Metsä, the Finnish word for forest, involves photographs from a project wherein Per Berntsen has set out to do an artistic documentation of the taiga, the landscape of coniferous forests and marshlands connecting the northern parts of Russia, Norway, Finland and Sweden. The exhibition contains 40 black and white landscape photographs from this region, taken between 2013 and 2015 with a 16 x 21 cm large format camera.
Per Berntsen (b. 1953) is one of the veterans of photographic art in Norway and an important advocate for the mediums rise and acceptance nationally. Berntsen was educated at Trent Polytechnic / Derby College of Art, England, during the second half of the 1970s and has actively exhibited since his debut in 1980 at Fotogalleriet (The Photography Gallery) in Oslo. His works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo.
Exhibition period: 02.09.17 – 22.10.2017
Per Berntsen web page: http://perberntsen.com/_exhibitions/_pages/metsa-karasjok.php