LIGHTS ONMorten Andersen - in Books & Frames

11.09 - 31.10.15 Opening Night Friday 11 september 7-9 pm

” I want to create stories with my pictures. Fictitious stories from my encounters with the real world. Stories which makes you start seeing; Oslo, the underground rock scene, Norwegian nature, my own neighbourhood and international cities." - Morten Andersen

Morten Andersen (b 1965 Oslo) is one of Norway´s leading figures in photography. Through his 18 photobooks and numerous exhibitions he has invited us into his shadowland. He is a sharp witness of his own surroundings and expresses them by creating his own stories of everyday existence, strange worlds, silent nature and unusual characters. His work occupies a unique space between the objective and the subjective, the illusory and the real. By turning his lens towards real places and real people he also brings in cultural, historical and political issues. 

LIGHTS ON is his first major exhibition in Oslo focusing on both the individual prints framed on the wall and his extensive book production showcasing all the books. The exhibition consists of 40 prints presenting black&white work from the 90´s, vintage prints as well as more recent color work. 

Morten Andersen was born in Akershus, Norway 1965. Started making fanzines and taking pictures of friends in punk rock bands at the age of 15. Continued shooting for bands and the Norwegian press during the 1980s, also worked in the darkroom at a daily newspaper in Oslo. Moved to New York and studied at International Center of Photography in 1990, where his teachers included photographers like Joan Liftin, Nan Goldin, Ken Schles and Larry Clark. Had an internship with Magnum photographer Gilles Peress.

Had his first solo exhibition at Fotogalleriet in Oslo in 1992, since then has had solo and group shows in New Zealand, France, Germany, Greece, Russia, Italy, Austria, Holland, England, Sweden, USA, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland. Has published 18 books of his own work: Fast City (1999), Days of Night (2003), Oslo F. (2005), Leira (2006), White Nights (2006), Fast/Days (2007), ASS TIME GOES BY (2008), Blå Skog/Blue Forest (2009), Jetlag and Alcohol (2009), Color F (2010), M in M (2011) and Black and Blue (2011).

Lives and works in Oslo, Norway.

Picture Title: Color F # 5, 2009, From the book Color F



Rockheim, Trondheim, Norway  2015
Galleri MAP, Oslo, Norway  2014
Centrum For Fotografi, Stockholm, Sweden  2014
Monthly, Nesodden, Norway  2014
Lauba, Zagreb, Croatia  2012
Hold Up Gallery, Paris, France  2011
Fotodepartament, St. Petersburg, Russia  2011
Podium, Oslo, Norway  2011
Porsgrunn Kunstforening, Porsgrunn, Norway  2010
Galleri MAP, Oslo, Norway  2008
Centro Portugues de Fotografia, Porto, Portugal  2007-2008
Westwerk, Hamburg, Germany   2007
Hole Art Center (with Elin Drougge), Buskerud, Norway  2007
St Paul st. gallery, Auckland, New Zealand  2006
Akershus Kunstnersenter, Lillestrøm, Norway  2006
Galleri Arena, Oslo, Norway  2005
Buro Empty, Amsterdam, Holland  2005
Galleri Vox, Halden, Norway  2005
Gallery Antonio Ferrara, Vienna, Austria  2004
Galeria Antonio Ferrara, Reggio Emilia, Italy  2003
Galleri Blunk, Trondheim, Norway  2002
Arendal Kunstforening, Arendal, Norway  2002
Kunstnersentret i Oppland, Lillehammer, Norway  2002
Westwerk, Hamburg, Germany  2001
Ileana Tounta Gallery, Athens, Greece  2000
Musee Pierre Noel, St. Die des Vosges, France  2000
Museum of Nonconformist Art, St. Petersburg, Russia  2000
Atelier De Visu, Marseille, France  2000
Hot Rod, Oslo, Norway  1999
Mira, Stockholm, Sweden  1998
Galerie La Bas, Marseille, France  1996
Galleri Røiri, Bergen, Norway  1993
Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway  1992



Fotoleggendo, Rome, Italy  2013
Scandinavian grey, Galleri Balder, Oslo, Norway  2013
Fotofest, Trondheim, Norway  2013
Le Garage, Arles, France  2010
The Apartment, Oslo, Norway  2010
Self publish, be happy, Photographers Gallery, London  2010
Photo-bookworks, Sheehan Gallery, Washington, USA  2010
East west fusion, Hole Art Center, Hole, Norway  2009
Nature Morte-Still Life, Projekt Fabrika, Moscow  2009
Bookdummies, International Center of Photography, New York  2008
Hovedutstiller Fotografiets Dag, Preus Museum, Horten, Norway  2008
Cohen Amador Gallery, New York  2008
Norsk Skogmuseum, Elverum, Norway  2008
PULP 11, Kistefoss-Museet, Norway  2007
'20', Akershus Kunstnersenter, Lillestrøm, Norway  2006
Nord Art, Rendsburg, Germany  2006
Bokaktig, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway  2006
Flaggfabrikken presenterer favoritter, Landmark, Bergen, Norway  2005
18 at 27, Galleri 27, Oslo, Norway  2005
Marks of Honour, FOAM/Van Zoetendall gallery, Amsterdam, Holland  2005
Galleri JMS med Unn Fahlstrøm og Anders Tomren. Oslo, Norway  2005
Another Photographic Approach part 1, Buro Empty, Amsterdam, Holland  2004
Absolut Empty, Buro Empty, Amsterdam, Holland  2003
Artforum Berlin, Gallery Antonio Ferrara, Berlin  2003
Flyktige Fortellinger with Lucie N.Thune and Rune E.Helgesen, Museet for samtidskunst, Oslo, Norway  2003
Images Against War, Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne, Germany  2003
Mythos St. Pauli, Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany  2002
Saved by Hot Rod & Diesel, Oslo Kunsthall, Norway  2001
Internationale Fototage, Herten, Germany  2001
Hereford Photography Festival, Hereford, England  2001
Argos Contemporary Art Event, Vevey, Switzerland  2000
Wonderland, Noorderlicht, Groningen, Holland  1999
Errances, La Ciotat, France  1998
Festival Voies Off, Arles, France  1997, 1998, 2003
En ny generasjon fotografer, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway  1989



International Center of Photography (ICP), New York, USA,  1990-91



Vårutstillingen, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway  1988, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2014
Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway  1993, 1998, 2003



Girls just wanna have fun, Oslo  2014
Never mind the bollocks here's Foto Nice, Oslo  2014
Stock, Stockholm  2014
Untitled.Cities., Oslo  2014
16 bilder, 1%ofONE Verlag, Hamburg, Germany  2012
Flying, Bodø 85/86, ParkArt, Bodø  2012
Black and Blue, Oslo  2011
M. in M., Mediat Immediat, Marseille  2011
Color F, Oslo  2010
Blå skog/Blue Forest, Oslo  2009
Jetlag and Alcohol, Oslo  2009
Ass time goes by, Oslo  2008
Norske Kunstfotografer 1970-2007, C.Brundtland  2007
Fast/Days, Porto, Portugal  2007
White Nights, Oslo  2006
Leira, Oslo  2006
Oslo F., Oslo  2006
Hot Rod, w/others, Gyldendal, Oslo  2004
Vortex w/Antoine D'Agata, Atlantica, Paris  2003
Days of Night, Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo  2003
Toit du Monde, w/others, Lars Mueller Verlag, Switzerland  2002
Mythos St. Pauli, w/others, Edition Braus, Germany  2002
Fast City, Oslo  1999
Wonderland, w/others, Idea Books, Holland  1999



Project support, Fritt Ord  2014
Project support, NBK  2014
International support, OCA  2014
Publication support, Norsk Kulturråd  2013
Publication support, Fritt Ord  2013
Publication support, NoFoFo  2013
International support, OCA  2012
Art and cultural grant from the city of Oslo  2011
Government's guaranteed income for artists/Garantiinntekt  2011
1-year work grant, FFF  2010
Publication support, NoFoFo  2010
Exhibition grant, Norsk Kulturråd  2009
Publication support, Norsk Kulturråd  2009
Fegerstens stiftelse  2008
Ingrid Langaards Legat  2008
International support, OCA  2007
3-year work grant, FFF  2007
Exhibition support, Norske Fagfotografers Fond  2007
Exhibition grant,(w/Elin Drougge), Norsk Kulturråd  2006
Exhibition support, Norsk Fotografisk Fond  2006
Oslo city's culture grant  2005
2-year grant, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond  2005
International Support, OCA  2005
Publication support, Norsk Kulturråd  2004
Study grant, DAAD, Berlin  2003
Publication support, Norsk Kulturråd  2002
3-year work grant, NBK  2002
Project support, Norsk Fotografisk Fond  2001
1-year work grant for young artists, FFF  2001
Exhibition support, Norwegian Department of Foreign Affairs  2000
Travel/work grant, Scandinavian-Japanese Sasakawa Foundation  1999
Project support, NBK  1999
Sleipner travel grant  1998
Debutant support  1992



Festival artist, ParkArt/Parkenfestivalen, Bodø  2012
ETC photo award, Stockholm, Sweden  2002



Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Preus Museum, Norsk Museum for Fotografi, Horten, Norway
Private collections in Paris, New York, Oslo, Athens, Genova, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Vienna, Los Angeles

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