Mari Strømsbo Gjørv
Mari Strømsbo Gjørv is a photographer and barista from Kristiansand, Norway currently based in Oslo. She is inspired by people, faith and nature, and loves to combine documentary adventure photography with artistic portraiture, often influenced by identity, self worth and travel.
In this project for the exhibition, she is investigating the tension between light and shadow, the contrast between the light and the dark. She has been working with her close friends, influenced by how they see the world and the way they represent faith.
”And God saw that the light was good. And He separated the light from the darkness.” Genesis 1:4
I am interested in the tension between heaven and earth, the thought of a perfect God and an imperfect humanity.
Inspired by the Garden of Eden with its symbolism of perfection I want to celebrate and explore the contrast between the light and the dark. I am doing this through black and white portraits of young women, immersed in light and shadow.
I want to challenge traditional religious views and find freedom from the pursuit of perfection. Free to be imperfect in the light of the one who is.
I have worked with some of my close friends for this project, influenced by how they see the world and the way they represent faith. The photographs are taken in Australia, Cuba and Norway. The portraits represent the balance between striving for who and what we could be, and finding peace in who we already are.