Studio K: Launch/exhibition «GILKA QTLY #7», Geir Egil Bergjord
Gilka QTLY is an art project in a format and a paper quality known from weekly magazines. Completely free of text and made entirely of Bergjord’s own photographs, each issue deals with a selected theme or topic. Issue # 7 is composed of photographs of a high voltage mast. The photographed high-voltage mast is located in a popular hiking area in Kvernaland (the place where Bergjord grew up), with the power lines running across an area where a much- discussed data storage center is planned. This gives the magazine a subtext of the discussion around the green shift, seen in a historical light of Norway as a poor nation where welfare and wealth are created on the basis of natural resources.
Sections of the mast photographed from different angles, under different lighting conditions and at different times of the day – as well as the absence of an overview in the images, can be read as a comment on the various fronts in the heated discussion about the establishment of the data center.
The exhibition in Studio K will present the pictures from the magazine in its entirety, and the public can use the opportunity to browse and buy the magazine before the first day of sale in Narvesen, which is 17th of June. It is made with funding from Art Council Norway, Rogaland County Council, Norwegian Photographic Fund, The City of Stavanger, and printed in Norway by Gunnarshaug Trykkeri AS.
Geir Egil Bergjord (b. 1964) grew up in Kvernaland, but lives and works in Stavanger. He presents his photographic work as exhibitions, films and public art. He made his first printed matter in 1998 and several of his photo books are published by his own publishing company, Gilka. Since his debut in Høstutstillingen ’95, Bergjord has exhibited extensively and his work is represented in several art collections in Norway. In 2018, he launched the art project Gilka QTLY, in the form of a magazine with national distribution in Norwegian and Swedish newsagents.
The launch will take place in Studio K: Kvernelandsvegen 41, 4355 Kvernaland. Time: Saturday 12th of June at 12.00-16.00 and Sunday 13th of June at 12.00-16.00.