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© Knut Åsdam, Egress (détail), 2013
Film numérique 5K à 2K, couleur, 5.1. audio, 41:00 minutes
Produit par Knut Åsdam, co-produit par Vitakuben Film
Avec l'aimable permission de l'artiste

Cette oeuvre est protégée par le droit d'auteur et il est strictement interdit de la reproduire.

© Knut Åsdam, Egress (detail), 2013
5K to 2K digital film, colour, 5.1 audio, 41:00 minutes
Produced by Knut Åsdam, co-produced by Vitakuben Film
Courtesy of the artist

Copyright laws protect this art work and it is strictly forbidden to copy or reproduce this image.

Knut Åsdam
From October 20th 2016 to January 14th 2017
Biennale de Montréal - Le Grand Balcon

The Biennale de Montréal and OPTICA present Knut Åsdam as part of BNLMTL 2016, Le Grand Balcon.

Curator: Philippe Pirotte

Knut Åsdam is a filmmaker, installation artist, sculptor and photographer. The central focus of his work tracks the psychological and material effects of everyday life in contemporary society. Åsdam investigates, through diverse forms, the usage and perception of public urban spaces, including their structure of political power and authority. For this occasion his films Egress (2013) and Tripoli (2010) are presented.

Egress follows the life of a young woman whose job at a gas station on the outskirts of Oslo makes her both witness and subject to consumerism, social hierarchies, the repetition and alienation of daily life, violence, and the insecurity belying the sanitized appearance of the location. Consisting of documentary material, this experimental film focuses at once on a place and on the characters to approach the experience of work in today’s society, but also the highly hierarchical oil industry and its locus of power.

For its part, Tripoli unfolds in the city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon, more precisely on the site of a major architectural project associated with the famous Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, and interrupted in 1975 due to the civil war. Combining documentary language on architecture and a meeting of narrative fragments, the film metaphorically brings to life the charged past of this place, which was used as a weapons depot during the war and whose political echoes and violence reverberate in today’s society.

PRESS RELEASE(pdf)

Biennale de Montréal Office for Contemporary art Norway



Born in Trondheim (Norway) in 1968, Knut Åsdam lives and works in Oslo. His work has been shown widely, in solo exhibitions including as part of the project Oslo Pilot, Oslo (2016); at Šiuolaikinio meno centras kino (Lithuania, 2013); Galerija Vartai (Lituania, 2012); Tate Modern (England, 2011); Bergen Kunsthall (Norway, 2010); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Netherlands, 2007); Objectif Exhibitions (Belgium, 2006); Fonds régional d’art contemporain de Bourgogne (France, 2006); Kunsthalle Bern (Switzerland, 2005); Museet For Samtidskunst (Norway, 2001); Tate Britain (England, 2000); Nordic Pavilion as part of the 48th Venice Biennale (Italia, 1999); and at the Norwegian Pavilion as part of Melbourne International Biennial (Australia, 1999). Åsdam’s work has also been featured in Manifesta 7 (Italia, 2007) and in group exhibitions at Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma (Italia, 2007); MoMA PS1 (United States, 2006); Istanbul Biennial (Turkey, 2003); Moderna Museet (Sweden, 1998-1999); and Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (France, 1998).

http://www.knutasdam.net