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

Samset, Hege Dons

Analogue photography, embroidery, fragrance, installation, sound, video, performance

I am a Norwegian artist based in Oslo and Berlin. The starting point of my work is the analogue photograph, but by experimenting and incorporating other disciplines, such as sound, textile and video, I seek to achieve the most perceptible rendition of what I experienced out in the field, and communicate it to the viewer. I am interested in telling stories through the use of images, sounds and texts, specifically in that I in exhibitions seek to create spatial installations.

The core of my artistic working method is traveling and exploring landscapes and habitats, to understand how our relationship to nature shapes people living in different parts of the world and create my art in response to this. By using humour I create absurd symbolic images of how we humans stumble through life.

Member of FFF

Sort gren:black branch
Sort gren / Black branch, 71 x 104,5 cm Analogue photography, RA-4 C-print, Hand Made, 2011
No.9 jupiter rising
Jupiter Rising, 73,8 x 57,9 cm, Analogue photography, RA-4 C-print, Hand Made, 2017
Worker collecting garbage in a landfill
Worker collecting garbage in a landfill, 80x120 cm, Analogue photography, RA-4 C-print, Hand Made, 2008
Detail fuchsia magellanica : hardy fuchsia
Detail of Fuchsia Magellanica / Hardy Fuchsia, 40x60 cm, Analogue Photo on Sublimation Dekotex Micro Velour, Silk embroidery, Hand Made, 2011-2012


2001 Edinburgh College of Art, UK, BA (HONS) Visual Communication/Photography
1997 Oslo School of Fine Art Photography, Oslo, Norway, Photography Degree
1995 University of Oslo, Norway, BA in Art History, Social Anthropology,
Norwegian Language, Literature and Mass Communication
1991 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Aesthetics,
Photography and Audiovisual Art Degree (Estética, Fotografía y Audiovisual de

Solo exhibitions:
2013 Tromsø Center for Contemporary Art, Tromsø, Norway, "Naturbilder”
Frappant Galerie, Hamburg, ”Welcome Stranger!”
2012 Trondheim Art Museum, Gråmølna, Trondheim, Norway, ”Museum of Hope”
2010 Superbien! Gallery, Berlin, Germany ”The Crack”
2008 Nordnorsk Art Center, Svolvær, Norway, ”Let’s Get to Work”
Gallery GAD, Oslo, Norway, “This is the life”
2006 Blomqvist BQ Gallery, Vestfossen, Norway, “Please Ring for Service”
2005 Kontoret Gallery, Oslo, Norway, “A New Standard in Anonymity”

Group exhibitions:
2013 Frappant Galerie, Hamburg, ”(NO) Public Space”
2012 Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, ”Drifting”
2011 University Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA,
’CAVE, Russell Industrial Center, Detroit, Michigan, USA, ”Island”
2010 Gornji Milanovac Cultural Centre, Serbia, ”10th International Biennal of
Miniature Art”
2009 TransCultural Exchange, Boston, USA, ” Here, There and Everywhere:
Anticipating the Art of the Future”, collaboration with Miriam Songster
2008 Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China, ”Intrude Art & Life
366”, collaboration with Miriam Songster
TELIC Arts Exchange, Los Angeles, USA, ”Gravity Art”
2006 SÍM House Seljavegur, Reykjavik, Iceland, “SÍM Resident Artists’ Show”
LEVE, Rådhusplassen, Oslo, Norway, “Å LEVE”
2005 Spark Contemporary Art Space, New York, USA, “SparkVideo 5.1”
Galerie aRtmosphere, Wien, Austria, “Ladyfest Vienna 2005”
Prenelle Gallery, London, UK, “Island Art Film & Video Festival”
In Flux Art, School of Fine Art, Thessaloniki, Greece, “PixelDance”
TimeWarner NYC, New York, USA, ”Snack on Art: Norwegian Video Art, #137”
2004 CirculationsCentralen, Malmö, Sweden, “The GallerynightsNIGHT (acting for
The Gallery, Marchmont Campus, Napier University, Edinburgh, UK,
“LIMELIGHT; Self-portraiture & Performance”
Light Work Gallery, New York, USA, “Spark Video International Syracuse:
Best Of 2003-2004”
Spark Contemporary Art Space, New York, USA, “Spark Video 5”
2003 Spark Video International, New York, USA, “Spark Video International:
2001 Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, UK, “Degree Show, BA”
Tramway Gallery, Glasgow, UK, “Competition of Fashion Photography”
1999 Royal Scottish Academy of Arts, Edinburgh, UK, “173rd Annual RSA Exhibition”
Discovery Point, Dundee, UK, “Interruption”
1998 The Andrew Grant Gallery, ECA, Edinburgh, UK, “Self-Portrait”
Royal Scottish Academy of Arts, Edinburgh, UK, “172nd Annual RSA Exhibition”
1997 Gallery Nebb, Oslo, Norway, “Archetypes”

2014 – 2016 The Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Urbygningen NMBU, Ås,
invited by KORO, http://publicartnorway.org/,
“As Above, So Below – The Age of Stars”

Video & Film festivals:
2011 Oto Park, Tophane-İ Amire Kultur Merkezi, Kılıçali Paşa Mh., Beyoğlu, Istanbul,
2010 Tampere Filmfestival, Finland, “40th Tampere Film Festival”
Studio 1.1 Gallery, London, “Time is Love. 2 International video art screening”
2008 Icebreaker Festival, Kabelvåg, Norway, “Icebreaker 2008”
2007 Loesjes Imagination, Berlin, Germany, “Loesje Short Film Festival”
2006 Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece, “20 Athens Video Art Festival 2006”
Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany, “Directors Lounge 2006”
2005 Grünerløkka Lufthavn, Oslo, Norway, “Choreocinema Festival 2005”
Centro Cultural Telemar, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ”Prog:ME, Festival of
Electronic Media”
Festival Audiovisual Zemos98_7, Seville, Spain, “Maratón del Cortometraje”
2004 LaIsle.Com, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, “LaIsle.Com Videos Incrives 2004-04”
Festival Audiovisual Zemos98_6, Seville, Spain, ”A Space & Time for
Audiovisual Culture”
LaIsle.Com, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ”LaIsle.Com Hole 2004-02”
1999 Volapük International Short Film Festival, Oslo, Norway
Grimstad International Short Film Festival, Grimstad, Norway

2017 ISCO Group IIC Partners, Oslo
2012 Private Collection, Oslo
Private Collection, Trondheim
2010 Private Collection, Oslo
2008 StatiolHydro
Private Collection, Oslo
Private Collection, Los Angeles
Private Collection, Oslo
Private Collection, Bielefeld
2007 Private Collection, Oslo
2006 Private Collection, Oslo
Private Collection, Oslo
Private Collection, Oslo
Private Collection, Oslo
2005 Private Collection, Oslo
Private Collection, Oslo
Private Collection, Oslo
2003 ISCO Group IIC Partners, Oslo
2001 Polaroid International

2012 The Art Council Norway – Exhibition Grant
Trondheim Municipality – Exhibition Grant
2011 The Art Council Norway – Exhibition Grant
2009 The Norwegian National Artist Grant for Photographers
2007 Norwegian Visual Artists Vederlags Foundation/Vederlagsfondet NBK
Artist Grant
Norwegian Photographic Foundation/NoFoFo – Project Grant
The Art Center of Northern Norway – Project Grant
2006 The Art Council Norway – Exhibition Grant
The Norwegian National Artist Grant for establishing young artists

2010 SÍM – The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists
2006 SÍM – The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists

2014 Debris Fanzine Issue #1, “Living with nature”,
2012 ArtSceneTrondheim, ”Eksistensielt håp”, (Existential Hope) by Margrete
Abelsen, http://trondheimkunsthall.com/news/Eksistensielt_h-p
2011 Kunstforum, nr.4/2011, “Loser friendly” by Marit K. Flåtter
2010 Måg, NABROAD Magazine, November issue, http://www.maagmag.com/
”Here is Always Somewhere Else”, documentary on Bas Jan Ader by Rene
Daalder, http://hereisalwayssomewhereelse.com/
2009 Arteducation UK, http://www.arteducationuk.com/index.php?pr=Hege
2006 “Positiv”, no.3 2006
2005 “Utflukt”, no.3/4 2005
2000 ”DPICT”, no.01, april/may 2000
1999 ”The Accent”, no.20, sept/oct 1999
”Sculpture Matters”, issue no.6/99

Forbundet Frie Fotografer / Association of photographers in Norway
Kunstnerforeningen / The Artists Association, Norway
BONO / Norwegian Visual Artists Copyright Society

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