Espen EichhöferPapa, Gerd, and the Northman

Espen Eichhöfer

Papa, Gerd, and the Northman

2017 – 2020

In his work, Espen Eichhöfer focuses on his personal understanding of home by turning to his Norwegian family and his birthplace in the remote forests of Norway. The individual images condense into a narrative about the experience of one’s own origins and reflect his doubts about a consistent concept of home. At the same time, they are a reflection on issues such as national belonging and the nationalism that is currently reemerging in Europe. Eichhöfer grew up on the lower Rhine and lives in Berlin.

Espen Eichhöfer

Born in Nesbyen, Norway, in 1966.
1992–2000: Studied communications design, with a major in photography, at the University Duisburg-Essen under Angela Neuke and Bernhard Prinz.
2001/02: Dokumentarfotografie Förderpreis der Wüstenrot Stiftung (award).
2005: Körber-Foto-Award.
2006: Joined OSTKREUZ.
2008: Artist in residence, Goethe Institute, Manila.
2011: VG Bild-Kunst-Stipendium (grant).
2014: Was war und was ist (group show), Museum Folkwang, Essen.
2017: Grants from VG Bild-Kunst-Stipendium, Germany, and the Fritt Ord Foundation, Norway.
2020: Das illegale Bild (group show and co-curator), f³ — freiraum für fotografie, Berlin.
2021: Das Nest / Papa, Gerd und der Nordmann (solo show), Fotoforum, Innsbruck; Papa, Gerd und der Nordmann (publication), Hartmann Books, Stuttgart.
Espen Eichhöfer lives in Berlin.