Andrea Gjestvang is a photographer based between Oslo and Berlin, where she takes on assignments and pursues long term personal documentary projects.

With an intimate photographic approach she explores contemporary social issues in the Northern hemisphere. In 2012 she finished the project “One Day in History”, with portraits of the young survivors of the 22ndof July 2011 terror attack on Utøya, Norway. The project gained international recognition, exhibitions and awards, including the prestigious L'Iris d'Or/Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year 2013.

After graduating from OsloMet, Gjestvang has worked on assignment and published work in international publications such as Time Magazine, The New York Times, Stern, M Le Monde, amongst others. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums such as Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, Munchen Stadtmuseum and The National Photographic Museum of Colombia. 

Over the years, Gjestvang has also gained solid experience working as a picture editor and as a teacher of photography,  and she has curated exhibitions in art galleries. 

Andrea Gjestvang is a member of Panos Pictures. 

Main solo exhibitions

2016 - Galleri Nord Norge, Harstad, Norway - Tilbake/Return
2015 - Galleri Hamar Kulturhus, Norway - Tilbake/Return
2014 - Galleri Vasli Souza, Malmö - One Day in History & Everybody Knows This This is Nowhere
2013 -Vadsø Kunstforening, Norway - Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
2013 - 6x6 Centre of Photography, Cyprus - One Day in History
2010 - Freelens Galerie, Hamburg, Germany - Disappearing Ice Age
2010 - Galeria Open Mind, Milan, Italy - Disappearing Ice Age

Main group exhibitions

2019 - Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway - Norsk Dokumentarfotografi 
2019 - National Photographic Museum of Colombia, Bogota - Memory and Resilience
2019 - Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany - The Human Condition
2018 - Kitan Center, Tel Aviv - Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
2017 - aff Galerie, Berlin - Keep Your Eyes Peeled
2016 - Sørlandets Kunstmuseum SKMU, Norway - Underway 
2016 - Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece - (Mis/Dis)Placed
2014 - Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism, Germany
2014 - Les Rencontres de Photographie, Arles, France (screening)
2013 - Munchner Stadtmuseum, Germany - Stranger World
2013 - Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece - Fluid Identities
2012 - Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism, Hannover, Germany
2011 - V Art Center, Shanghai
2011 - Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing 
2011 - Su Palatu, Sardinia - Menotrentuno_03: Young European Photography
2011 - New York Photo Festival - Hope: Between Dream and Reality 
2010 - Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism, Hannover, Germany
2006 - Høstutstillingen, Oslo, Norway
2006 - Vestlandsutstillingen, Norway

Awards and honours

2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002 - Picture of the Year Norway
2014 - Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung (HAZ) People's Choice Prize
2013 - Winner of L'iris d'Or - Photographer of the Year Sony, World Photography Awards
2013 - Winner of FotoVisura Grant for outstanding Personal Photography project
2013 - Winner of the Norwegian Picture of the Year Award
2013 - 1st prize NPPA Best of Photojournalism
2012 - 3rd prize UNICEF Photo of the Year Award
2012 - PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch
2012 - Freelancer of the Year awarded by the Norwegian Union of Freelance Journalists
2011-2013 - Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP) 
2010 - 17th World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass 


Region Skånes Art Collection
Hedmark Fylkeskommunes Art Collection
Private collections

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