This is another Norway. Not the traditional beauty of fjords and spring-images of blonde girls. Clichés. This is the beauty of everyday life and dull realities. Something hard to define. It’s an outsider’s view, like window shopping. Frames stolen from a movie about Norway that’s never been made. If you take a look and freeze it, there is a lot of beauty there. It’s full of things so normal that they’ve become invisible to us as individuals, as a culture. It is about the little things. To stop, look and engage with your surroundings. Absorb what you see, the place you are. You Are Here. Present. What I show is my Norway. I hope that we can learn to see. See the obvious, details, excerpts. Not just the bold letters at the newsstand. But our own time’s complex simplicity. Old nostalgic black and white images from our time, in colours and emotions. This is a dive into the exotic world of everyday. These are the views of an insider, an introverted view of the known, but a foreigner’s account of his homeland after years of travelling in other continents and cultures. It is about a wonderful exotic and strange society, even for a Norwegian. Eivind H. Natvig spent 2011-2012 in a state of self-imposed homelessness staying with friends and strangers across the country; this and a variety of journeys from 2008-2013 make up the material of You Are Here Now.
You Are Here Now #44
From the series You Are Here Now
Eivind Natvig (b. 1978) is a visual artist based in northern Norway.
Following years of editorial work, both in at home and abroad, he has concentrated more and more of his energy on personal narratives, resulting in books and exhibitions in galleries and museums.
“You Are Here Now” (Tartaruga Press) emerged from an extended road trip during a period of self-imposed homelessness. Natvig lived on the couches of strangers throughout Norway creating a project riddled with juxtapositions.
During his next major project “Come, for all is now ready,” Natvig witnessed the circle of life play out in small islands societies scattered across arctic Norway. The work bears a distinct visual expression occupying a space somewhere between documentary photography and chanted verse. A voice not unlike like the prayers of the outlying faithful which the project seeks to chronicle.
Natvig sees photography as a means of discovering new points of view and a tool for conveying the experiences common to all humankind. At the core of his last body of work, “Today I am a human,” one finds a strong social and political conscience through examining a century of involuntary migration in the Middle East. His ruminations on the human condition provide a poetic testament on how profound and astonishing ordinary life can be.
Currently Natvig is working on one project in the Middle East and one in his adopted island home of Lofoten.
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