Photographs that evoke emotions
In his works, Rødland often combines figures asymmetrically. Old is coupled with young, different ethnic backgrounds mix, and the power relations of the models are out of balance: one dominates while the other submits. However, Rødland’s aim is to deconstruct these dichotomies by showing that they are intertwined. This idea repeats in many Eastern philosophies that for instance posit that it is impossible to comprehend good without evil.
The feeling of unease is also often present in Rødland’s photographs. In his works the viewer encounters an ambiguous scene which may be the result of either tenderness or violence. It is up to the viewer to interpret the situation.
“I am interested in things that have more layers that can go in different direction, both ways.” – Torbjørn Rødland
Although Rødland’s medium is photography, the key work in the exhibition Fifth Honeymoon is the new film Between Fork and Ladder, shot in Los Angeles and the scenic landscape of Norway’s Lofoten Islands.
Torbjørn Rødland (b. 1970, Stavanger, Norway) lives and works in Los Angeles. He has displayed his work at the Venice Biennale; Serpentine Gallery, London; MoMA PS1, Long Island City; and Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima.
Fifth Honeymoon is Rødland’s first solo exhibition in Finland.
Gallery name: Kiasma
Address: Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki
Opening hours: Tue, Sat 10:00 - 18:00, Wed-Fri 10:00 - 20:30, Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Open: 13.09.2019 - 05.01.2020