With I Want to Live Innocent, Torbjørn Rødland takes a break from the nomadic lifestyle reflected in his first book and returns to Stavanger, the city he grew up in. He doesn't revisit old haunts and the images aren't dominated by the geography of the region but Stavanger becomes a generous theatre for Rødlands exploration of the incongruous complexities both of his own mind and that of our culture. The centre of Norways oil industry, this Protestant coastal city has seen a tremendous economic growth since the late 1960s and Rødland utilises a diverse array of pictorial languages to reflect on the paradoxes which arise with the addition of newfound wealth and materialism.
Torbjørn Rødland was born in 1970 in Stavanger, Norway. Since the mid-90s his photographs and experimental video works have been exhibited extensively. Rødlands White Planet Black Heart was released in 2006 by SteidlMack. I Want to Live Innocent is co-produced by Stavanger2008 European Capital of Culture.
Embossed linen hardcover
25 x 20 cm, 144 pages
Publication date: January 2008