Isortoq Unartoq # 19, 2008


Towards the end of the 1990s, Tronvoll (born 1965, Trondheim) swaps her studio in New York for working in the open air. Since then, the artist, who now divides her time between Oslo and Berlin, has sought out the edges of civilisations and their inhabitants. She listens to them, watches them, looks and bides her time before working. Whatever is off-key, unspoken and ageing forms the subjects approached by the artist. An unusually calm way of looking allows her render visible traces of pure.

Her work stands in the tradition of August Sander as well as the Düsseldorf "Becher" school of photography. Tronvoll's strength, today, lies in a gaze which turns objectivity into humanity.