0314 – Lina Scheynius – Exhibition 02 (excerpts from the diary series)

March 14 – April 12 2014
Preview Friday March 14
7 – 9pm

Lina Scheynius - Untitled

Lina Scheynius – Untitled, from the diary series, 2012, 10 x 15 cm, c-print – Courtesy MELK, Oslo and Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich

In Lina Scheynius’s work we enter an autobiographical, private photo diary. Via the images we follow what appears as Scheynius’ private life: We view her friends and lovers, follow her own intent gaze, observe her body parts and secret intimate moments. The snapshot and documentary aesthetics makes it difficult to identify where the line between life as a private matter and life as a public matter obtains, and if the images should be perceived as moments of realism or pure imagination. Aesthetically Exhibition 02 (excerpts from the diary series) transforms the exhibition space into an intimate and physical sphere.

By turning the camera towards herself, Scheynius invites the viewer not only to follow her private life, but also to observe her naked body. In 02 she poses in different spaces and positions, nude and intimate. Despite the sexual denotations, the portraits challenge traditional theories of the female role as passive and objectified. By her exploration of exhibitionism and the self-portrait the photograph endorses her to re-present herself as the subject.

Through the photographic works the spectator does not only enter the gaze and private life of the artist, he or she also becomes the spectator of a photographic performance. While the artist performs her body, the performative means of the photograph perform her identity and how we read her body.

Lina Scheynius (b. 1981) was born in Vänersborg, Sweden. She lives and works in London. Her work was recently exhibited at the Christopher Guye Gallery in Zurich, Tanja Wagner in Berlin, and Deichtor Hallen (House of Photography) in Hamburg. She has shot for many publications including British Vogue, AnOther Magazine and Dazed and Confused. In 2012, she served as the photo columnist for Zeit Magazine, following in the footsteps of Juergen Teller and Paolo Pellegrin. She has published five limited edition books.

This is Scheynius’ first solo-exhibition in Scandinavia. MELK is supported by the Art Council Norway.

Lina Scheynius – Untitled, from the diary series, 2012, 40 x 60 cm, c-print

Lina Scheynius – Untitled, from the diary series, 2012, 40 x 60 cm, c-print

I arbeidene til Lina Scheynius tar vi del i en selvbiografisk og privat fotodagbok. Gjennom bildene følger vi det som fremstår som Scheynius’ private liv; vi observerer hennes elskere og venner, følger hennes blikk og betrakter hennes kropp i intime settinger. Informert av estetikk hentet fra øyeblikksbildet og dokumentaren, iboende et abstrahert skille mellom et liv som en privat sfære og livet som en offentlig hendelse, blir bildene til fragmenter i spillet mellom fantasi og realisme. Exhibition 02 (excerpts from the diary series) forvandler utstillingsrommet til et intimt og fysisk rom.

Ved å vende kameraet mot seg selv inviterer ikke bare Scheynius betrakteren til å følge hennes private liv, men også for å betrakte hennes nakne kropp. Til tross for den seksuelle fremtoningen utfordrer portrettene tradisjonelle teorier om den kvinnelige rollen som passiv og objektivisert.

I de fotografiske arbeidene deler betrakteren blikket og det private livet til kunstneren, i tillegg til at man selv også blir tilskuer til en fotografisk øvelse. Det performative aspektet ved Scheynius’ arbeider blotter hennes identitet og leder mot dialog rundt vår tolkning av hennes kropp.

Lina Scheynius (f. 1981 Vänersborg , Sverige) bor og arbeider i London. Hennes tidligere utstillinger var ved Christopher Guye Gallery i Zürich, Tanja Wagner i Berlin og Deichtor Hallen (House of Photography ) i Hamburg. Hun har gjort serier for for en rekke magasiner som britiske Vogue, Another Magazine og Dazed and Confused. I 2012 var hun spaltist for Zeit Magazine, som følger i fotsporene til Juergen Teller og Paolo Pellegrin. Hun har utgitt fem kunstnerbøker.

Exhibition 02 (excerpts from the diary series) er Lina Scheynius’ første separatutstilling i Skandinavia.

MELK er støttet av Kulturrådet.kulturrad

Galleriet er åpent torsdag – lørdag 12 – 16 under utstillinger, eller etter avtale.