Up-and-coming Scandinavian photographers exhibit in Notting Hill

 Date:13/03/2006 - 06/05/2006
 Location:England, London

Norwegian Frode Fjerdingstad and Swedish Marcus Palmqvist collaborate on their third photography project, opening at the Notting Hill Arts Club on 13 March.

The exhibition entitled “Le poisson et d'autre chose” deals with the life of a drifter on the streets of Paris. Roaming endlessly and picking up clues on his path, he pretends that nobody knows who he is nor speaks his language. His only goal for this day is to get hold of a gold fish…

From an ironic point of view, the project questions the male archetype in film. Simultaneously, it is a homage to Film Noir and the Nouvelle Vague of the 60’s, that often described the lonely man battled against the strong forces of society. The aimlessly drifting main character is a clear anti-hero. With inspiration from Duane Michaels photo stories, Cindy Sherman and 60’s film aesthetics the artists have created an environment where the notion of freedom from time and space plays an important role. The photo sequences in this project describes a man in perpetual motion, modulating constantly from one stadium to the next, searching for something that may not exist. The images are everyday situations, laden with connotations of mystery.

This project is Frode and Marcus’ third collaboration since graduating from London College of Printing. The two previous projects have both been well received and exhibited in a number of galleries in London and published in magazines such as The Guardian Weekend Magazine.

Edy Poppy and her husband Tamaien have written texts inspired by the images, without any guidelines or limitations, adding a new point of view.

Frode Fjerdingstad was born in Oslo, Norway in 1975. He studied photography in Oslo and at the London College of Printing. Frode has previously exhibited his work at  the Notting Hill Arts Club, ICA and Fotogalleriet. He was part of the “Diesel New Art” exhibition in Oslo in 2005 and was a runner up at the National Autumn exhibition in Oslo in 2004. He has also contributed with work for STÆRK, a DVD wich was part of the Creative Review, May 2005 issue. The DVD was a production of the Norwegian Embassy in London to promote Norwegian artists in the UK. He lives and works as a freelance photographer in Oslo.

Marcus Palmqvist was born in Borås, Sweden in 1976. He studied photography at the London College of Printing, co-founded “Beach Club”, a Scandinavian monthly art showcase, in London 2001 and started Swedish art based magazine “Amjus” in 2004. He has been practising his photography full time since 2003 and has published work in a variety of international magazines such as Dazed and Confused, Crash, the Guardian, the Blow Up and Fjords. He has had several exhibitions in London, Paris and Stockholm. He lives and works as a freelance photographer in Paris.

Edy Poppy (pseudonym for Ragnhild Moe), grew up on a farm in Bø in Telemark, Norway, but at seventeen she moved to Montpellier, France, where she met Tamaien, a writer and filmmaker, with whom she has done numerous collaborations. Together they later moved to London where they lived for seven years, before moving to Norway. Edy Poppy and Tamaien have a collective background in theatre, film and art. Edy Poppy has published short stories, essays and poems in English, American and Norwegian literary and art magazines. “Anatomy. Monotony”, her first novel, won the Gyldendal prize for best contemporary love-story, and was published in 2005 to critical acclaim. It will soon be translated into German, Italian and Finnish.  

Le poisson et d'autre chose
Notting Hill Arts Club
21 Notting Hill Gate
London W11 3JQ 
Telephone: 020 7460 4459

The exhibition runs from 13 March to 6 May 2006. 

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Notting Hill Arts Club shows the exhibition "Le poisson et d'autre chose" from 13 March to 6 May 2006.Photo: Frode Fjerdingstad and Marcus Palmqvist

 Photo: Frode Fjerdingstad and Marcus Palmqvist

Photo: Frode Fjerdingstad and Marcus Palmqvist

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