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Tribes of Our Generation - Jan C. Schlegel


  • WILLAS contemporary Tordenskioldsgate 7 0160 Oslo Norway (map)

Ever since the origins of humanity, geography has determined which culture, nation or ethnicity we belong to. Globalisation changes this, leaving many of us with unresolved questions. How do we become part of a culture? What are the mechanisms that determine the tribe we belong to - and how do we choose to present ourselves?

Jan C. Schlegel is internationally recognised for his many classic and timeless portraits of indigenous people from around the globe. He recently made a fascinating discovery. He found aesthetic elements and symbols he recognised from his many travels within our own culture. Schlegel started making contact with people from different subcultures that interested him, and invited them to his studio. His subject matter in Tribes of Our Generation are people who act as role models in their subcultures, people who are linked together on instagram and other social media.

Jan C. Schlegel [1965] was born and raised in Schwartzwald in Germany. He discovered photography at an early age. Schlegel works with a large format camera on traditional film. His images are not digitally edited - but magnified in a traditional darkroom and partially toned using an intricate technique that makes each photograph unique.

WILLAS contemporary is the first gallery to presents 'Tribes of Our Generation' by Jan C. Schlegel. We invited the Norwegian Art Critic Lars Elton to write an essay on Schlegels work. Tribes of Our Generation can be a gateway to increased understanding and respect for subcultures in our own society.

Events during the exhibition:

18th of January - Artist talk and Panel Discussion at Cinemateket.

19th of January - Opening Tribes of our Generation at WILLAS contemporary- the artist will be present.

25th of February - 3rd of March 2017 - Schlegel will be back in Oslo at the end of February to photograph members of the Tribe in Oslo. His studio will be open from February 25th - but you need to registrer in beforehand. If you relate to Schlegelś work and feel part of the Tribe, feel free to drop by WILLAS contemporary and tell us about yourself!

2nd of March - Finissage party from 7-9 pm with mini concert by Liz from Liz and the Lions, Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome!