Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig / Diplom Bildende Kunst

One-man shows

Recent Works and Other Myths, MELK, Oslo
Sinking Holes, Circles, Holes and Other Holes, Künstlerhaus Bethanien , Berlin
Proposals for Commissioned Work, Bruch & Dallas, Cologne
Wheels and Trophies, W17/Studio-residency, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (C)
Who´s the Postman Now, Grünerløkka Kunsthall, Oslo
From a Point to Another/Material Studies, MELK, Oslo
A Narrow Scene of Hypothetical Circumstances, Fotogalleriet, Oslo
And You Could Have a Limp, Kunstraum D21, Leipzig
Turned Into Stag, Galerie Hafenrand, Hamburg
Die Entscheidung ist gefallen, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin
New Talents, Galerie Caprice Horn/Art Cologne
One-man show, Zephyr, Raum für Fotografie, Mannheim (C)

Selected Groupshows

Avskygninger, Kristiansand Kunsthall
Athens Photo Festival-Photobook exhibition, Benaki Museum, Athen
Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, curated by Tom Stian Kosmo, Anders Kjellesvik, Marte Aas, Julie Lillelien Porter, Joar Nango and Anna Ihle (C)
NORMALITY IS THE NEW AVANT-GARDE, Kópavogur Art Museum – Gerðarsafn, curated by Heiðar Kári Rannversson (C)
Artists‘ Books for Everything, Center for Artist’s Publications, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art (C)
Dislocating Surfaces - New Scandinavian Photography, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, curated by MELK
Books & Co., Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, organized by Bob Monk
The Drawing Biennale, Galleri Format, Oslo, curated by Elise Storsveen
On books and photography – what defines the photobook?, Dortmunder U – Zentrum für Kunst und Kreativität, Dortmund
Photography and the everyday, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus, curated by Nicos Philippou, Despo Pasia, Nicolas Lambouris and Yiannis Toumazis.
Books & Co., Gagosian Gallery, Paris, organized by Bob Monk
Re: follow-ed (after hokusai), Cabinet du livre d'artiste, Rennes, Curated by Michalis Pichler and Tom Sowden
Recent Acquisitions at the Athenaeum, Joseph Clayes III Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Sparebankstiftelsen DNB Grant Exhibition, Oslo Kunstforening, Curated by Marianne Hultman
A Book Between Two Stools, Boghossian Foundation, Villa Empain, Brussels (C)
Purgatorio, Norsk Billedhuggerforening, Oslo, Curated by True Solvang Vevatne
The Year of the Pig, Grünerløkka Kunsthall, Oslo
Books & Co., Museum Brandhorst, Munich
Norwegian Sculpture Biennale 2013, The Vigeland Museum, Oslo, (C) Curated by Helga Marie Nordby
Books & Co., Gagosian Gallery, New York, organized by Bob Monk
Drawing as an Expression, The 6th Drawing Biennale, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo (C)
Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (C), Curated by Nils Olav Bøe, Gunvor Nervold Antonsen, Stefan Schröder, Kjetil Kausland et. al
Walk of Shame, Wip:konsthall, Stockholm, Curated by Line Halvorsen
Recent Photography from Leipzig, Zabludowicz Collection, New York
‘NO MORE NO LESS (THREE) (THAT’S THE MAGIC NUMBER)’, Wizard, Oslo, Curated by Gard Frantzen
Acting On a Tip, Grünerløkka Kunsthall, Oslo
Summer Break, Udio Fine Arts, Frankfurt/Main, Curated by Anke Dyes
The Library of Babel/In and Out of Place, 176/Zabludowicz Collection, London (C), Curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers
Fröhliche Gesellschaft, Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart, Curated by Véronique Bacchetta and Sandro Parrotta
Close the Gap, Neuer Pfaffenhofener Kunstverein (C), Curated by Timm Rautert
Höstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (C), Curated by Mattias Härenstam et. al
Close the Gap, Galerie Kleindienst & Werkschauhalle, Leipzig (C), Curated by Timm Rautert
Höstutstillingens videoprogram, Christianssands Kunstforening, Kristiansand
Close the Gap, Städtische Galerie & Kunstverein Speyer (C), Curated by Timm Rautert
Stoffe der Eitelkeit, Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart, Curated by Christin Krause and Sandro Parrotta
Höstutstillingens videoprogram, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Tromsø
Herre i eget hus?, Galleri BOA, Oslo
No Rabbit, No Eagle, Shangyan Art Museum, Beijing, Curated by Jörg Schütze et. al
Three Hours Between Planes, Chicago Cultural Center (C), Curated by Marco Poloni and Eiko Grimberg
Three Hours Between Planes, Werkschauhalle, Leipzig (C), Curated by Marco Poloni and Eiko Grimberg
Vertrautes Terrain - Schauraum 1/Leipziger Schule, Städtische Galerie beim ZKM, Karlsruhe (C)
Ohne mich stehst du im nichts, Galerie Hafenrand, Hamburg
Close the Gap, Stadtgalerie Kiel (C), Curated by Timm Rautert
Synthetische Natur, D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig (C), Curated by Leif Magne Tangen
Pro:ohm Proudly Presents, Universal Cube, Leipzig (C), Curated by Jörg Schütze et. al
Into the woods tonight, Parrotta Contemporary Art/Project Space, Berlin, Curated by Birgit Kulmer, Martina Kupiak and Kerstin Schmidt
WASSER! FORT! AU! HILFE! SCHÖN! NICHT!, Galerie Hafenrand, Hamburg
Into the woods tonight, Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart (C), Curated by Birgit Kulmer, Martina Kupiak and Kerstin Schmidt
the Roof, Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig (C)
Gescheiterte Strategien, Vienna Biennale 2006, Curated by Mario Grubisic and Irina Nalis
Accrochage „Refraction,” Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin
Intention of the Public, Redskyart Space, Haikou City, China
D21: SALON 2006, Kunstraum D21, Leipzig
Photo Miami, Galerie Caprice Horn, Florida

Curated projects

Art Book Weekend, Demon's Mouth, Oslo
The Fernand Baudin Prize, the Prize for the Most Beautiful Books in Brussels and Wallonia (w/Sonia Dermience, Catherine Guiral, Rick Poynor. et. al.) (K)
Tiril Hasselknippe, Grünerløkka Kunsthall, Oslo
Fin Serck-Hanssen, Grünerløkka Kunsthall, Oslo
Brooding on what I have lived through...., Aaeron Bergman & Alejandra Salinas, Grünerløkka Kunsthall, Oslo
The Spring Exhibition 2013, Fotogalleriet (w/Maren Juell Kristensen and Kjetil Kausland) (C)
The Spring Exhibition 2012, Fotogalleriet, Oslo (w/Synne Bull, Behzad Farazollahi and Stephanie von Spreter) (C)
Keeping the Family Dog off the Furniture - Anne Guro Larsmon, Grünerløkka Kunsthall, Oslo
Acting On a Tip, Grünerløkka Kunsthall, Oslo (w/Robert Johanson)
The Spring Exhibition 2010, Fotogalleriet, Oslo (w/Morten Andersen and Camilla Sunes)


Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
The OPEKTA Artists in Residence Program, Cologne
W17/BKH Studio Residency Program, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
Hans-Christian-Rudolph Lotz Residency, Leipzig

Book Releases

Holes [Revisited Edition], The New York Art Book Fair, NY
Holes [Revisited Edition], Friends with Books, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
Holes, The LA Art Book Fair, Los Angeles
A Sudden Drop, 8/11, Toronto Ontario
A Sudden Drop, Fotogalleriet, Oslo
Das Nebelmeer, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
Das Nebelmeer, Atalante Göteborg, Oktoberdans, USF Verftet, Bergen, DanseFestival Barents, Hammerfest
Portraits by Waiters & Some Los Angeles Apartments, New Shelter Plan, Copenhagen
Portraits by Waiters & Some Los Angeles Apartments, MELK, Oslo
Wheels and Trophies, ASPN, Leipzig
A Narrow Scene of Hypothetical Circumstances, Lautom Contemporary, Oslo
All that Gold Mining Was Thirsty Work, HGB, Leipzig

Catalogues and Publications

Ten Exhibits, artists‘ book, Multinational Enterprises, Oslo
Anders Kjellesvik, Kjetil Røed, Tine Semb, Charlotte Torset Dølvik, Hanne Mandelid, Hannae Gudrun Gulljord, «Statens 131. Kunstutstilling Høstutstillingen 2018», NBK, Oslo
«GR-09022017», curated by Silja Leifsdottir, et al., SKREID Publishing, Oslo
Heiðar Kári Rannversson, Kristín Dagmar Jóhannesdóttir, «NORMALITY IS THE NEW AVANT-GARDE», Kópavogur Art Museum - Gerðarsafn
«Salon Magazine» No. 6, curated by Gerhard Theewen, Salon Verlag, Cologne
Holes [Revisited Edition], artists‘ book, Multinational Enterprises/Teknisk Industri, Oslo
„Remember Studio“, edited by Rita Sabbo, Leipzig
«Collected Good and Bad Ideas», artists´s book, Multinational Enterprises, Oslo
«Untitled (Newspaper), Multinational Enterprises, Oslo
«Holes», artists´s book, Multinational Enterprises and Teknisk Industri AS, Oslo
«Tegnebiennalen 2016: Skissen», Tegnerforbundet, Oslo
«A Sudden Drop», artists´s book, Multinational Enterprises, Oslo
«Eight and a Half Days», artists´s book, Multinational Enterprises, Oslo
„New Scandinavian Photography“, edited by Bjarne Bare and Behzad Farazollahi, Black Dog Publishing, London
"Covertext: Is the Artist Necessary for Making Art Today?", edited by Swantje Lichtenstein and Tom Lingnau, Covertext, Cologne
«Das Nebelmeer», (with Henriette Pedersen), Teknisk Industri, Oslo
«Walls», edited, curated and published by Herman Zschiegner, New York
Diane Hennebert, Jean Boghossian, François de Coninck, Sephora Thomas, Massimo Minni, „Entre deux chaises, un livre“, Fondation Boghossian, Villa Empain, Brüssels
«Portraits by Waiters», Artistbook, Multinational Enterprises, Oslo
«Some Los Angeles Apartments», Artistbook, Multinational Enterprises, Oslo
Helga-Marie Nordby, Guri Skuggen, Trine Otte Bak Nielsen, Jarle Strømodden, «Norsk Skulpturbiennale 2013», Norsk Billedhuggerforening, Oslo
Jeff Brouws, Wendy Burton, Hermann Zschiegner, «Various Small Books», MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts
«Wheels and Trophies», Artistbook, Multinational Enterprises, Oslo
Line Ulekleiv, Lisa Karlsson «Tegning som ytring», Tegnerforbundet, Oslo
Hilde Rognskog, Stefan Schröder, Gunvor Nervold Antonsen, Ingrid Lydersen Lystad, Finn Skårderud, Ståle Finke, Johan Storm, Gunnar
Danbolt, «Statens 125. Kunstutstilling Høstutstillingen 2012», NBK, Oslo
Stephanie von Spreter. Marte Aas, Istvan Virag, «The Fotogalleriet Auction», Stiftelsen Fotogalleriet, Oslo
Friedrich Tietjen, Christopher Muller, Caroline Ugelstad, «A Narrow Scene of Hypothetical Circumstances», Teknisk Industri AS, Oslo
Jorge Luis Borges, Elizabeth Neilson, Anna-Catharina Gebbers, «The Library of Babel/In and Out of Place»,
176 Zabludowicz Collection, London
Claudia Gülzow, «All that Gold Mining was Thirsty Work», selfpublished artistbook, Leipzig
Ingrid Lystad, Hilde Rognskog, Janicke Iversen, «Statens 122. Kunstutstilling», NBK, Oslo
Gregor Jansen, Thomas Thiel, «Vertrautes Terrain - Contemporary Art in & about Germany», ZKM Museum für neue Kunst,
Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg
Christopher Muller, Heidi Specker, «Dreams of a Better Life», AIDS-Hilfe Leipzig e.V
Christin Krause, Thilo Scheffler, Kerstin Stremmel, «Close the Gap», Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig/Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach
James Elkins, Thilo Scheffler, Marco Poloni, Eiko Grimberg, «Three Hours Between Planes», Kunstverein Leipzig
Birgit Kulmer, Sandro Parrotta, «Into the woods tonight», Engelhardt und Bauer, Stuttgart
Celina Lunsford, Kristin Dittrich, Eugen Blume, Timm Rautert, «F/Stop, the 1st International Photography Festival Leipzig»,
Zentrum für zeitgenössische Fotografie Leipzig E.V.
Alan Lucien Øyen, «Schwanger auf St. Pauli», Galerie Hafenrand, Hamburg
«The Roof», Artistbook, Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
Yun Chea Gab, Aristide Fenster, Henna Joo, Hans-Werner Schmidt, «Artists from Leipzig», Arario Beijing
Thomas Schirmböck, «7. Internationale Fototage Mannheim/Ludwigshafen», Edition Panorama, Mannheim
Anna Lena von Helldorf, Markus Dressen, «Fix + Foxy», Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig

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