Photography & Text By Jeremiah Gilbert
Bergen is considered to be the street art capital of Norway. Famed street artist Banksy visited the city in 2000 and inspired many to start creating street art. In 2011, Bergen’s city council launched a plan of action for street art in Bergen to ensure that “Bergen will lead the fashion for street art as an expression both in Norway and Scandinavia.” Today over 200 pieces of street art, including murals, are dotted throughout the city.
With so much street art in a relatively small city, some pieces can still be tricky to spot. Many are small, tucked away along narrow roads. Others require one to either look up or behind them. However, the viewer is rewarded for their attentiveness as artists interpret and comment on the world around them, often using satire and asking questions.
For a long time, Norway fought against street art. Murals and graffiti were removed as soon as they appeared, and street artists were punished with heavy fines. Bergen’s decision to promote rather than crack down on the art form has had an overall positive outcome for both the city’s artists and residents. Companies and cultural institutions around the city now invest in decorating their walls with this form of art, and museums have had several street art exhibitions, adding to the city’s artistic status.
All images and text © Jeremiah Gilbert
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Written By Joelcy Kay – Curator
Every piece of art, crafts, or textiles, hanging on my walls or ceiling tells a tiny passage of my life. Most of it was acquired during my travels. Many of these treasures are damaged whether because they were broken on arrival, as the pieces were tightly stuffed into my backpack, or weathered by the unforgiving Florida tropical humidity. But in the end, they are my precious processions and they are part of the stories I tell. It feels good to have rugs hanging from the ceiling, masks on the walls, and drinking my morning coffee thinking of the mugs’ tale. The point here is that art has a lot to offer each one of us; ART IS VERY PERSONAL!
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