The touchTorbjørn Rødland

He transformed anatomical parts, everyday objects
and natural elements into ambiguous fetishes.


on left: Hands and Eyes. Portrait no.1, 2008-2010
on right: Summer Scene, 2014


  “The touch of the camera, the touch of the light hitting the film, the touch of the liquids running over the film during processing. I’m linking that to the stickiness and intimacy of certain motifs – these encounters between two individuals or between objects and bodies.” – Torbjørn Rødland

Fondazione Prada presents in its Osservatorio the Torbjørn Rødland’s exhibition The Touch That Made You, organised by the Serpentine Galleries and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Amira Gad. The project brings together a selection of over 40 photographic artworks and 3 videos realized between 1999 and 2016 by Norwegian artist. Rødland works with analog photography, creating staged and detailed mise-en-scènes. Hence both an element of control over people and objects within the set, as well as an element of surprise and unpredictability, coexist in his creative practice, as the final result of his efforts is visible only once the image has been developed and printed onto photographic paper.