Torbjørn Rødland at The Serpentine

  • Photography  Torbjørn Rødland
  • Words  Seb Hardy

On until the 19th of November at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Torbjørn Rødland’s exhibition The Touch That Made You, looks uncannily like it could exist within the vast image catalogue of modern commercial photography. Yet it is in its deliberate variations from the established norms of this modern iconography that the show gains its interest. Models represent themes larger than themselves, couples are paired in heavy contrast to one another, still lifes seems to suggest a sense of subject rather than being merely pictures of things. The film (132 BPM, 2005) shown in the gallery’s central room takes a techno beat as its protagonist, which, for a joyfull 13 minutes, gains life through the objects and people it moves. As the title suggests the exhibition’s main aim is to deride the notion that photography is somehow more clinical than painting or sculpture, to demonstrate that it too depicts a keen sense of tactility, and this it wholly achieves through intense viscerality.

Torbjørn Rødland, Apple, 2006, Collection FRAC Nord Pas de Calais, France
Torbjørn Rødland, Bathroom Tiles, 2011-13, Private Collection
Torbjørn Rødland, Heiress with Dogs, 2014, Courtesy of Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
Torbjørn Rødland, Trichotillomania, 2010, Private Collection
Torbjørn Rødland, Installation view, © 2017 Jerry Hardman-Jones
Torbjørn Rødland, Installation view, © 2017 Jerry Hardman-Jones

Torbjørn Rødland, Installation view, © 2017 Jerry Hardman-Jones

See more at serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/torbj%C3%B8rn-r%C3%B8dland-touch-made-you,