Maya Økland (b.1980 in Bergen, Norway) is an artist and a curator. She holds an MFA in photography from the Bergen National College of Arts, 2005. She has exhibited in galleries such as Telemark Kunstsenter, 2018; Kreuzberg Pavillion, Berlin, 2015; Gallery Toolbox, Berlin, 2014; BOA, Oslo, 2013; KNIPSU, Bergen, 2012; Galleria Huuto, Helsinki, 2011; Sermermiut, Greenland, 2010; Litteraturhuset, Oslo, 2009; 0047, Oslo, 2008; Oslo Kunstforening, 2007; Hasselblad Center, Sweden, 2006. From 2010 to 2015 Økland co-founded and co-curated the artist run gallery KNIPSU in Bergen, Norway. In 2015 – 2017 she worked as Curatorial Assistant, Interim Director and Coordinator at Kunsthall Stavanger. Her first photo book Stranger in Motherland was published by Teknisk Industri in 2017. In January 2018 Økland has a solo show at Varbergs Konsthall in Sweden. Lives and works in Oslo, Norway.

mokland.no // knipsu.no // kunsthallstavanger.no // tekniskindustri.no

Contact: maya.okland(at)gmail.com

 

CV

Education

  • MFA Photography, Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway
    2003-2005
  • 2004 Exchange student at Cleveland Institute of Art, OH, USA
  • 2002 Exchange student at Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
  • BFA Photography, Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway            2000-2003
  • Assistant to photographer Arne Persson, Varberg Museum, Sweden      1999-2000
  • Media Program, Almers Gymnasium, Varberg, Sweden                                    1996-1999

Soloshows
2018
Varbergs Konsthall
2008
I Recognize You, kjubh Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
Stranger in Motherland, Arendal Kunstforening, Arendal

Groupshows
2018
Ytter + KNIPSU, Telemark Kunstsenter (upcoming)

2015
UTOPIA, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin

2014
Die Schwelle, Ytter+KNIPSU, Gallery Toolbox, Berlin

2013
Wuthering Heights, Ola Narr parken, Oslo
Terskelen, Ytter + KNIPSU, BOA, Oslo
Please Don´t Feed the Artist, Extrapool, Nijmegen (NL)

2012
Ytter + KNIPSU 2012 / Parataxon, KNIPSU, Bergen
Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm

2011
Blackout, Galleria Huuto, Helsinki
Stories, in Between, Gallery 3,14, Bergen
Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm

2010
Flaggfabrikken Presenterer, Kulturhuset Sermermiut in Ilulissat, Greenland

2009
Don´t judge a book by its cover, Litteraturhuset, Oslo

2008
Don´t judge a book by its cover, Gartenstudio Gallery, Berlin
RYKK TILBAKE TIL START, 0047, Oslo

2007
Reiseblikk, Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo
Reiseblikk, Halden Kunstforening, Halden

2006
New Nordic Photography, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden
Oslo Art Festival 3, No. 9 i Exil presents: Everything Unneeded, curated by Members Club, Oslo
New Nordic Photography, Photography Fair 2006, Stockholm
Konstepidemin´s Day, Open Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden

2005
Showcase05, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
XXVII Hovedfagsutstillingen 2005, VK, Bergen

2004
Vestlandsutstillingen 2004
Den Nordnorske Kunstutstilling 2004 (with Åse Løvgren)

2003
Young Bergen Artists, Videokunst og lapskaus, Kvarteret, Bergen
Høstutstillingen 2003
Ung 2003 i regi av Trafo.no, Galleri f15, Moss
Smashing, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen
Subjectivity Meets Reality, Galleri 3,14, Bergen
Prøverommet, Teatergarasjen, Bergen

2002
Bar + drop in video/dvd, Konstfack, Stockholm
Overtüres Überwasser, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Vann, Galleri Fisk, Bergen
Prøverommet, Teatergarasjen, Bergen
Et annet sted, Galleri Fisk, Bergen

2001
Vennligst vent, Teatergarasjen, Bergen

1999
Framtidstro, Varbergs Museum, Sverige

Published works
2017
Photo book, Stranger in Motherland, Teknisk Industri

2015
Fett No. 4, Women in war, Presentation of Etel Adnan and contribution with 3 texts by artists Liwaa Yazji and Doni Timani, and journalist Francesca Borri

2014
Fett No. 1, Women´s Year in the Art Scene, text about equality and art

2013
Fashion Week of Contemporary Art, debate in local newspaper Bergens Tidende
Fett no. 2 (Norwegian feminist culture magazine) Presentation of artist Joanna Rytel

2012
Palais de Tokyo Magazine Appendix with Pavillon “Light Matter / The perfect greyscale”

2011
Shaping Time – Time & the City. Edited by Anna Kazimierczak & Anna M. Zarychta in collaboration with Flaggfabrikken (M. Økland & H. Jørgensen) ISBN 9788387870409

2009
Cover photo on an anthology of gender studies called ”Norske Seksualiterer”
(Norwegian Sexualities). Edited by Wencke Mühleisen and Åse Røthing.
ISBN 9788202292386

2007
The Meaning of Sex, Edited by Christel Sverre and Wencke Mühleisen
Maya Økland and Jan Freuchen: Tableau #1-4, p. 97-104
ISBN 9788253029849

2007
Langford´s Basic Photography, 8th edition
Chapter 8: Organizing the picture, page350
ISBN 0240520351

2002
Heartbeat (a music fanzine)

2001
Historien och Framtiden i Halland, Varbergs Museum Yearbook 1999-2000
Hallänningar om framtiden, porträtt och texter s. 47-66
ISBN 9189570014

AiR
2013 Deelstaat Extrapool, Nijmegen (NL)
2012 Berlin Mitte with KNIPSU, OCA
2009 Kunstwerke in Berlin by Office for Comtemporary Art Norway
2006 Nordic AiR, NIFCA, Konstepidemin in Gothenburg, Sweden

Grants
2017
State art grant (Statens kunstnerstipend), Diversestipend
2016
Norsk Fotografisk Fond, publishing support
Fritt Ord project support
Publishing support, Norwegian Arts Council
Fond for lyd og bilde, project support
2015
Bergen kommune project support
2014
BKV project support
State art grant (statens kunstnerstipend) 2 years working grant for artist photographers
2013
BKV one year working grant
Fritt Ord – 100år! in collaboration with KHiB, 3,14 & Helga Nyman
Fritt Ord – collaboration with Fett magazine
Bergen kommune – KNIPSU 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Norwegian Arts Council – KNIPSU 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Office for Contemporary Art Norway 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014
2012
Bergen kommunes kulturstipend
Kulturkontakt Nord – Langvarig nettverksstøtte til Nordic Art Express 2010 – 2012
Norwgian Arts Council – Flaggfabrikken Presenterer 2008 – 2010
Bergen Kommune – Flaggfabrikken Presenterer 2009 – 2010
2008 Bergen Kommunes utstillingsstøtte
Kulturkontakt Nord –Kortvarig nettverksstøtte til Fatal Nordic Attractions
Kulturkontakt Nord -Mobilitetsstøtte 2008, 2012
2008
Bergen Kommunes prosjektstøtte
2007
Norsk Kulturråd –Utstillingsstøtte til kunstnere i etableringsfasen
2006
Bergen Kommunes Etableringsstipend
Bergen Kommunes Prosjektstøtte 2005, 2006
Sleipnir Travelgrant
Ingrid Lindbäck Langaard Stiftelsen
2005
Norsk Fotografisk Fond
Trafo.no 2002, 2003

Memberships
FFF, BKFH, NBK, UKS

Board / jury member
2017- Vestlandsutstillingen – Chairperson
2017- UKS – Vice board member
2013-2015 BKFH – Member of Nominating committee
2012-2014 Statens kunstnerstipend – Head of jury; Andre kunstnergrupper
2012-2014 Fotogalleriet & Forbundet Frie Fotografer – Member of Nominating committee
2010-2011 Statens kunstnerstipend – Vice jury member; Andre kunstnergrupper
2010-2011 Flaggfabrikken Senter for fotografi og billedkunst – Chairperson
2007-2012 Fotogalleriet & Forbundet Frie Fotogfer – Board Member

Curatorial experience
2018
The Only Way is Up, group show at Varbergs Konsthall, Sweden

2017
Process Manager for a public commission, Varberg, Sweden

Kunsthall Stavanger 2015 – 2017
2017 Coordinator 50%
2016 Interim Director 100%
2015 Curatorial Assistant 50%

2015
Bergen City mentorship program. Mentor: Karin Hindsbo

2010-2014
Founder and manager of the artist-run gallery KNIPSU in collaboration with Hilde Jørgensen (2010-) and Kristin Tårnesvik (2010-2012).

www.knipsu.no

2008-2011
Curator of Flaggfabrikken Presenterer in collaboration with Hilde Jørgensen