Pedersen participates in this year’s Coast contemporary with a screening of the new film To See Without Man. The work is a collaboration with artist Ingrid K. Bjørnaali.
Viktor Pedersen (b.1988) works interdisciplinary with video, performance, sound, and text. In his artistic practice, he approaches non-human intelligence to look at how we interact with other organisms in conscious and unconscious ways. Through storytelling Pedersen employs the perspectives of different beings—an alien from another dimension, how yeast influences society, or the bacteria in his own body. Through these voices he desires to challenge and play with the idea of human exceptionalism.
Pedersen received his MFA from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2020, and his BFA from the Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing in Tromsø in 2016. Recent solo exhibitions include Dancing With Dionysos, Galleri Memphis, Oslo (2022) and The Skin, A Border, Studio17, Stavanger (2021). Selected group shows include The Arctic Arts Festival, Harstad (2021), and Høstutstillingen, Oslo (2020). He is the founder and organiser of the platform Wild Seeds. Pedersen lives and works in Oslo.
The jury who selected this years award recipient: Tanja Sæter (Founder and Director, Coast Contemporary) and Therese Möllenhoff (Board member, Oslo Open/ Director, Canica art foundation).