Kyrre Lien

Alexandra, 2017 

From the series The Internet Warriors 

Giclée print on 260 gram Canon Luster

42 x 49 cm.

Ed. 25 + 2 AP

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Alexandra is one of the many people who fights to express her opinions in comment sections online. From her two-bedroom apartment in the outskirts of St. Petersburg, she can spend hours in front of the keyboard. Her biggest fear is for Russia to be influenced by «GayEurope», as she calls it. She once wrote in a comment online: “Shame on the European world!!! Damn, the fagots are all around!!!!”, to a story when a U.S. Ambassador said he was a homosexual.

Online debates are an important channel for free speech but also forums for controversial statements. The series The Internet Warriors (2017), reveals online commenters whom Lien met and interviewed over three years from the fjords of Norway, to the US desert, and a boat in Denmark. Using storytelling techniques, Lien explores the contrasts of how these people appear in real life as well, as in the digital world, with the intention of creating a more nuanced debate about freedom of speech in the age of the Internet. The project comprises a photo series, an interactive website, and a documentary film.

Kyrre Lien is an award-winning Norwegian visual journalist with photography as his main practice. His work has been published in the majority of Norwegian newspapers and he mainly works for clients such as VG, Aftenposten and The Guardian He is acclaimed for his use of new media and visual storytelling. In 2017 he was named by Forbes Magazine to be one of 30 young media entrepreneurs “defining the ever-shifting world of news and content.”



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