27 & 28 April 2019

Oslo Opens Reference group
Astrup Fearnley Museum for Moderne Art
Atelier Nord
Billedkunstnerne i Oslo og Akershus (BOA)
Forbundet Frie Fotografer (FFF)
Kunstnernes Hus
The National Museum of Art, Archtecture and Design
Norsk Billedhoggerforening (NBF)
Norske Kunsthåndverkere Oslo og Akershus (NKOA)
Norsk senter for teknologi i musikk og kunst (NOTAM)
Norske tekstilkuntnere/SOFT
Tegnerforbundet (TF)
Young Artists Society (UKS)

Norwegian Crafts

Supported by
Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Arts Council Norway
City of Oslo, Agency for Cultural Affairs
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Økland, Maya


My artistic practice poses existential questions concerning identity and interpersonal relationships across borders, family ties, selected, and unselected belongings. As human beings we depend on these premises to position and identify ourselves in society. But what happens when some of us doesn´t fit into the most commonly set categories?

I am also freelancing as a curator. In 2010 – 2015 I was co-founder and co-director of the artist run gallery KNIPSU in Bergen, and in 2015 – 2017 I worked for Kunsthall Stavanger in various positions.

Member of NBK, UKS, FFF

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Stranger in Motherland, Photobook published by Teknisk Industri, 2017
2013 11 stranger in motherland maya oekland
Brasilía DF – 2013 // From the series Stranger in Motherland, 80x100cm
2005 5 stranger in motherland maya oekland
Vovó Pipí – São Félix do Araguaia, Mato Grosso – 2005 // From the series Stranger in Motherland, 30x40cm
2013 25 stranger in motherland maya oekland
Brasilía DF – 2013 // From the series Stranger in Motherland, 100x120cm

Planned projects and exhibitions

September 2019: AiR at Kunstnarhuset Messen in Hardanger


2003-2005 MFA Photography, Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway
Spring 2004 Exchange student Cleveland Institute of Art, OH, USA
Fall 2002 Exchange student Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
2000-2003 BFA Photography, Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway

2017 Stranger in Motherland, photo book published by Teknisk Industri

Book launches
2017 Entrée in Bergen, Rogaland Kunstsenter in Stavanger and Podium in Oslo

Solo shows
2018 Stranger in Motherland, Varbergs Konsthall, Sweden
2017 Stranger in Motherland, booklaunch and exhibition, Podium, Oslo
2008 I Recognize You, kjubh Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
2008 Stranger in Motherland, Arendal Kunstforening, Arendal, Norway

Selected group shows
2018 KNIPSU + Ytter, Telemark Kunstsenter, Skien
2015 Utopia, Kreuzberg Pavillion, Berlin
2014 Die Schwelle, Gallery Toolbox, Berlin
2013 KNIPSU + Ytter: The Treshold, BOA, Oslo
2012 KNIPSU + Ytter: Parataxon, KNIPSU, Bergen
2011 Stories, in between, Gallery 3,14, Bergen. Curated by Johan Lundh and Aileen Burns
2011 Blackout, Galleria Huuto, Helsinki (curated by J.Moisander&M.Suoniemi)
2010 Flaggfabrikken Presenterer, Kulturhuset Sermermiut, Ilulissat, Greenland
2008 RYKK TILBAKE TIL START, 0047, Oslo. Curated by Jan B. Christensen
2007 Reiseblikk, Oslo Kunstforening & Halden Kunstforening. Curated by Anne Szefer Karlsen
2006 New Nordic Photography, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden
2005 XXVII Hovedfagsutstillingen 2005, VK, Bergen
2004 Vestlandsutstillingen
2004 Den Nordnorske Kunstutstilling (with Åse Løvgren)
2003 Høstutstillingen
1999 Framtidstro, Varbergs Museum, Sverige

Open on: Saturday


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