Merethe Wessel-Berg is a Norwegian photographer based in Oslo, Norway (b. 1973, Aurskog, Norway).
Her specialities are fine art photography, street photography and personal narratives, expressed in black and white. Henri Matisse: "I've been forty years discovering that the queen of all colours is black".
Curiosity is her main tool in photography and in life.
She would like her photographs to be like questions. Like scenes from a movie. The immediate.
"The emotional content of a photograph is essential for me", she says. "When I make my pictures, I use my emotions and temperament. And I hope that the pictures have enough room and openness to allow the viewers to hear their own associations and feelings, too. I want to explore the nuances, what I didn´t already know, what takes me by surprise, rather than the main events or clear, closed stories".
Merethe Wessel-Berg's work is/ will be exhibited in Germany, Spain, Italy, Crimea, Czech Republic, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Hungary, Poland, Belgium, Belarus, Serbia, Greece, Russia, U.S, Taiwan, Philippines, China and Norway.
Her pictures are featured in magazines like SHOTS Magazine (Issue #136), (the American) Black and White Magazine (Issue #107 and Issue #121), Fotografi and Edge of Humanity Magazine and ArtAscent Art and Literature Journal (Issue #27).
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (Solo and Collective):
-Trieste Photo Days, Italy. Solo exhibition.
-PH21 Gallery, and Profeta Galeria, Budapest, Hungary.
-Galeria Valid Foto BCN, Barcelona, Spain.
-The Brussels Street Photography Festival Preview, Belgium.
-Artel Gallery, Minsk, Belarus.
-Trieste Airport, Trieste, Italy.
-Kisüzem (Restaurant/ Bar) and 400 Bar, Budapest, Hungary.
-Pierwszy Lokal (Bar), Krakow, Poland.
-Restoran Polet and Medusa Cafe, Belgrade, Serbia.
-Photo Center Gogolevsky, Moscow, Russia.
-Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.
-Harvey Milk Photo Center, StreetFoto San Francisco Festival, U.S.
-House of Lucie, Bangkok, Thailand.
-Studio 314 Art Gallery, Tashkant, Uzbekistan.
-Berlin Foto Biennale, and the 4th Bienal of Fine Art and Documentary Photography.
-Splashlight Studios, New York - Lucie Award's Event.
-CDOC Chengdu Photography Center, Crimea.
-Galleri R5, The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Oslo, Norway. Solo exhibition.
-Event Centre of SM City Pampanga, Philippines.
-House of Photography/ Fotografiens Hus, Oslo, Norway. Solo and Collective exhibitions.
-The Novorossiysk Historical Museum, Russia.
-Gallery of the Franco Crimean Republican Scientific Library, Crimea.
-Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece.
-Black Box Gallery, A Smith Gallery, Darkroom Gallery, PhotoPlace Gallery and Carter House Gallery (U.S.)
-Galleri Rød, Halden Museum/ Haldens Historiske Samlinger, Norway. Solo exhibition.
-Day of Photography, Karl Johansvern, Norway's National Museum of Photography/ Preus Fotomuseum.
-Norwegian Railway Museum/ Norsk Jernbanemuseum, Norway.
-Kokopelli House, Norway. Solo exhibition.
She will participate in the 5th Edition of the Biennal of Fine Art and Documentary Photography (Prague, Czech Republic).
SELECTED PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS:
-IPA International Photography Awards.
-Urban Photo Awards.
-ArtAscent Art and Literature Journal.
-9th and 10th Pollux Awards.
-Urban Photo Awards.
-MIFA - Moscow International Photography Awards.
-Px3 - Prix de la Photographie Paris.
-The International Street Photography Awards, StreetFoto San Francisco.
-Nikonians Photography Awards.
-Lens Culture Street Photography Awards.
-9th and 10th Julia Margaret Cameron Award.
-2nd Charles Dodgson Black and White Awards.
-Gullsnitt (the Norwegian Annual Awards of Advertising Photography).
She received the 2 times Project-/ Exhibition Grant from the Norwegian Professional Photographer's Fund/ Norske Fagfotografers Fond.