Photographer and Travel Writer Jeremiah Gilbert is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this street photography. From the series ‘Bergen, the Street Art Capital of Norway’. To see Jeremiah’s body of work, click on any image.
Bergen is considered to be the street art capital of Norway. Famed street artist Banksy visited the city in 2000 and inspired many to start creating street art. In 2011, Bergen’s city council launched a plan of action for street art in Bergen to ensure that “Bergen will lead the fashion for street art as an expression both in Norway and Scandinavia.” Today over 200 pieces of street art, including murals, are dotted throughout the city.
With so much street art in a relatively small city, some pieces can still be tricky to spot. Many are small, tucked away along narrow roads. Others require one to either look up or behind them. However, the viewer is rewarded for their attentiveness as artists interpret and comment on the world around them, often using satire and asking questions.
For a long time, Norway fought against street art. Murals and graffiti were removed as soon as they appeared, and street artists were punished with heavy fines. Bergen’s decision to promote rather than crack down on the art form has had an overall positive outcome for both the city’s artists and residents. Companies and cultural institutions around the city now invest in decorating their walls with this form of art, and museums have had several street art exhibitions, adding to the city’s artistic status.
All images and text © Jeremiah Gilbert
By Jeremiah Gilbert
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