21 December 2020

A Collection of Visual Questions on the Post-truth Era

21 December 2020 - Written by PhMuseum

Playing with the thin boundaries between reality and fiction, Norwegian photographer Geir Moseid looks to create a dreamlike cinematic universe that aims to challenge viewers’ perceptions and their beliefs.

The series Undertaking investigates the extent to which social, political, and psychological factors shape our society. Furthermore, it explores how governmental control, group mentalities, and xenophobia inform society’s behaviour, and how these issues affect our coexistence.

Our world is currently going through a political shift. Rhetorical platitudes, once thought outmoded, serve to perpetuate long-established feelings of anger. It appears that fear has become the primary factor determining how groups relate to one another. “Truth” has become a fluid term relating to news, science, and photography alike. This apparent fluidity is fuelled by demagoguery and populism’s polarisation of opinion. In this new framework, the lines between fact and fiction are blurred.

My aim is to create images that trigger a response in the viewer, be it recalling a memory from their real life, or from an imagined place or fictional history. By combining cinematographic elements with motifs from every day, my images operate in-between fact and fiction, the seen and the experienced, and where logic coexists with irrational thought.

Words and Pictures by Geir Moseid.


Geir Moseid is a Norwegian photographer living and working in Oslo, Norway. Since graduating from London College of Communication in 2008, Moseid has been working on multiple photographic series, operating at the point where documentary practice and staged photography meet. By working with a 4x5 inch camera Moseid aims to challenge how one can talk about and discuss social, anthropological and economical issues in contemporary photography. Communication and a humanistic approach have always been the base of the practice, while the narrative elements within the work often remain open and ambiguous. A focus on colour, texture, ambiguity and human relationships of various kinds forms the base of his practice. Find him on PHmuseum and Instagram.


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