Past exhibition

Tracing Absence

29. April – 15. October 2023

The second floor of Nybruket Gallery has been newly renovated to offer an additional gallery space at Kistefos. The upper floor of the industrial building retains original features including beams and windows, providing a historical backdrop to this years' exhibition: Tracing Absence.

Tracing Absence

Photo: Vegard Kleven

Selected from the Christen Sveaas’ Art Foundation, with a primary focus on photographic works, Tracing Absence invites the viewer to experience absence as a process, one which encourages us to confront our discomforts and find reflection in emptiness. Absence is everywhere, existing beyond a vacant space or blank canvas; it can be found in crowded rooms, relationships, people, in nature and society.

The exhibition features works from Per Inge Bjørlo, Sophie Calle, Nan Goldin, Andreas Gursky, Ilkka Halso, Rune Johansen, Ola Kolehmainen, Mikkel McAlinden, Zanele Muholi, Joseph Sergi, Aase Texmon Rygh, Wolfgang Tillmans, James White, Richard Wright, Francesca Woodman, Yiskāh (alias Jessica Beechey).

Tracing Absence is curated by a group of student curators from the MA Curating Art and Public Spaces program at Whitechapel Gallery in association with London South Bank University.


Mikkel Mcaldinen. LANDEK MINE LAST SHIFT AUGUST 21, 1991 (2015). Courtesy of Christen Sveaas' Art Foundation.

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Ola Kolehmainen, The Music is About to Begin. Courtesy Galleri Brandstrup and Christen Sveaas' Art Foundation.