Maya Økland (b.1980 in Bergen, Norway) is an artist photographer and a curator.
She holds an MFA in photography from the Bergen National College of Arts in 2005, and has
participated in several art exhibitions such as New Nordic Photography at Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg in 2006, and UTOPIA at Kreuzberg Pavillion in Berlin 2015. In 2010 she co-
founded the artist run gallery KNIPSU in Bergen together with Hilde Jørgensen. In 2016 Økland
was the Interim Director of Kunsthall Stavanger. Her first photo book Stranger in Motherland was published by Teknisk Industri in 2017. Lives and works in Oslo, Norway.

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

Contact: maya.okland(at)gmail.com



2015 Bergen City mentorship program. Mentor: Karin Hindsbo
2003-2005 MA Photography, Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway
Spring 2004 Exchange student at Cleveland Institute of Art, OH, USA
Fall 2002 Exchange student at Konstfack University College of Arts Crafts and
Design, Stockholm, Sweden
2000-2003 BA Photography, Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway
1999-2000 Assistant to photographer Arne Persson at the Varberg Museum, Sweden
1996-1999 Media Program, Almers Gymnasium, Varberg, Sweden

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

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

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

2011 Blackout, Galleria Huuto, Helsinki
2011 Stories, in Between, Gallery 3,14, Bergen
2011 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

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

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

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

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

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

2002 Bar + drop in video/dvd, Konstfack, Stockholm
2002 Overtüres Überwasser, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
2002 Vann, Galleri Fisk, Bergen
2002 Prøverommet, Teatergarasjen, Bergen
2002 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
2013 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

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

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


Board / jury
2017- Vestlandsutstillingen – Chairperson
2017- UKS – Vice board member
2013-2015 BKFH nominasjonskomiteen
2012-2014 Statens kunstnerstipend – Leder for stipendkomiteen for Andre kunstnergrupper
2012-2014 Fotogalleriet & Forbundet Frie Fotografer – valgkomiteen
2007-2012 Fotogalleriet & Forbundet Frie Fotogfer – board member
2010-2011 Statens kunstnerstipend – Varamedlem i juryen for Andre kunstgrupper
2010-2011 Flaggfabrikken Senter for fotografi og billedkunst – styreleder

Curatorial experience
Coordinator 50% at Kunsthall Stavanger
Freelance process manager for Art Made This by Varbergs kommun

Interim Director at Kunsthall Stavanger
Exhibitions; Curated by Maya Økland; The Only Way is Up, group show with artists Katy Grannan, Vanessa Baird, Otto Karvonen, Linda Karin Larsen, Jorunn Myklebust Syversen, Kristin Tårnes, Irene Nordli, Maiju Salmenkivi, Tarald Wassvik and Jared Theis. Program 2016 by Hanne Mugaas; Judith Bernstein, Mark van Yetter, Sascha Braunig, Frode Felipe Schjelderup, Morten Norbye Halvorsen, Jessica Warboys

Curatorial assistant 50% for Hanne Mugaas at Kunsthall Stavanger
Exhibitions; Inger Bruun, Takeshi Murata, Olaf Breuning, x4; Lene B. Ørmen, Magnhild Øen Nordahl, Mari Kolbeinsson & Tora Dalseng, Facts, Stories and Anecdotes – Stavanger Kunstforening 150 years, anniversary show

Founder and manager of the artist-run gallery KNIPSU in collaboration with Hilde Jørgensen


May 28 – 31 The Syrian Cultural Caravan in Bergen (public space), Discussions and concert at Landmark / Bergen Kunsthall

December Fett No. 4, Texts and presentation in feminist magazine. Magazine launch with Lebanese theatre company Zoukak

December Magazine launch and collaboration with Petr Pavlensksy & Oksana Shalygina. The magazine Political Propaganda was released. Performance by Siri Borgé.

October Travel to Beirut and Istanbul together with Hilde Jørgensen and Wiam Alaridi to do research for an upcoming exhibition and art event.

100år! I have initiated a collaboration to celebrate Stemmerettsjubileet – the 100 years anniversary for womens right to vote in Norway. The collaboration is between Bergen Art Academy, Gallery 3,14, Helga Nyman and KNIPSU and consists of events throughout the year. We also run the website www.hundreaar.no

Program 100år!:

March 8th Textfukkers – exhibition at KNIPSU

April 9th Power to Change! Seminar at the Bergen public library. Participants: Helga Nyman, Joanna Rytel, Steven Dixon, Afrah Nasser, Gulabi Gang and Arne Skaug Olsen

April 10th Guerrilla Girls. Performance lecture at Landmark / Bergen Kunsthall

April 11th A workshop with the Guerrilla Girls and students from the Art Academy. Also artists Joanna Rytel, Arne Skaug Olsen and Gitte Sætre.

May 22nd Power to Change – group show at KNIPSU with art students and artists Joanna Rytel, Arne Skaug Olsen and Gitte Sætre.

September 9th Betrayed – performance event on National election day in Norway. Participants: Petr Pavlensky, Föreningen JA!, Kwestan Jamal, Annika Ström, Ekaterina Sharova, Tanja Thorjussen, Sound of Sotra, Frans Jacobi, Mom&Jerry, art students and Russian video art. Texts by Synnøve G Wetten, Olga Jitlina, Wiam Alaridi, and HS Pettersen

November 16th Seminar at Gallery 3,14 about power relations and access with Karin Hindsbo, Nora Nerdrum, Hilde Herming, Knut Josøk, Dag Solhjell, Annette Kierulf and Sigrun Åsebø

2008 – 2010
Curator of Flaggfabrikken Presenterer with the series Fatal Nordic Attractions, One-Night Stands, and Nordic Art Express in collaboration with Hilde Jørgensen 2008 – 2010

Spring: Nordic Art Express video screening in the Baltic
With Mattias Härenstam (SE), Johanna Lecklin (FIN), Goodiepal (DK/FO), Jorunn Myklebust Syversen (NO), Björk Viggósdóttir (IS), Joanna Rytel (SE), Nina Lassila (FIN), Sigurdur Gudjonsson (IS), Kim Groustra (NO)
05.01- Blackout Helsinki – Curated by Juhana Moisander and Minna Suoniemi
With Flaggfabrikken members Hilde Jørgensen, Maya Økland, Kristin Tårnesvik and Heidi Nikolaisen
22.10-14.11 Return of the Light and its Unbearable Brightness at KNIPSU, Bergen
With Maiju Salmenkivi (FIN), Ingrid Askeland (NO), Doris Frohnapfel (DE), Heidi Mortenson (DK)
29.09 Flaggfabrikken Presenterer 5 år with Goodiepal (DK/FO)
17.09-10.10 Blackout at KNIPSU, Bergen
With Finnish artists Heta Kuchka, Kasper Muttonen, Inka Nieminen, Aleksi Tolonen, Jaakko Rustanius, Minna Suoniemi, Juhana Moisander, Kimmo Kumela and Sari Palosaari
07.05-17.05 Return of the Light and its Unbearable Brightness – Workshop and one-night-art-event in Ilulissat Greenland
With Maiju Salmenkivi (FIN), Ingrid Askeland (NO), Doris Frohnapfel (DE), Heidi Mortenson (DK)

10-11.12.09 Why are artists poor? Seminar w/ Hans Abbing (NL), REKO (SWE), Eivind Slettemeås (NO), Dag Solhjell (NO), Isabel Reiß (S), Catherine Hug (A) in collaboration with BKFH
03.10.09 Part Art Part(y) Festival, Planningtorock (DE), FM Belfast (IS), Monica Winther(NO), Nils Bech(NO), Pitchtuner(DE) and Heidi Mortenson (DK) in collaboration with Ira Ira
03.09.09 All the possibilities, performance by Tori Wrånes (NO)

07.05.09 Faded Love Songs, videoperformance by Aurora Emilie Sandlilje (NO)
02.04.09 HOLY WATER, Flaggfabrikken´s artist-in-residency Susanna Majuri and live concert by Lau Nau (FIN)
05.03.09 Identity in the Making, Greenlandic filmmaker Laila Hansen´s film Inuk City Woman Blues and live concert by The Ghost from Faroe Islands
04.12.08 You Can Take the Artist Out of Iceland but You Can´t Take Iceland Out of the Artist, Icelandic video art screening curated by the Icelandic Love Corporation and live concert by FM Belfast (IS)
14.11.08 PLACED, booklaunch Verena Winkelmann (NO)
06.11.08 Helsinki Special, art talk by researcher Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger and independent curator Aura Seikkula about Finnish photography (FIN)
02.10.08 Copenhagen Do It Yourself, fanzine stand by Telefon Til Chefen and
street art by Gadegalleiret.dk (DK)
11.09.08 The Swedish Rose, performance by Joanna Rytel (SWE)

Relevant activities
2010 – 2011 Shaping Time – Norwegian coordinator for a series of workshops, presentations, website and a publication in collaboration with the National Filmschool in Lodz, Poland www.shapingtime.eu
2010 Den kulturelle skolesekken – Samtidskunst og maskeringstape (vikar)
2010 Self presentation Oslo Fotokunstskole
2009 – present Freelance photographer for DIAKRIT

I also dj and book concerts for the nightclub concept and creative collective called Return of the Pony / a.k.a. Mabel Tobine together with graphic designer Åsta Lindemann.