MERETHE WESSEL-BERG is a camera-based artist based in Oslo, Norway.
She does personal narratives, fine art and urban photography; often hybrids. In photography she is often attracted to elements of movement, of drive; concrete and content-wise. As in the cities, in the people in it. The discrete passages and crossroads in our daily lives. And to the questions a picture can hold, more than the conclusions.
"Curiosity is my main tool in photography and in life. To grab a moment and look at it in a subjective way. To add a different mood or chord, using the different visual languages of black and white. When the scene is shot, it is something that once existed, but more visible than ever. I want my photographs to be like questions; like scenes from a movie. I try to capture the immediate, the unguarded moments - the beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. The perfectness of what’s imperfect. For me it's all about the in-between moments".
Leonard Cohen: "There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in".
-SHOTS Magazine (Issues # 136 and # 137)
-Black and White Magazine, U.S (Issues #107, #121, #125, #127 and #131).
-Black + White Photography Magazine, UK (Issue 228).
-Art Ascent Art & Literature Journal, 6 pages.
-Light - A Journal of Photography and Poetry (New York) (Issues #05 and #08).
-8 pages interview/ pictures Fotografi Magazine.
-21 pages pictures and presentation Dodho Magazine (E-magazine).
-15 pages interview/ pictures Adore Noir Fine Art Photography Magazine/ Mono Chroma Magazine (E-Magazine): Issue # 44.
-Photographize Magazine E-Magazine (New York) (Issue # 38)
-Foto.no - interview/ pictures
-DNG Photo Magazine, Spain (Issue 137).
-Light - A Journal of Photography and Poetry (New York)
-Don't Take Pictures Magazine
-Feature Shoot Magazine
-The Independent Photographer
-Adore Noir Black and White Fine Art Photography Magazine (FB).
-Life Framer Collection
-Lens Culture Portfolio
-The Edge of Humanity Magazine, E-Magazine.
-Lenscratch ("Summer" and "Snow" Exhibition)
(Solo, Group, Print, Projections)
-Italian Street Photo Festival, Officine Fotografiche, Rome, Italy.
-ROOT Studios NYC Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
-The 5th Biennal of Fine Art and Documentary Photography. The Space Nau Bastik, Barcelona, Spain.
-CLB Berlin Gallery - Collaboratorium im Aufbau Haus Am Moritzplatz. Space for Contemporary Art, Cultural Studies and Urbanism. Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany.
-ICA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
-StreetFoto San Francisco Festival, Harvey Milk Photo Center, U.S.
-Crypt at St. George the Martyr Church, London Photo Festival, UK.
-The Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA), ROW DTLA, Arts District, LA, U.S. "Reflections Of A Dream" Exhibition.
-Trieste Airport: "Flowing City" collective project (Exhibit Around/ dotART Art Association, Italy).
-CDOC Chengdu Photography Center, Chengdu, China.
-Splashlight Studios, New York, U.S.
-Event Centre of SM City Pampanga, Philippines.
-The Novorossiysk Historical Museum, International Festival of Photography PhotoVisa, Russia.
-Berlin Foto Biennale, and The 4th Biennal of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, Germany.
-Studio 314 Art Gallery, Xamza, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
-House of Lucie, Bangkok, Thailand.
-The Center for Fine Art Photography (C4FAP), Colorado, U.S.
-5th Edition of the International Festival of Urban Photography, Trieste Photo Days, Italy.
-4th Edition of the International Festival of Urban Photography, Trieste Photo Days, Italy. SOLO, "Paris/ Hide".
-The Brussels Street Photography Festival Preview, Belgium.
-Trieste Airport, Trieste, Italy.
-PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary.
-Photo Center Gogolevsky, Moscow, Russia.
-Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
-Black Box Gallery, Oregon, U.S.
-Artel Gallery, Minsk, Belarus.
-Profeta Galeria, Budapest, Hungary.
-SDA Amphitheater, 12F School of Design and Arts, Manila, Philippines.
-Gallery of the Franco Crimean Republican Scientific Library, Simferopol, Crimea.
-Galeria Valid Foto BCN, Barcelona, Spain.
-Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece.
-A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, U.S.
-The Darkroom Gallery, Essex, U.S.
-PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, U.S.
-Carter House Gallery, California, U.S.
Restaurants/ cafees, bars: 400 Bar and Kisüzem (both Budapest, Hungary), Restoran Polet and Meduza (both Belgrade, Serbia), Pierwszy Lokal (Krakow, Poland).
-House of Photography/ Fotografiens Hus, Oslo, Norway. SOLO, "Movement".
-Galleri R5, The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Oslo, Norway. SOLO.
-Galleri Rød. Halden’s Historical Collections/ Haldens Historiske Samlinger, Halden Museum. Rød Herregård, Norway. SOLO.
-The Norwegian Railway Museum/ Norsk Jernbanemuseum, Hamar, Norway.
-Haldens Historiske Samlinger, co-operation with Det Norske Blåseemsemble, Halden, Norway. SOLO.
-Day of Photography, Karl Johansvern, Norway’s National Museum of Photography/ Preus Fotomuseum, Horten, Norway.
-Kokopelli House, Haugesund, Norway. SOLO.
-StreetFoto San Francisco Festival, The International Street Phot. Awards (Finalist).
-The Italian Street Photo Festival (Finalist).
-Nikonians Photography Awards (Finalist).
-Lens Culture Street Photography Awards (Top 100).
-URBAN Photo Awards 8th Edition (3xFinalist)
-ASPA - Alghero Street Photography Awards (Hon. Men.)
-Project-/ Exhibition Grant (2 times), The Norwegian Professional Photographer’s Fund/ Norske Fagfotografers Fond.
-Px3 - Prix de la Photographie Paris (2xSilver Prize + 2xHonorable Mention).
-The 9th and the 10th Julia Margaret Cameron Award (2x1st Prize/ Category Winner + 2xFinalist).
-IPA International Photography Awards (Best of Show + 1st Prize + 6xHonorable Mention).
-TIFA - Tokyo International Foto Awards (Hon. Mention)
-MIFA - Moscow International Foto Awards (3rd Prize).
-The 9th Pollux Awards, and the 10th Pollux Awards (3xFinalist + 1xHonorable Mention).
-The 2nd Charles Dodgson Black & White Award (3xFinalist + 2xHonorable Mention).
-The Independent Photographer (2nd Prize + Editor's Pick).
-Art Ascent Art and Literature Journal (Silver Prize).
-Gullsnitt, the Norwegian Annual Awards of Advertising Photography, Norway (Gold Prize + Silver Prize + 3xDiploma).
-Black + White Photography Magazine (UK) Contest (1st prize).
-Black and White Magazine (U.S) Contests (Selectedx5).
-The Print Swap Collection Exhibition, Feature Shoot Magazine (Selected).
-Life Framer (Selected).
-Life Framer Collection, and Lens Culture portfolio.
-Darkroom Gallery Master (U.S).
-NVAL International Juried Photography Show (Overall Winner/ Gold).
-Project-/ Travel Grant, Jan Baashuus Jessens Scolarship (Norway).
-Project-/ Equipment Scholarship, Libresse jentefond (Norway).
-Photographer of the Year 2002/ 2003 (Black & White Paper Print) and 2001/ 2002 and 2002/ 2003 (Color Paper Print), Oslo Camera Club OKK (Norway).
PHOTO BOOKS/ CATALOGUES:
-"Short Street Stories" - Pictures with a humorous and satirical look at contemporary society,
Selected street photographers.
Published by Exhibit Around/ dotART Art Association, Italy.
Selected photographers and Italian writer/ journalist Roberto Srelz.
Published by Exhibit Around/ dotART Art Association, Italy.
-"URBAN unveils the City and its secrets Vol. 03 Photobook”.
Selected photographers of urban photography. Published by dotART Art Association, Italy.
-"The Independent Photographer Talents of the Year Photobook" (Berlin-based).
Solo Exhibition "Milonga", scheduled for May 2017 in House of Photography/ Fotografiens Hus (Oslo), is postponed, due to health reasons, but will be exhibited at a later point. The exhibition is supported by the Exhibition Grant from The Norwegian Professional Photographer's Fund/ Norske Fagfotografers Fond.
Merethe is autodidact in photography. She has a BA of Pedagogical subjects from Oslo Metropolitan University, and a continuing education of Pedagogical Development Work from HSN (University College of Southeast Norway).