Fondazione Prada presents “Torbjørn Rødland: The Touch That Made You,” an exhibition organized and initiated by the Serpentine Galleries, London. Curators of the exhibition are Hans Ulrich Obrist and Amira Gad. The exhibition is a collection of over 40 photographic artworks and 3 videos created by Rødland between 1999 and 2016.
Norwegian artist Rødland, who is a photographer based in Los Angeles, is well known for his still-life, portraits, and landscapes. As Rødland explains in the official release, “The title ‘The Touch That Made You’ refers to analogue processes: the touch of the camera, the touch of light striking the film, the touch of fluids flowing on the film during development. And it is something that connects to the complexity and intimacy of some subjects – the encounters between two individuals or between objects and bodies.”
Rødland generally tries to intertwine poetic and personal observations with formal commercial images. He aptly transforms day-to-day objects, anatomical parts, etc. into ambiguous fetishes, invoking contrasting reactions in his viewers towards his subjects, such as repulsion and attraction, and intimacy and insignificance.
This exhibition, which was first presented at the Serpentine Galleries, London in 2017, also tries to convey the self-reflective component in the artist’s works. One can look out for visual inventions Rødland creates through the integration of magical, surreal, and subjective elements. According to the official release, for Rødland, these works represent “a tool to explore movement, interval and temporality – qualities that I can not [sic] deepen so explicitly with photography. So it is still an investigation of the photographic medium, but with different parameters.”
The exhibition is on from April 5, 2018 through August 20, 2018 at the Piazza del Duomo, 20123, Milano MI, Italy.
For details, visit: www.fondazioneprada.org
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.
Founder: Louise Blouin