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EXHIBITION · Marte Gundersen · Kjære Anna

9 May - 5 September


The exhibition Kjære Anna (Dear Anna) is a true narrative about the emotions experienced by a young person who is suddenly diagnosed with a deadly illness. Pain, anxiety, and love are documented through photographic works by the Norwegian artist Marte Gundersen, where intimate motifs, light, and strong colors express the emotional turmoil she and the people close to her suddenly find themselves in. As a spectator, one gains a special insight into Marte Gundersen’s everyday life, which turned into a battle for survival, and where an understanding of the costs of the illness, along with the camera, constitute a therapeutic tool.

Marte Gundersen:

The year I turned 20, I learned a lot about myself. Both that I fall in love with women, but also that I have inherited a deadly cancer gene and needed to have a double mastectomy. Being told that you are at risk of dying at a young age affects not only yourself, but also those closest to you. Through this documentary photo series, I attempt to shed light on how the past years has been for me and my ex-girlfriend Anna; how we faced the challenges together and grown together. Breast and ovarian cancer are among the most common cancers affecting women in Norway. It is estimated that 5-10% of these cancers are due to heredity. For me, the most important therapy has been to photograph, write and talk about how everyday life is. My ex-girlfriend was there for me and supported me every single day.

Artist biography

Marte Gundersen (b. 1997) is a Norwegian photographer and visual artist based in Oslo. She is interested in themes surrounding community, identity, gender equality and LGTBQ+ rights. She works between documentary and art photography, often mixing factual research with artistic expressions. She went to Bilder Nordic School of Photography in Oslo (2021) and Fotojounalistikk OsloMet (2024). Her exhibitions in recent years include Kjære Anna at Nordic Light Exhibition, Kristiansund, NO (2022), Kjære Anna at Fotografiens hus, Oslo, NO (2022), Hope at Fotografihuset, Oslo, NO (2021) and I same båt at Bruket, Oslo, NO (2019-2020). Books and publications: Kjære Anna (2021), Innpust in Kontakt Magasin (2021), Freaks in Blodfersk Magasin (2020) and Kjære Anna (Mot i brystet) A-magasinet (Aftenposten). In 2021 she received the Fotografis Portfoliopris Norway.

Kjære Anna is curated by Allette Ngo Omam Sørensen and Katrine Christensen.


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Tuesday – Wednesday – Friday 12AM – 6PM

Thursday 12AM – 4PM

Saturday – Sunday 12AM – 4PM

Monday closed


9 May
5 September
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