Gatekeeper (Exhibition and book)
Lene Marie Fossen
Shoot Gallery, Oslo
The photographer undresses in front of her own camera until there are only bones left. The skinny body's helplessness is heartbreaking. Despite a lifetime of anorexia, the poses Lene Marie Fossen (1986–2019) takes on are both graceful and timeless. The colour, the room, and the staging are like the old masters.
Lene Marie Fossen managed to give a face to the disease of anorexia and found a haven from the diagnosis through photography. The raw and exceptional power of her images placed her among today's few international photographic geniuses.
Her images touch on a disturbing point of contact where the fear of life crosses the line of mortality.
The film about her is able to take me close and low-key into her bitter existential struggle. Occasionally I sense something bigger, one. . .