About the gallery
Galleri Riis was founded in Trondheim in 1972 and has been based in Oslo since 1980.
The gallery's exhibition programme reflects a long-standing history, with a primary focus on important contemporary art from the Nordic countries with a selective spotlight on international artists. In addition to its space in Oslo, the gallery maintains a by appointment showroom in Stockholm.
Admir Batlak works with textiles, sculpture and clothing. Central to his work is experimentation with craftsmanship and the development of new textiles. Through a wealth of techniques and references to fashion, history, social movements and mainstream culture, he creates complex expressions that observe the present, and explore questions of taste, ideals and identity.
Batlak (b. 1982, Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina) lives and works in Oslo. He is a trained fashion designer from the Instituto Marangoni in Milan (2006). In recent years, he has worked primarily in art and has shown his work at, among others, Melk, Oslo (2022); The Sculpture Triennale, Sculptors Association (2021); NoPlace, Oslo (2020); Gallery Riis, Oslo (2019); Kunsthall Stavanger (2018); and Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo (2017). He is represented in the collections of the National Museum, Kode 1, Bergen, Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim and Stavanger Art Museum. In 2020 he won the Norwegian Art Association's debutant prize at Høstutstillingen (Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo), and he was recently selected for the third edition of SOLO OSLO at the Munch Museum in 2023.
Admir Batlak, Skulpturtriennalen (2021). Image courtesy of Adrian Bugge.
Admir Batlak, 'A New Tomorrow 2, 3 & 5'. Image courtesy of Vegard Kleven
Admir Batlak, 'Fake a Patina, Deal Break a Vibe #4', (2022). Image courtesy of Øystein Thorvaldsen.