Morten Andersen, Country.Rock

17 November - 20 December 2017

Opening Reception Friday 17 November, 18:00 - 20:00

Morten Andersen (b 1965 Oslo) is one of Norway´s leading figures in photography. Through his 21 photobooks and numerous exhibitions he has invited us into his shadowland. He is a sharp witness of his own surroundings and expresses them by creating his own stories of everyday existence, strange worlds, silent nature and unusual characters. His work occupies a unique space between the objective and the subjective, the illusory and the real. By turning his lens towards real places and real people he also brings in cultural, historical and political issues. 


- "Country.Rock is the result of several trips to northern Norway over a period of 3-4 years. Andersen is exploring the challenging nature and the vast unspoilt countryside as a contrast to the region's small and remote communities.

Cold, snowy terrain appears as untouched by human activity. Single figures stir into the vast, foggy distance in compositions reminiscent of the 19th century romantic painting. Pictures of wreckages create links between contemporary scenes and the underlying science fiction inspired narrative.

Andersen uses a genre-wide approach to documentary photography where the images are contextualized through a post-apocalyptic, science fiction-inspired narrative. In Andersen's imagined future, an unspecified catastrophe has made Europe's urban population centers uninhabitable. The survivors - mostly young people - have migrated northwards, in an effort to create new communities and ways of living. The northern regions are thought of as a haven from today's social and political mistakes; blank sheets for a radical and post-capitalist future."
Text by Nicholas Norton

Country.Rock is Morten Andersens second solo show at Shoot Gallery.  


Morten Andersen was born in Akershus, Norway 1965. Started making fanzines and taking pictures of friends in punk rock bands at the age of 15. Continued shooting for bands and the Norwegian press during the 1980s, also worked in the darkroom at a daily newspaper in Oslo. Moved to New York and studied at International Center of Photography in 1990, where his teachers included photographers like Joan Liftin, Nan Goldin, Ken Schles and Larry Clark. Had an internship with Magnum photographer Gilles Peress.

Had his first solo exhibition at Fotogalleriet in Oslo in 1992, since then has had solo and group shows in New Zealand, France, Germany, Greece, Russia, Italy, Austria, Holland, England, Sweden, USA, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland. Has published 21 books of his own work: Fast City (1999), Days of Night (2003), Oslo F. (2005), Leira (2006), White Nights (2006), Fast/Days (2007), ASS TIME GOES BY (2008), Blå Skog/Blue Forest (2009), Jetlag and Alcohol (2009), Color F (2010), M in M (2011) and Black and Blue (2011).

Lives and works in Oslo, Norway.


SOLO SHOWS (selected)

Shoot gallery, Oslo, 2017 (november)

In)(between gallery, Paris, 2016

Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria, 2016

Shoot Gallery, Oslo 2015

Galleri MAP, Oslo, 2014

Centrum For Fotografi, Stockholm, Sweden 2014

Gallery Monthly, Nesodden, 2014

Lauba Contemporary Art Center, Zagreb, Croatia 2012

Hold Up Gallery, Paris, Frankrike 2011

Fotodepartament, St. Petersburg, Russia 2011

Podium, Oslo 2011

Porsgrunn Kunstforening 2010

Galleri MAP, Oslo 2008

Centro Portugues de Fotografia, Porto, Portugal 2007/2008

Westwerk, Hamburg 2007

Hole Art Center,(med Elin Drougge)Hole, Buskerud 2007

St Paul st. gallery, Auckland, New Zealand 2006

Akershus Kunstnersenter, Lillestrøm, 2006

Galleri Arena, Oslo 2005

Buro Empty, Amsterdam, Nederland 2005

Galleri Vox, Halden 2005

Gallery Antonio Ferrara, Wien, Østerrike 2004

Galeria Antonio Ferrara, Reggio Emilia, Italia 2003

Galleri Blunk, Trondheim 2002

Arendal Kunstforening, Arendal 2002

Kunstnersentret i Oppland, Lillehammer 2002

Westwerk, Hamburg, Tyskland 2001

Ileana Tounta Gallery, Athen, Hellas 2000

Musee Pierre Noel, St. Die des Vosges, Frankrike 2000

Museum of Nonconformist Art, St. Petersburg, Russland 2000

Atelier De Visu, Marseille, Frankrike 2000

Hot Rod, Oslo 1999

Mira, Stockholm, Sverige 1998

Galerie La Bas, Marseille, Frankrike 1996

Galleri Røiri, Bergen 1993

Fotogalleriet, Oslo 1992


GROUPSHOWS (selected)

Bokkunst, Bomullsfabrikken, Arendal, 2016

Record vol. 20, In)(between, Paris 2016

Fotoleggendo, Roma, Italy, 2013

Self Publish Be Happy, Photographers Gallery, London 2010

East west fusion, Hole Art Center, Hole, Buskerud 2009

Nature Morte-Still Life, Projekt Fabrika, Moskva 2009

Bookdummies, International Center of Photography, New York 2008

Hovedutstiller Fotografiets Dag, Preus Museum, Horten 2008

Cohen Amador Gallery, New York 2008

Norsk Skogmuseum, Elverum 2008

”20”, Akershus Kunstnersenter, Lillestrøm 2006

Bokaktig, Fotogalleriet, Oslo 2006

18 at 27, Galleri 27, Oslo 2005

Marks of Honour, FOAM/Van Zoetendall gallery, Amsterdam 2005

Galleri JMS med Unn Fahlstrøm og Anders Tomren. Oslo 2005

Another Photographic Approach part 1, Buro Empty, Amsterdam 2004

Absolut Empty, Buro Empty, Amsterdam, Holland 2003

Flyktige Fortellinger med Lucie N. Thune og Rune E. Helgesen,

Museet for samtidskunst, Oslo(bok) 2003

Images Against War, Galerie Lichtblick, Køln, Tyskland 2003

Mythos St. Pauli, Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Tyskland, (kat.) 2002

Internationale Fototage Herten, Tyskland, (kat.) 2001

Hereford Photography Festival, Hereford, England, (kat.) 2001

Argos Contemporary Art Event, Vevey, Sveits, (kat.) 2000

Wonderland, Noorderlicht, Groningen, Holland, (kat.) 1999

Errances, La Ciotat, Frankrike 1998

Festival Voies Off, Arles, Frankrike 1997/98/2003

En ny generasjon fotografer, Fotogalleriet, Oslo 1989




Fotografisk Vårutstilling, Fotogalleriet, Oslo 1988/95/98/2001/2014

Statens Høstutstilling, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo 1993/98/2003



International Center of Photography (ICP), New York, USA 1990-91

Fotolinja, Strømmen Yrkesskole 1984-85



International support, OCA, 2016

Projectsupport , Fritt Ord, 2015

Projectsupport, NBK, 2014

International support, OCA, 2014

Publication support, Norsk kulturråd 2013

Publication support, Fritt Ord, 2013

Publication support, NoFoFo 2013

International support, OCA 2012

Kunststipend fra Oslo Kommune 2011

Statens Garantiinntekt for kunstnere 2011

Publikasjonsstøtte, NOFOFO 2010

1-årig arbeidsstipend, FFF 2010

Utstillingsstipend, Norsk Kulturråd 2009

Publikasjonsstøtte, Norsk Kulturråd 2009

Fegerstens stiftelse 2008

Ingrid Langaards Legat 2008

International support, OCA 2007

3-årig arbeidsstipend, FFF 2007

Utstillingsstøtte, Norske Fagfotografers Fond 2007

Uts.støtte Norsk Fotografisk Fond 2006

Oslo bys kulturstipend 2005

2-årig stipend fra Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond 2005

International Support, OCA 2005

Publikasjonsstøtte, Norsk Kulturråd 2004

Studiestipend, DAAD, Berlin 2003

Publikasjonsstøtte, Norsk Kulturråd 2002

3-årig arbeidsstipend, NBK 2002

Prosjektstøtte, Norsk Fotografisk Fond 2001

1-årig arbeidsstipend for yngre kunstnere, FFF 2001

Reise/arb. stipend, Scandinavian-Japan Sasakawa Foundation 1999

Prosjektstøtte, NBK 1999

Debutantstøtte 1992



Country.Rock, Teknisk Industri, Oslo, 2017 (september)

Tokyo 20002002, Shadowlab/inbetween, Oslo/Paris, 2016

Now I wanna be your dog, Media Immediat, Marseille, 2015

Girls just wanna have fun, Hit Me, Oslo 2014

Foto Nice, Oslo, 2014

Stock, Stockholm, 2014

Untitled.Cities, Oslo, 2013

16 Bilder, 1%of ONE Verlag, Hamburg 2012

Flying, ParkArt, Bodø 2012

Black and Blue, Oslo 2011

M in M, Media Immediat, Marseille 2011

Color F, Oslo 2010

Blå skog/Blue Forest, Oslo 2009

Jetlag and Alcohol, Oslo 2009

Ass time goes by, Oslo 2008

Fast/Days, Porto, Portugal 2007

White Nights, Hit Me!,Oslo 2006

Leira, Hit Me! Oslo, 2006

Oslo F. Hit Me! Oslo 2005

Vortex m/Antonie D’Agata, Atlantica, Paris 2003

Days of Night, Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo 2003

Fast City, Hit Me!, Oslo1999



Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Preus Museum, Norsk Museum for Fotografi, Horten

New York Public Library, New York, Centro Portugues de Fotografia, Porto, Portugal