Trine Lise Nedreaas
Trine Lise Nedreaas works in a variety of mediums but is perhaps best known for her intriguing and beautiful films. Her ideas and questions are always at the center of her practice and the appropriate medium follows, be it moving images, photography, sculpture or drawing.
Her point of departure as a filmmaker is loosely based in portraiture and documentary. The nature of people’s life, work, talents and ideas and those individuals whose actions or demeanor can in some way reflection the human condition have served as inspiration for her work. Nedreaas’ films lie somewhere between the realms of portrait, performance and documentary. These areas are subtly woven together instrictly directed, symbolically charged films of individuals engaging in their own specialist act. Her films are both uncanny and disturbing.
Nedreaas’ work is inspired by the intangible and concepts that exceed our capacity of understanding. Through simple materials and playful human performances, her work attempts at bringing the mind-blowing endlessness of time and space down to an earthly scale.
About her work, Nedreaas says:
I am interested in people’s drive to carry on and get out of bed every morning. I admire the enthusiasts, the people who try again and again, often banging their head against the wall; the different ways in which people find purpose, be it through sausage eating, weight lifting, singing or acting as corpses, mapping the universe or climbing mountains. I sympathize with stuttering, stumbling and singing out of tune and I am fascinated by the weird and the beautiful, the vast and strange variety of human endeavors.
By focusing on the specific and the intimate, I try to illuminate the large and the universal. In my films, I often work with members of the public – unknown but extraordinary individuals. I see myself as an active director rather than a documentary-maker in my approach, making people perform their specialty often live in front of an audience in particular settings and ways, exploring the relationship between live performance and documentary. I make films that portray individuals, often alone, sometimes determined and driven, but always trying.’
Trine Lise Nedreaas lives and works in Bergen, Norway. Her work has been shown in the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), PS1 Moma (NY), Kunstwerke (Berlin), Palazzo delle Arti (Napoli), Everson Museum (NY), Kunstverein Schwerin, New Center for Contemporary Art (Louisville), MACRO, Museo d’ Arte Contemporanea (Rome), Art Pavilion in Zagreb, Albright Knox Gallery (Buffalo, NY), Astrup Fernley (Oslo). She is represented in public and private collections worldwide.