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My research focuses on the narratives that are forming our world-views, how we come to these views, and how they alter when moving from one position to another. This is why traveling, travel logs, the geography and maps are important to me. Questions concerning collective bodies, historiography and perception of geography are reappearing dimensions in my work. My process often evolves around specific books, or interviews that I conduct.

The range of media that I imply includes text painted or printed on floors and walls, video, photography, silk-screen and objects. I am interested in the seductive element in communication with visual as well as verbal language and writing is becoming an increasingly important part of my practice. In the literary turn there is still a spatial orientation and an interest in how our perceptions and bodies are intertwined with the spaces we inhabit. It feeds back into ideas about affirmative spatial strategies that refurnish the landscape –symbolically and literally.

In addition to my individual practice, I have engaged in collaborative projects with Liv Strand in The Armenia-project, and with Runa Carlsen in programing of a reading group accompanied by a lectures program at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo.

 

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Unni Gjertsen (b.1966 in Norway) is a visual artist based in Oslo. Most recently Gjertsen has participated in exhibitions at Malmö Konstmueum (2014), Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum in Kristiansand and Kunstnerforbundet in Oslo (2013). Her newest public work commissioned by KORO Public Art Norway, will be installed in the new Technology building at the University of Tromsø opening in 2015. In 2011 Gjertsen made an exhibition at 0047 in Oslo, Fraternity, Power and Time, which was a duo with Liv Strand. She presented a commission for A Prior Magazine in issue #22 and participated in the nomadic art festival The Eternal Tour in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

Unni Gjertsen has had solo exhibitions at Shanthi Road I, Bangalore (2011), Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdansk (2007) and at Konsthall C in Stockholm (2005). Previous group exhibitions include Correct me if I’m critical at Nordische Botschaften in Berlin, Headlines and Footnotes at Henie-Onstad Art Centre in Norway, If I can’t dance I will not be part of your Revolution at MuHKA in Antwerp, the Rauma Biennale Balticum in Finland and shows at Gothenburg Museum of Art, Liljevalchs Konsthall and Iaspis in Stockholm. Her films has been screened at Malmö Konsthall and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, amongst other venues (2006-11).

Gjertsen graduated from the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art and has studied at the Universities in Oslo and in Tromsø. She is qualified as Associate Professor and has taught at Art Academies in Norway and the Oslo University College, and has given lectures at institutions such as Museion in Bolzano, Der Bali in Amsterdam and OCA in Oslo. She was an artist in residence at Mitte Berlin (2013), Platform China, Beijing and CoLab Art and Architecture in Bangalore (2009.) and a grant holder at Iaspis in Stockholm (2006-2007).