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Beneath the Salt

Marianne Bjørnmyr and Dan Mariner are launching their new photo book in Træna on
March 18th, 2017 and Bodø on March 25th, 2017. The book Beneath the Salt is a result of a
collaboration between the artists Marianne and Dan, initiated through an artist residency on
the North Norwegian island Træna in the summer of 2016.


Image: Dani Waagen


Træna, being an island 30 miles of the North Norwegian coast, has a strong identity and
history of fishing and long traditions connected to the surrounding sea. The artists got their
inspiration from what they saw as the core of Træna’s identity: the mineral SALT. With salt as
a starting point they chose to return to the root of their own medium: photography. Salt played
a vital part in the development of the very first photographic prints ever made in the 1840s,
and is still one of the core materials used in photographic development solutions. They have
brought back these origins by producing a photobook focusing on the salt itself.


Image: The National Archives of Norway


The book is assembled by contributions from 22 artists from around the world, chosen from
an open call, as well as photographs from official Norwegian Archives. The book displays a
challenging constellation of images; unknown landscapes and known objects, from a time
period spanning over 100 years. Through a deliberate assembly of images with a variation
of dates, geographical areas and contributors, the artists are challenging the viewers in their
knowledge about the photographs’ origin. The viewers are encouraged to use the index placed
in the back of the book for hints bringing them towards the root of the individual images. In
the front of the book an introductory essay can be found, written by the art writer Erica Payet.


Image: Lidia Bianchi


CONTRIBUTORS: Arkiv i Nordland, Lidia Bianchi, Dalane Folkemuseum, Dani Waagen Braatveit,
Rachelle Bussieres, Rhonaeve Clews, Cecilie Haaland, Helgeland Museum, Gry Hege Johansen,
Samuel Kelly, Melanie King, Martin Losvik, Fabrizio Musu, Sam Nightingale, Stein Olsen, Lucia Pizzani,
Riksarkivet, Almudena Romero, Mats Salberg, Iain Sarjeant, Kvarøy Saltsyderi, Tor Skogstad, Renate
Strand, Wanja Wenneberg.

Published by YONA Editions in 2017
Size: 200×160 mm
Page number: 192 pp + 36 pp text
Soft cover
Print and paper: Offset på Munken Print Cream 15, 115gsm
ISBN:   978-82-999927-2-5
Limited edition of 500 copies Ed. Marianne Bjørnmyr & Dan Mariner
Front cover photo: Iain Sarjeant
Book design: Marianne Bjørnmyr

Copyright: Marianne Bjørnmyr & Dan Mariner