bio

Maya Økland (b. 1980, Bergen, Norway) is an artist and curator with an MFA in photography from the Bergen National College of Arts in 2005. Her works are featured in the collections of KODE Bergen Art Museum in Norway (2020) and the Halland Art Museum in Sweden (2018). Økland has exhibited at various art institutions and galleries, including Tenthaus and Kunstnerforbundet in Oslo, Varbergs Konsthall in Sweden, Fotogalleriet in Norway, Gallery SíM in Iceland, Telemark Kunstsenter in Norway, Kreuzberg Pavilion in Berlin, Galleria Huuto in Finland, Kjubh Kunstverein in Cologne, and Kulturhuset Sermermiut in Greenland, among others. Her photobook, 'Stranger in Motherland,' was published by Teknisk Industri in 2017.

In addition to her artistic endeavors, Økland co-founded and co-curated the artist-run gallery KNIPSU in Bergen from 2010 to 2015. From 2015 to 2017, she worked as Curatorial Assistant, Interim Director, and Coordinator at Kunsthall Stavanger under Director Hanne Mugaas. In 2021, Økland served as the art advisor for the public sculpture 'Benkene til Kim' by artist Lina Viste Grønli, dedicated to the legendary gay rights activist Kim Friele (1935-2021). In 2023 she co-curated the exhibition Mother's Nature together with Cristina Bută at Sector 1 Gallery in Bucharest, Romania. From 2013 to 2023, Økland was part of the editorial staff of the feminist magazine Fett, contributing frequently with texts on art and feminism.

Maya Økland has been based in Oslo, Norway, since 2017, where she continues to live and work.