Terje Abusdal (1978) is a visual storyteller working on independent projects in the intersection between fact and fiction.
He lives and works in Oslo, Norway.

Contact
terje.abusdal@gmail.com
+47 41 62 63 37


Publications
Slash & Burn (Kehrer Verlag, 2018)
Hope Blinds Reason (Journal, 2018)
Det nødvendige fotografi (textbook, Forlaget Ajour, 2018)
Hallo. Medier og kommunikasjon 2 (textbook, Aschehoug, 2018)
Radius 500 Metres (Journal, 2015)
Norwegian Journal of Photography #2 (Journal, 2015)
Life in Motion (assignment, Elm Media, 2015)


Solo exhibitions
2018
Radius 500 Metres : ARTendal/Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal
Slash & Burn : Finnskogutstillingen, Røgden Bruk, Svullrya
Radius 500 Metres : Hedmark Contemporary Art Centre, Hamar

2017
Nordic Anthology /Indian Interiors : Fotogalleriet, Oslo
Radius 500 Metres : Fotografiens hus, Oslo
Slash & Burn : Agder Contemporary Art Centre, Kristiansand
Slash & Burn : Eidsvollsgalleriet at the Norwegian Parliament, Oslo

2016
Summer Long : Town Hall Square, Oslo (outdoor exhibition)


Group exhibitions
2019
Norwegian Journal of Photography : Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo
Sørlandsutstillingen : Lista

2018
Generational: An Anthology of Nordic Photobooks : Fotogalleriet, Oslo
Homeward Bound : Jaipur Photo Festival, India
Emerging Talents : Mattatoio di Roma, Italy
Mo[t]us Operandi: Manifesta 12 Palermo Collateral Event, Italy
Grief: NW Gallery, Copenhagen
Slash & Burn : Fotofestiwal Lodz, Poland
Slash & Burn : Guernsey Photography Festival
IN VIVO – The Nature of Nature : Noorderlicht Photofestival

2017
Leica Oskar Barnack : Neue Schule für Fotografie – Berlin / Paris Photo – Paris / Photolux Biennale Internazionale di Fotografia 2017 – Lucca, Italy
Slash & Burn on tour with Nordic Dummy Award
Anthropocenic mindscapes : Angkor Photo Festival – Siem Reap, Cambodia
Beyond Us & Them : FOTODOK, Utrecht, Nederland
Hope Blinds Reason : Voies OFF, Arles
Slash & Burn : Cortona On The Move Festival, Italy
Don’t bite your lips. You have blood on them already : Krakow Photomonth Festival, Poland
Uncertain States Kjøllefjord: Shoot Gallery, Oslo
Radius 500 Metres : Cork Photo Festival, Ireland

2016
Østlandsutstillingen : Akershus kunstsenter, Oppland kunstsenter
Sørlandsutstillingen : Skien Kunstforening, Arendal Kunstforening
Hope Blinds Reason : PondyPHOTO Festival, Pondicherry, India
Radius 500 Metres : The Photobook Exhibition, Athens Photo Festival, Greece
Radius 500 Metres : Have Book will Travel, Fotofestiwal, Poland
Hope Blinds Reason on tour with Nordic Dummy Award

2015
Sørlandsutstillingen : Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal
Life in Motion : USF Verftet – Bergen / Latvia National Library – Riga, Latvia
Foreboding – Sans : Thorvald Meyersgate 51, Oslo


Grants
Norwegian Visual Artists Remuneration Fund (Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond/BKV) 2018
Aust-Agder County Work Grant for Artists (One Year) 2018
OCA Travel Grant 2018
Arts Council Norway (Kulturrådet) 2016, 2017, 2018
Kristiansand Municipality Artist Grant 2017
Oslo Municipality Grant for Art and Culture 2016
Karina Jensens Memorial Foundation 2016
Norske Fagfotografers Fond 2015, 2017, 2018
Fritt Ord Foundation 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018


Awards, nominations, artist-in-residence
2018
Plat(t)form Winterthur (invited artist)
Guernsey Photography Festival, UK (winner)

2017
Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Germany (winner)
Nordic Dummy Award, Fotogalleriet, Norway (winner)
Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award, France (finalist)
Unseen Dummy Award, Holland (finalist)
Landskrona Foto & Breadfield Dummy Award, Sweden (finalist)
Fiebre Dummy Awards, Spain (finalist)
Images Vevey Book Award, Switzerland (finalist)
Magnum Photography Awards, USA (jurors’ pick Alec Soth)
Artist-in-residence at Kvitbrakka, Berlevågateliéene, Berlevåg, Norway
Artist-in-residence at Docking Station, Amsterdam, Holland
Artist-in-residence at Arctic Culture Lab, Kjøllefjord

2016
Nordic Dummy Award, Fotogalleriet, Norway. Winner of People's Choice Award

2014
Nordic Dummy Award, Fotogalleriet, Norway. Winner of People's Choice Award


Education
2017 ISSP Masterclass with Simon Norfolk (one year)
2016 ISSP Masterclass with Aaron Schuman (one year)
2016 RPS Photobook Masterclass, Tokyo, Japan
2014 Advanced Visual Storytelling I + II, Danish School of Media and Journalism, Aarhus, Denmark
2005 Master of Science in Tourism and Environmental Economics, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain


Selected press

  • Thomas Hylland Eriksen: 70-tallet /A-magasinet, 05.10.2018

  • Simen V. Gonsholt: Mitt Finnskogen / D2, 21.09.2018

  • Jenny Smets: De verdwenen cultuur van de Forest Finns / Vrij Nederland, 01.06.2018

  • Anne-Françoise Hivert: Les défricheurs du Grand Nord / Le Monde M Magazine 20.01.2018

  • Cheyene Liu: The Forest Finns / Numéro Magazine, 01.12.2017

  • Emil Flatø: Den tåkelagte virkeligheten / Morgenbladet, 15.09.2017

  • Waltraud Schwab: Das Verschwundene zeigen / Die Tageszeitung (taz), 16.12.2017

  • Erik Vroons: Waking to Wonder – The transcendental aspects of documentary photography, revisited / GUP Magazine #55 2017

  • Anu Nousiainen: Norjan ja Ruotsin metsäsuomalaiset elivät ankaraa elämää / Helsingin Sanomat, 07.10.2017

  • Lars Eivind Bones: Et annet Norge / Dagbladet Magasinet, 23.09.2017

  • Anita Brask Rasmussen: Fremskridtet kom til bygden før oliepengene / Information, 08.09.2017

  • Frida Forsgren: Glitrende historiefortelling om skogfinnene / Fedrelandsvennen, 15.03.2017

  • Yue Zhu: Forest Finns / Vision Magazine, 01.02.2017

  • Nina Toft: Månedens bilde / Ny Tid, 01.07.2015