Anita Hamremoen

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Directors choice

After receiving her first camera at the age of nine, Anita Hamremoen (1966) has enthusiastically photographed ever since.

A qualified graphic designer and a self-taught photographer, Anita learnt the profession attending workshops both national and abroad. She has studied with some well-known mentors including Morten Krogvold, Joyce Tenneson, Deborah Turbeville and William Ropp. With avid dedication and determination, Anita works with fine art photography and various other personal projects. She will exhibit the biggest and most important of these at this year’s Nordic Light Festival.  In 2010, she published the book “My Grandmother’s Closet”. 

A powerhouse of energy and initiative confronts anyone meeting Anita for the first time. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking she is simply a happy-go-lucky woman with a likewise artistic expression. Viewing her work, one quickly discovers a depth in her images, meeting melancholy and vulnerability, which often brings tears to the eyes of the beholder. It is all about life, longing, loss, joy, dreams, memories, childhood and death.

Hamremoen works with great intensity and concentration, aiming to find the perfect portion of a photograph. She is fascinated by combinations- genuine and fake; dreams and truth; fiction and fact. Her images are ready and fully composed the moment she releases the shutter. Anita is however not overly enthusiastic to explain or define the meanings behind her photos, relying rather on the viewer’s ability to interpret and experience each image in their own way, hoping they can relate to or recognise something in themselves.     

In November 2009, Morten Krogvold introduced Anita to the brilliant filmmaker Andrej Tarkovsky, kicking off her project “A Letter to Tarkovsky”.  The breath-taking poetry she perceived whilst gazing at a few black-and-white stills from the movie Nostalgia, ignited immense feelings in Anita, immediately urging her to venture out and answer these emotions in the form of a photograph. The resultant image graced the cover of the “A Letter to Tarkovsky” exhibition catalogue. Many ask Anita if she expects an answer, but she experiences Tarkovsky’s films as a form of dialogue, where he has initiated the correspondence and this project is her reply.

Photo: HildeCarling

Photo: HildeCarling

The camera is my voice. This is my language. The images are my words!

Exhibition A
A letter to Tarkovsky. Dreaming with open eyes
Nordic Light – House of Photography
Konsul Knudtzons gate 4B

Talk
A letter to Tarkovsky. Dreaming with open eyes
Wednesday May 7th
Caroline Cinema
12.00–13.00
Book signing

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