Torbjørn Rødland's Fifth Honeymoon

Norwegian artist Torbjørn Rødland (seen below) is known for carefully staged photographs that evoke emotions. His photographs are highly charged and intimate, often centered around the human figure. Bodies appears in Rødland’s work both as portraits and as individual parts such as hands, feet, ankles and knees or they appear as staged, typologized “characters” in the midst of a telling moment. Like the artist’s many still lifes, these photographs are made to reflect our complex and layered reality. The results are ambitious and ambiguous images that both appeal and repel.

Torbjørn Rødland . Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Petri Virtanen

Torbjørn Rødland. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Petri Virtanen

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.

Torbjørn Rødland ,  The Ring,  2017, Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper, 60 x 76 cm, Courtesy of Galerie Eva Presenhuber

Torbjørn Rødland, The Ring, 2017, Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper, 60 x 76 cm, Courtesy of Galerie Eva Presenhuber

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 ,  Silent Scream,  2017, Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper, 57 x 45 cm, Courtesy of KODE – Art Museums and Composer Homes, Norway

Torbjørn Rødland, Silent Scream, 2017, Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper, 57 x 45 cm, Courtesy of KODE – Art Museums and Composer Homes, Norway

Torbjørn Rødland (b. 1970, Stavanger, Norway) lives and works in Los Angeles. Fifth Honeymoon is one of Rødland’s newest bodies of work. It’s also his first solo exhibition in Finland. The exhibition is produced by Bergen Kunsthall in collaboration with Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki.

Torbjørn Rødland ,  Race Cards,  2017, Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper, 57 x 45 cm, Courtesy of STANDARD (OSLO)

Torbjørn Rødland, Race Cards, 2017, Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper, 57 x 45 cm, Courtesy of STANDARD (OSLO)


Torbjørn Rødland
Fifth Honeymoon
Kiasma, Helsinki

13 September 2019 – 5 January 2020
Kiasma
Kaivokatu 2
00100 Helsinki
Finland
Tel: 0294 500 200