27 & 28 April 2019

Oslo Opens Reference group
Astrup Fearnley Museum for Moderne Art
Atelier Nord
Billedkunstnerne i Oslo og Akershus (BOA)
Forbundet Frie Fotografer (FFF)
Kunstnernes Hus
The National Museum of Art, Archtecture and Design
Norsk Billedhoggerforening (NBF)
Norske Kunsthåndverkere Oslo og Akershus (NKOA)
Norsk senter for teknologi i musikk og kunst (NOTAM)
Norske tekstilkuntnere/SOFT
Tegnerforbundet (TF)
Young Artists Society (UKS)

Gleditsch, Espen


Espen Gleditsch (b. 1983) works experimentally and investigatively with photography, text-based works, painterly interventions in the gallery space and sculptural works. In his artistic practice, he examines fundamental issues of how we construct and perceive history. His recent projects have taken as a point of departure the lost colours of modernist architecture and antique sculpture. A common thread in Gleditsch’s practice is questions about how narratives concerning historical and contemporary events are formed, disseminated and legitimized. With his projects, Gleditsch questions how coincidences, unintentional displacements, human desires, and ideology determine the aspects of history that are retained and which ones are rejected in order to establish a coherent narrative, and for whom.

Member of UKS, NBK, FFF

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Espen Gleditsch - Faded Remains, Golsa, 2018 (installasjonsfoto)
Espen gleditsch   ilioneus, 2017, 40x60 cm, archival pigment print & foil on glass
Espen Gleditsch - Ilioneus, 2017, 40x60 cm, archival pigment print & foil on glass.
Espen gleditsch   narcissus, 2017, 40x60 cm, archival pigment print & foil on glass
Espen Gleditsch - Narcissus, 2017, 40x60 cm, archival pigment print & foil on glass.
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Espen Gleditsch - Faded Remains, Golsa, 2018 (installasjonsfoto)

Planned projects and exhibitions

In the spring of 2019, Gleditsch will present a newly developed project in a solo show at the artist-run gallery Podium in Oslo. For the summer of 2019, Gleditsch is invited as anniversary artist in connection with the 40th anniversary of Østlandsutstillingen, as part of the shows curated section.


Born 1983, Holmestrand, Norway.

2016-17: ISCP, New York (US)
2013-15: Oslo National Academy of the Arts, The Academy of Fine Art, MFA
2004-05: FAMU – Academy of Performing Arts Prague, Department of Photography
2003-04: Fatamorgana – The Danish School of Art Photography
2002: University of Oslo

2019: Podium, Oslo
Østlandsutstillingen, 40 year anniversary
2017: Polymorphous Magical Substance, Bergen Kunsthall NO.5 (NO)
Faded Remains, Galleri Galleberg, Tønsberg (NO)
2016: A Place by the Sea, Noplace, Oslo (NO) & Frama, Copenhagen (DK)
Polymorphous Magical Substance, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo (NO)
2015: White Lies, Fotogalleriet [format], Malmö (SE)
2013: Phantom Hills, Haugesund kunstforening (NO)
2012: Parallax, MELK, Oslo (NO)
Nostalgia, Galleri Galleberg, Tønsberg (NO)
2009: This is the end, Galleri Spark, Copenhagen (DK)
This is the end, Galleri Ask, Åsgårdstrand (NO)

2018: Munchs hus, Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum
Milkshake #3, Golsa, Oslo
Between the Lines, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo
Juleutstillingen, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo (NO)
2017: The Young Lions, Preus Museum, Horten (NO)
Lucia, QB Gallery & Blomqvist Kunsthandel, Oslo (NO)
Booki, :Skala Gallery, Poznan (PL)
Juleutstillingen, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo (NO)
2016: Dislocating Surfaces – New Scandinavian Photography, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (NO)
Juleutstillingen, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo (NO)
2015: Black Mountain. An Interdisciplinary Experiment 1933 – 1957, performance program, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (DE)
All maten du åt og tankene i hjernen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (NO)
Hello Future – Talents Archive, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens (GR)
BMC – Behind the Scenes, Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (NO)
2014: The Collection, Haugar Art Museum, Tønsberg (NO)
Blog-Reblog, Austin Center for Photography, Austin TX (US)
In·ter·pret·a·ble, Marleik prosjektrom, Drammen (NO)
Bauhausphoto – From the Collection of Preus Museum, Galleri Galleberg, Tønsberg (NO)
2013: Spring Exhibition, Fotogalleriet, Oslo (NO)
Blog-Reblog, Signal Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC (US)
Narrative Structures, Stryx Gallery, Birmingham (UK)
Missing. Small Wolf in Bronze. Has Disappeared., Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus (NO)
Nostalgia, MELK, Oslo (NO) [book launch]
2012: What A Mess, Hydrogenfabrikken Kunsthall, Fredrikstad (NO) represented by Kontorprojects
Nofound Photo Fair, Paris (FR) represented by MELK
2011: The National Annual Autumn Exhibition, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (NO)
Østlandsutstillingen 2011, Akershus Kunstsenter, Kunstbanken Hedmark
Kunstsenter & Bølgen Kulturhus (NO)
New Art Vestfold, Sandefjord kunstforening, Sandefjord (NO)
2010: Border District, Haugar Art Museum, Tønsberg (NO)
Strange Age Art Festival, Podium, Oslo (NO)
2009: Labyrint 09 – Writings and Observations, Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm (SE)
2008: Photographic Tendencies, Kultur- und Kunstverein Linda, Hamburg (DE)
Container, Copenhagen Contemporary, Galleri Spark, Copenhagen (DK)
Photographic Tendencies, Henningsen Contemporary, Copenhagen (DK)

2018: Arts Council Norway, The Government Grants for Artists, work grant
2017: Gabriele Basilico Prize, nominee
Arts Council Norway, The Government Grants for Artists, work grant
2016: Victor Fellowship 2016, Hasselblad Foundation
Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, work grant
Plat(t)form, Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH), invited participant
2015: Foam Paul Huf Award, short list
Arts Council Norway, The Government Grants for Artists, work grant.
2014: Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond, Art Student Scholarship
2013: Arts Council Norway, The Government Grants for Artists, one year work grant
2012: Arts Council Norway, The Government Grants for Artists, one year work grant.

Haugar Art Museum
KORO, University of Tromsø

Polymorphous Magical Substance, Bergen Kunsthall, 2017 (catalogue)
Polymorphous Magical Substance, Heavy Books, 2017 (artist book)
Neues Bauen, Angle 13°, Multipress, 2016 (artist book)
Finnish Harassment, pamphlet, Galleberg Forlag, 2014 (artist book)
Nostalgia, ISBN:978-82-923-3303-9 , Galleberg Forlag, 2012 (artist book)
Rorschach Ghost Notes, vinyl record edition, Galleberg Forlag, 2011
Friedrich, du blir observert…, 2010 (artist book)

Fotobyen Oslo, Jonas Ekeberg & Simen Joachim Helsvig, Kunstkritikk.no, 15-03-18
Frisk Melk, Arve Rød, Dagbladet, 12-03-18.
Truffet av lyset, Simen Joachim Helsvig, Kunstkritikk.no, 16-02-18.
Form og farge, Kåre Bulie, D2, Dagens Næringsliv, 03-11-17.
Photography, architecture and the art of misrepresentation, Elias Redstone, 2017.
Espen Gleditsch “Polymorphous Magical Substance” at Bergen Kunsthall,
Mousse Magazine (moussemagazine.it), 24-07-17.
Streker med kropp og skarp kant, Lars Elton, Dagsavisen, 14-06-17.
Fotobøker er det nye visningsrom, Nina Strand, Dagbladet, 05-07-17.
Preus museum + Fotogalleriet = Sant, Susan Falkenås, Kunstkritikk.no, 19-04-17.
Critic’s Guide: Oslo, Harry Thorne, Frieze.com, 20.06.2016
A Form of Relay, Objektiv – The Flexible Image part ll, 2016
A New Type of Imprint, vol. 9, 2016
Kunsthøydepunkter i kø, 2016, Heidi Borud, Aftenposten, 03.01.2016.
Mastering the art. The long road through art education, Simen J. Helsvig, Norwegian Art Yearbook 2015, Pax forlag.
En taktil värld, Sara R. Yazdani, Kunstkritikk.no, 03-06-15.
På trygg grunn, Nicholas Norton, Billedkunst 04-15.
Kunstneriske undersøkelser, Billedkunst 04-15.
Nostalgia, Fotografi (journal), issue 4, 2014
Weissenhof Estate, Texted, journal, February 2014.
2013, an art oddysey, C-print, a journal about contemporary art, 06-10-13.
Se opp for disse, Line Ulekleiv, Dagbladet 25-04-13.
Mirage-making, Declan Long, Source, issue 76, 2013.
Vårutstillingen 2013, Stephanie von Spreter, catalogue, Fotogalleriet.
Parallax, Natt&Dag, 08. mars 2012.
Statens 124. kunstutstilling – Høstutstillingen 2011, catalogue, Norske billedkunstnere.
Border District, Tone Lyngstad Nyaas, catalogue, Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, 2010.

2017: Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen
International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York (US)
Fotogalleriet, Oslo
2016: Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo

2017- : University of Bergen, department of Fine Art, writing teacher
2016- : Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Chairman of the board
2012- : Oslo Fotokunstskole, teacher, image, aesthetics and writing
2015-17 : Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Fund for Art and Design Students, board member
2012-15: Fotogalleriet, Oslo, board member (deputy)
2013-14: Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Academy of Fine Art department, committee member hiring committee for academic positions
2013-14: Forum for art education, board member
2013-14: Oslo Open, board member (deputy)

Member of Young Artist Society (UKS)
Member of Forbundet Frie Fotografer (FFF)


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