Andrea Gjestvang

25.10.2012 in23:58 in Documentary -->


In Norway, the 22nd of July 2011 has etched itself into the collective and private memory forever. That day a car bomb killed eight people and damaged the executive government quarter in Oslo; few hours later, 69 young people were killed at a summer camp on the island of Utoya. The camp was organized by AUF, the youth division of the ruling Norwegian Labour Party. The perpetrator was a Norwegian right-wing extremist.Around 600 people survived the attacks on Utoya, more than half of them under the age of 18. Now they have returned to their normal lives, spread all over the country, but for many life will never be quite the same. The young survivors will live on with their scars — both visible and mental — many of which may never fully heal. A whole generation, on the threshold of adulthood, have been marked for life by acts rooted in an ideology that many consider the greatest threat to modern democracy.Andrea Gjestvang is a Norwegian photographer based between Berlin and Oslo. For the past years, she has been focusing on the northern parts of the world, where she explores the intimate life and persistence of people living in remote and inaccessible environments. Her work has a strong political view on the social and anthropological issues related to globalization, identity and cultural uniqueness.In 2010 Andrea was selected as a participant of the Joop Swart Masterclass organized by World Press Photo. From 2011-2013 she is part of Norwegian Journal of Photography, a program supporting 10 independent documentary photographers in Norway. In 2012 Andrea was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch.Her work has been exhibited in galleries and on photo festivals worldwide, such as Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, Menotrentuno_03 in Sardinia, Galeria Open Mind in Milan, New York Photo Festival and Lumix Festival in Hannover.Over the years, Andrea has been awarded numerous prices from the Norwegian Picture of the Year Award, and her work has been supported by several grants provided by the Norwegian Freedom of Speech Foundation.Her clients and publications include Newseek, National Geographic, Stern Magazine, Die Zeit, M Le Monde, D La Republica, VQR, Das Magazine, IL, Internazionale, Liberation, Once Magazine, Neue Zuricher Zeitung, Travelmate, The Bund Pictorial, Caravan, Lens, Photo Raw, Verdens Gang, A-Magasinet, Plot, Chrismon, among others.