• Leading art advisor for a public sculpture to Kim Friele in Bergen 2020

    Leading art advisor for a public sculpture to Kim Friele in Bergen 2020

    Bergen City will put up 5 sculptures dedicated to named women the next 10 years as a strategy for equality in public space. The first one to get a sculpture is the pioneer gay rights activist Kim Friele (b. 1935). Read more here (in Norwegian). Photo: Ivar Aaserud, VG/Kim Frieles arkiv

  • Curator of the KMD MFA graduation show at Bergen Kunsthall 2020

    Opens 03.04.2020

    Students: Amalie Vestergaard Olsen, Andrea Grundt Johns, Annelen Røe, Christian Dupont, Dale Rothenberg, Daniela Bergschneider, Emilie Wright, Emma Fuchs Sjövall, Espen Pedersen, Hanna Kristin, Haruka Fukao, Kaeto Sweeney, Katrin Rusten, Lasse Bo, Laura Geiger, Nayara Leite, Oda Bremnes, Peter Voss-Knude, Robert Carter, Sara Ortega, Skade Henriksen, Victor Rankanen

  • Rio de Janeiro Air 2020

    OCA artist in resident at Capacete

  • Artist in Residence Kunstharhuset Messen 2019

    Artist in Residence Kunstharhuset Messen 2019

    One month residency in September

  • Solo show at Varbergs Konsthall 2018

    Solo show at Varbergs Konsthall 2018

    Stranger in Motherland
    Maya Økland

    27.01 – 29.04

  • Stranger in Motherland book launch tour 2017

    Stranger in Motherland book launch tour 2017

    Entrée, Bergen; Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger; Podium, Oslo


    For over fifteen years, artist and photographer Maya Økland (b. 1980) has been documenting her travels to Brazil, the homeland of her mother. As a participating observer with an attentive gaze, she has photographed encounters with close family members, more distant relatives and places spread over large parts of the country. The camera is her tool for exploring family relations and to familiarize herself with the surroundings. These travels and meetings have eventually resulted in the photographic series Stranger in Motherland, now presented in book form for the first time. The book is a temporary stop in the journey, and consists of photographs from four in a total of five travels Økland did between 1999 and 2013. Portraits are shown alongside landscapes, interiors and detailed close-ups. The book could be compared to an exhibition where the selection, order and compilation of images create new visual narratives. It can also remind of a photographic album where people are recognized from image to image, and the changes in their appearance can be seen through time. Simultaneously the book breaks with the photo album´s linear logic; we meet the recent encounters first and turn the pages backwards in time – like an archeologist or genealogist exploring layers of history.

    Helga Nyman