Work and education
I have an engineering degree in electronics and a master degree in international sales and marketing. After 10 years of working for Norwegian companies I wanted to change my life drastically and I started working as a photographer in 1997. Four years later I had my first exhibition. Photography soon led me into installations and performance art. My first performance work was with my project ”Crosses of Liberty”in 2005 (crossesofliberty.com). I still work with photography and video, but my major works are in performance art.
Curator and organiser
I have a great desire to share my experiences in Arctic with other artists and to raise awareness of how rapidly Arctic now is changing. One step has been to invite artists to truly experience the Arctic, to show the world its uniqueness and beauty. To that end I have created the Arctic Action International Performance Festival, founded in 2015 (www.arcticaction.info). I have curated three series in Svalbard, one each year, inviting performance artists from Scandinavia and elsewhere, to create works that are inspired by its landscape. I believe it is extremely important at this moment in time to eschew isolationism and develop cultural networks in the current climate of international capitalist hegemony.