Nora Nord



About

To borrow a phrase from psychiatrist and author Dr Ned Hallowell, “What is creativity but impulsivity gone right?” These words are an illuminating entry point into the work of Norwegian interdisciplinary artist Nora Nord. Working across mediums as varied as photography, moving image, podcasting and journalism, the London-based creative’s practice is an extension of her outlook on life: playful and exploratory. 

Despite graduating in 2019 from CSM with an MA in fashion photography, Nora’s work behind the lens demonstrates less of an interest in clothes and aesthetics than a fierce curiosity about stories and characters. Whether it be portraits of queer couples in quarantine for Teen Vogue or documenting new mothers and their struggles with early years childcare for The Stack, the personal is political in Nord’s work. 

In fact, with iconic political designer Katharine Hamnett among her subjects, Nord’s approach as a photographer is often linked to a passion for advocacy and social justice. Galvanised by people coming together to fight for a fairer world, as a contributor to i-D magazine she has captured scenes from the London vigil for Sarah Everard and interviewed climate activists during London’s COP26 protest. 

Her personal work includes Wellcome Prize-shortlisted project Queer ADHD: a series of candid bedroom portraits of members of London’s queer community, motivated by Nord’s own ADHD diagnosis. In this intimate space, often in various states of disarray, the featured individuals are photographed and later interviewed about their journey with ADHD. Initially conceptualised as a way of diversifying the media perception of neurodiversity, Queer ADHD has also become a way for Nora to build a community with a shared set of lived experiences.

This project set the scene for Nora’s first podcast You & Me: Let’s Talk About ADHD – a serious of frank conversations with artists, photographers and activists about creativity, neurodiversity and exploring the idiosyncrasies of life with ADHD.

In addition to her solo practice, Nord also works collaboratively with partner Heather Glazzard. Together, they have created still and moving image campaigns for brands such as Axel Arigato and Coach and produced the exhibition and zine Porridge XXX: an exploration of the nuances of queer intimacy and gender play within their relationship. 

A strong believer in the power of collaborative work, particularly with other queer artists, in 2021 Nord was a part of the collective “Hän” (borrowing its name from the Finnish gender neutral pronoun) alongside Glazzard, designer Ella Boucht and creative producer Bryanna Kelly. Creating a short documentary film (which Nord shot and edited) and a series of photographs spotlighting the queer Finnish community, in particular the gender-non-conforming lesbian and dyke community, the project was exhibited at Helsinki’s Luna Gallery. 

She lives and works in London.


Words by Megan Wallace


Press

i-D The many faces of the #cop26 protest #climatechange video

i-D  The many faces behind London’s urgent COP26 protest words

The Stack You & Me: Let’s Talk About ADHD, With Nora Nord

The Guardian Wellcome photography prize 2021 shortlist: health challenges – in pictures

The Sunday Times Wellcome photography prize 2021: putting a face on the pandemic, mental health and climate change

Urth Magazine 10 LGBTQIA+ Photographers Pushing the Envelope of Diversity and Equality

The Stack The First Three Years: How the System Fails Parents in The UK

The Stack The First Three Years

i-D Scenes from the London vigil in memory of Sarah Everard

Gay Times  Radical Tenderness: Queer and trans joy in 2020 

Booooooom Photographer Spotlight: Nora Nord

i-D 40 years of daily portraits and queering ADHD: what i-D loved this week

i-D The Queer Faces of ADHD

Paper Journal Mag We Love Nora Nord (@noranordfromnorway) and her series ADHD Awareness.

Paper Journal Nora Nord – ADHD Awareness

Vogue.com / direction for "Ella Boucht Is Bringing London’s Queer Community Together With Their Cool Suiting"

Teen Vogue "Queer In Quarantine" Photos show LGBTQ Couples during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Document Journal "Heather Glazzard and Nora Nord's quarantine photos are a delightful critique of normie culture"

Vogue Italia "LGBT History Month by Heather Glazzard, Nora Nord and Hannah Crosbie"

i-D "See Portraits of Kim Jones and Matty Bovan at CSM's latest exhibition"

i-D “20 rising photographers to follow on Instagram in 2020” 

Its Nice That “Engage, be kind and speak up”: Nora Nord captures the tenderness of her surroundings

AnOther Mag “Intimate Photographs of a Queer Couple in a Domestic Setting” 

Sleek “The photographer couple lensing queer intimacy in their East London home” 

i-D “These photos reveal the intimate space of a queer creative relationship” 

SHOWstudio "Central Saint Martins showcases fashion imagery produced by MA Fashion Image Students" 


Exhibitions

"Hän" (2021) film exhibited at Luna Gallery in Helsinki, Finland

Wellcome Photography Prize 2021 shortlist

Shortlisted Palm Studio Prize 2021

Group Show "A Horizon is Not Straight" curated by Richard Porter 2020 

“Porridge XXX” Exhibition 2019

Shortlisted Palm Studio Prize 2019


Talks

'Play' Online Lecture for UAL, November 2020

'Imagining a New Art World' at Goldsmiths University, April 2020

'Queering the Gaze' Lecture at Salford University, Feb 2020


Contact

noranordphoto@gmail.com

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