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Hans Jørgen Ro (NO)

"On the night of 25 June 2022, I was outside the London Pub. I got away from the shots unscathed, but it took me a long time to get back to an everyday life that wasn't characterized by this extreme experience."

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    © Hans Jørgen Ro, Aftermath, 2022. Self-portrait on the morning of 25 June. "The night before I had run when I heard the shots. Unsure of what had really happened, we slipped into the masses in Karl Johan. We didn't know what to do, so we ended up at Burger King. We sat down across from a lesbian couple. One of them cried while washing off glitter. She didn't dare to be seen in the streets. I cried with her. I slept over with the friend I'd been out with, I didn't want to be alone. The next morning I went to the bathroom to drink water. I looked at myself in the mirror, and saw a different man than he who had been there yesterday."

"The shootings were an attack on a minority, but also an affront to democracy, where everyone should have a voice and no one should be silenced. In the weeks and months after the shootings, I documented my experiences. I wanted to show how my partner took care of me, my quest to have a queer unity around me and what it was like to experience that security had been taken away."

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    © Hans Jørgen Ro, Etterdønninger, 2022. Care
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    © Hans Jørgen Ro, Aftermath, 2022. "Visibility: In the period afterwards, we both felt that it was very important to be visible. Several people who needed to talk contacted us on the street during the first week."

Hans Jørgen Ro (b. 1989) is a photographer from Oslo working with the human experience. In one of his projects, Saturn Return, he revisits the burnout he had a few years into his working career. As he encountered depression and anxiety, photography showed itself to be more than a hobby.

Museum24:Portal - 2024.05.06
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