Fifth Honeymoon is Torbjørn Rødland’s twelfth publication. It accompanies a series of solo exhibitions held at Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (2018); Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (both 2019).
The Publication features thirty new photographs and a new video work, his first in eleven years. Photographed exclusively on analog material, often in staged studio settings, Rødland’s works hold a unique place in the treatment of images by artists today. His photographs have an almost uncomfortable ambiguity, fully aware as they are of the power of images and the slippery comfort of normative formats, while simultaneously showing a sincere desire for the emotions and the magic that are at play in the world. His photographs manifest what we experience as beautiful, and sometimes repulsive, but not in any conventional way. Rødland makes use of these aesthetic categories and the forms in which they are expressed, and confronts them, complicates them, and exaggerates them with contradictory concepts, such as the uncanny, the nasty, the messy.
Fifth Honeymoon features all of the new works in Torbjørn Rødland’s eponymous exhibition, as well as newly commissioned essays by the American writer and cultural theorist Sianne Ngai and artist colleague Matias Faldbakken.
Torbjørn Rødland lives and works in Los Angeles and Oslo. His photographic work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at, among other venues, Fondazione Prada, Milan (2018); the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (2017); and the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2003).
Publisher: Sternberg Press.
Writer: Torbjørn Rødland
Size: 19,5 x 23,5 cm, 136 pages