rødland's exhibition “Fifth Honeymoon,” produced as a collaboration between Bergen Kunsthall; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; and Helsinki's Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma; and featuring thirty new photographs and a new video work, his first in eleven years. Photographed exclusively on analog material, often in staged studio settings, Rødland's works hold a unique place in the treatment of images by artists today. His photographs have an almost uncomfortable ambiguity, fully aware as they are of the power of images and the slippery comfort of normative formats, while simultaneously showing a sincere desire for the emotions and the magic that are at play in the world. His photographs manifest what we experience as beautiful, and sometimes repulsive, but not in any conventional way. Rødland makes use of these aesthetic categories and the forms in which they are expressed, and confronts them, complicates them, and exaggerates them with contradictory concepts, such as the uncanny, the nasty, the messy.

Fifth Honeymoon features all of the new works in Torbjørn Rødland's eponymous exhibition, as well as newly commissioned essays by the American writer and cultural theorist Sianne Ngai and artist colleague Matias Faldbakken.

Copublished with Bergen Kunsthall; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

ContributorsMatias Faldbakken, Sianne Ngai

Hardcover

$36.00 T ISBN: 9783956794124 136 pp. | 7.75 in x 9.25 in

Not for sale in Europe or the UK.

Editors

Steinar Sekkingstad

Axel Wieder

Axel Wieder is a curator and writer and since 2018 director of Bergen Kunsthall. He has been director of Index—the Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation in Stockholm (2014–2018), where he organized solo exhibitions with Simone Forti, Stephen Willats, Sidesel Meineche Hansen, Willem de Rooij, and Anna Boghiguian and a collaborative project by John Skoog and Emanuel Röhss.