THE 40TH EDITION OF THE SPRING EXHIBITION
Forbundet Frie Fotografer (FFF) and Fotogalleriet are pleased to invite you to the 40th edition of Vårutstillingen, an annual exhibition which, according to tradition, focuses on exhibiting a wide selection of contemporary art from the photographic field. This year, for the first time, FFF and Fotogalleriet have also invited NŌUA & Stormen kunst/dájdda as co-organizers for parts of the exhibition.
We welcome everyone to the exhibition opening on Saturday 8 May in Bodø, and look forward to opening in Oslo as soon as we know more. In the meantime, you can both look in through the windows of the Photo Gallery and also experience the entire Spring Exhibition digitally. A link to the exhibition’s official website will be published on Saturday 8 May.
Since 1976, the Spring Exhibition has been a central event for Norwegian photographic art. For 45 years with almost as many editions, this series of artist-juried exhibitions has promoted photography’s position in the Norwegian art field for photographic art. As part of a long Salon tradition, the Spring Exhibition presents works that have been selected through a peer jury based on open submission. Each issue of the Vårutstillingen gives us an insight into what occupies artists in the photography art milieu in our time.
During the Spring Exhibition’s viewing period, a number of exhibition videos and presentations will be available on the exhibition’s official website. Also follow FFF and the Fotogallery’s Instagram for more information and access to the exhibition in both Oslo and Bodø.
The Spring Exhibition is an annual event by artists for artists. Decided by resolution at the general committee of FFF in 1976, the Spring Exhibition was established, as an answer to the Autumn Exhibition, to ensure the position of photographic art within the Norwegian contemporary art field. The exhibition is based on open submission and a thorough peer-to-peer juration.
The Norwegian Association of Fine Art Photographers (FFF) was initiated by Knut Evensen and Robert Meyer in 1974, as an answer to the need to strengthen the position of artistic photography. As of then FFF has been a nationwide members organization that work widely and ambitiously, professionally, and politically to promote artistic photography in Norway, as well as safeguard the social and political interests of photographic artists.
Stormen Kunst/dájdda is a display room for contemporary art in Stormen library. The showroom has an exhibition program that runs throughout the year and the exhibitions are free and open to everyone. The curator is from 2021 Stian Hansen.
NŌUA is an artist-run arena for photography as contemporary art in the center of Bodø. NŌUA collaborates with artists, curators, writers and art historians from home and abroad to create a program that promotes conversations and new thinking about photography as contemporary art and presents relevant art productions and artistry. NŌUA’s program of lectures, artist talks and exhibitions, as well as a photo book collection, is primarily presented in their premises in Bodø, but sometimes also outside the city and abroad in collaboration with external collaborators.
Fotogalleriet is the first Nordic institution dedicated solely to photography as a critical artistic practice. Since its establishment in 1977, Fotogalleriet has, through mediation and exhibitions, acted as a mediator between the national and the international discourse on photography. For several decades Fotogalleriet has been collaborating closely with FFF in the realization of the Spring Exhibition.
The Norwegian Association Of Fine Art Photographers (FFF) would like to thank the Visual Artists’ Aid Fund (BKH), the Norwegian Photography Fund (Nofofo), the Cultural Council, Fritt Ord and Oslo Municipality for their support of the Spring exhibition.
Fotogalleriet would like to thank the Royal Ministry of Culture, which provides the Fotogalleriet’s most important operating support; additional operating funds come from Nofofo, and partly from Oslo municipality.
The Norwegian Association Of Fine Art Photographers thanks NŌUA and Stormen kunst/dájdda in Bodø for being co-organizers and hosts of this year’s studio exhibition for the 40th edition of the Spring Exhibition 8 May – 30 June 2021.
A big thank you also goes to this year’s involved partners and contributors for the Spring Exhibition 2021: Jon Gorospe and Jan Khür behind Norwegian Photography Now for documentation, video production and technique/sound on finissage, Parabol Studio for this year’s exhibition profile and marketing material, Nilz & Otto for production/printing , technician Alf Olett, conversation participants Yamile Calderón and Robert Meyer, FFF’s wonderful gallery mediator Monika and the Fotogalleriet’s staff.