Tonje Bøe Birkeland constructs characters through photography, text, and objects. Her female figures balance on the border between fiction and reality. The landscapes work as a stage and reflect on the making of photographs: character, creator, camera and their common act of travel. The photographs show gaps and parallels in the friction between past and present, one society and another, a human being and a character from the past.
Birkeland (born 1985 Bergen, Norway) received an MA in Fine Art from Bergen Academy of Art and Design in 2012. The same year, she was also awarded the Hasselblad Foundation’s Victor Fellowship for the work Tuva Tengel (1901-1985) Letters from Mongoliaexhibited as part of the exhibition New Nordic Photography at the Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg. Birkeland has been a part of many group shows in Sweden. She was selected to exhibit her work Aline Victoria Birkeland – The Unknown Adventurer at the Bergen Museum, 2011. She has also participated in group shows at Horizonte, Zingst, Germany and Goldener Kentaur, Munich.
Self-published in collaboration with Bergen Kjøtt Publishing
Design: Anette L´Orange
Edition of 300.