Lillehammer Art Museum presents fine art photographer Werner Zellien’s photographic frieze Utøya in the museum’s project room during the summer of 2019.
On 22 July 2011, 77 irreplaceable human lives were lost in the terrorist attacks in Oslo and on the island of Utøya.
Disasters that are caused by people and affect other people make us grieve. We try to understand and to find answers.
Werner Zellien (b. 1952) was the first fine art photographer who was allowed to visit Utøya, a year after the attack. He waited until the first snow had settled like a fine, white blanket covering the island. He began taking pictures early on a December morning, from the blackness before dawn until the first light of day.
Zellien is not attempting to reconstruct or discover traces of the terrible events that took place there. His approach to the site displays the greatest possible respect for everyone who was killed or injured, and their families. His photographic frieze Utøya (2012) inspires us to reflect on how we can relate to the terrorist attack on Utøya and, not least, how we can continue to live our lives in a world where terror is in the media on an almost daily basis.
The photographic frieze is being shown publicly for the first time at Lillehammer Art Museum.
Curator: Nils Ohlsen
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