Marte Aas

Neighbours, poster, offset print 69x90cm (2003)

Neighbours is a series of three photographs of three semi-detached houses situated on the outskirts of Oslo. The houses are photographed straight on, like a portrait of the building as well as the people who live there, showing the different exterior solutions they have opted for. Even if we cannot detect a single occupant in any of these pictures, it is easy to speculate over who lives in the different homes by their aesthetic and practical preferences. The houses were built by the Norwegian bank and building society, Husbanken, in the 1950s during a time when extending social housing was prioritised political objective. The central notion was that nobody should benefit from people's need for accommodation and that everyone had a right to a roof over their heads. Today, these houses are sold on the open market for millions of kroner, referred to as "linked detached properties". The poster Neighbours, on the other hand, is distributed to the audience for free

Marte Aas
Neighbours, poster, offset print 69x90cm
Marte Aas
Neighbours, poster, offset print 69x90cm
Marte Aas
Neighbours, poster, offset print 69x90cm
Marte Aas
Neighbours, poster, offset print 69x90cm
From the exhibition Marte Aas - Film and Photography, The National Museum of Art, Oslo, 2010
Marte Aas
Neighbours, poster, offset print 69x90cm
From the exhibition Marte Aas - Film and Photography, The National Museum of Art, Oslo, 2010