An Authentic Relation - Marianne Bjørnmyr

An Authentic Relation - Marianne Bjørnmyr


The book An Authentic Relation is based on a diary found on the barren and desolate South-Atlantic island of Ascension in 1726. The diary was found to belong to the solider Leenert Hasenbosch, who one year earlier was left as a prisoner on the island as a punishment for sodomy. The diary contains detailed descriptions from the first day of his arrival until the last day of his life, six months later. The book was brought to England and has since been published in several versions; the story has through time been fabricated and twisted several times.

The work presents photographs from a trip that the artist made to Ascension Island, accompanied with the original diary; a constellation of documentation, culminating in an overall feeling of distance and displacement, questioning our idea about history, not as fortified facts, but as possible fiction.

The images are being repeated throughout the work in obvious and less obvious ways; existing on their own and in an intertwining web of echoes and references, without being more then a reference to something that once was.

The work is funded by Arts Council Norway, Norwegian Photographic Fund (Nofofo) and Norwegian Visual Artists Association.

The photobook had gained publicity though online platforms amongst British Journal of Photography, YET Magazine, and Photoworks.

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Marianne Bjørnmyr is a Norwegian artist, living and working between Bodo, Norway and London where she received her MA in Photography from London College of Communication in 2012. In her practice she works with research based photography, concerned around the presentation of the photograph set up against our understanding, interpretation and generated perception of imagery.

Marianne’s work has been exhibited internationally including Daniel Blau’s 5 under 30, The Norwegian State Exhibition "Høstutstillingen" and The North Norwegian Art Exhibition. She has earlier been awarded the Juvenarte and Jansons Scholarship amongst others art grants. Marianne was in 2015 one of the FATHOM Residents at Fours Corners film in London, and was the same year mentioned as one of 10 "up and coming" London based contemporary artists by CultureTrip. In 2016 she received the Norwegian State Artist Grant for 2 years.

180x220 mm

Soft cover with screen print

96 pp + 40 pp text

Limited edition of 500

Self Published, 2016

ISBN: 978-82-999927-1-8