Title: Greetings from Hardanger
photos by: Sjaak Langenberg photomontage: Rosé de Beer
Project executed at the invitation of Kunstnarhuset Messen, Ålvik, Norway. With financial support of bkkc.
ÅLVIK - Kunstnarhuset Messen is situated in the village of Ålvik (Norway) by the Hardangerfjord. Many artists praise the beauty of the Hardangerfjord and the Hardanger bunad became Norway's national costume, but there is also a tradition of heavy industry in some villages at the fjord.
The further into the tourist season they got, the more the narrow roads became clogged with campers. They (just as the Norwegians), began to become irritated with this 'white mould' – tourists who had filled their mobile home-from-home with products from their own land and set up their camps at free stopping points.
Other proposals include a waterfall as carwash, and a salmon farm as swimming pool. The traditional patterns of Norwegian folk-art, turn out to form ideal parking spaces in the design for a car park. On one of the postcards, the Norwegian identity is brought into question through a landscape populated with Asian farmers. And lastly, in the Jonsok Tattoo, the traditional Norwegian mid-summer celebrations are connected to tattoos in the local Tattoo Shop.© Sjaak Langenberg & Rosé de Beer