Christian Houge (b. 1972) is an artist working with photography and film.
His work often explores Mans condition and the relationship between Nature and culture.
Houge works with large format analog photography as well as digital cameras.
His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in Norway and abroad such as Haugar Kunstmuseum, Sothebys (London), Johnson Museum (New York), Whatcom (Museum of Washington),
Three Shadows (Beijing), Nevada Museum of Art, Scout Gallery (London),TM51 (Oslo), FineArt (Oslo), Paris Photo, Photo London and Hosfelt Gallery (New York and San Fransisco). His `Arctic Technology`-series was shortlisted for the BMW prize at ParisPhoto 2005.
Houges work has been nominated twice for the Prix Pictet Prize and has been purchased by Statoil, Nevada Art Museum, Haugar, Johnson Museum in addition to private collections. His work has been published in Altered Landscapes, Hotshoe, Haydens review, New York Times, Landscape Futures and Times Magazine.
He has had several public speakings amongst Johnson Museum (symposium), TED and PechaKucha (Oslo+Tokyo).
In `Okurimono` (2007-2017), Houge has, through five trips to Japan (Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto), explored Japans otherworldly subculture and its ritualistic perfection. In this personal art documentary he has ventured into delicate themes such as personal identity, sexuality, longing and gender dysphoria. In this particular series, he uses staging as a method to create a story within a story. The viewers associations are important in meeting this work and ambiguity plays an important role.
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