Residencies : ISCP New York City

1 September – 30 November 2016

Anne Szefer Karlsen


Anne Szefer Karlsen (b.1976 in Halden, Norway, lives and works in Bergen, Norway) is a curator, writer and editor. She has conceived of several exhibitions, publications, seminars and lecture series, and her interests are in artistic and curatorial collaborations as well as developing the language that surrounds art productions of today, linguistically, spatially and structurally. Exhibitions curated and publication projects edited by Szefer Karlsen will generally host an international roster of artists and other contributors. She has taken on a number of positions of trust within the Norwegian art context and is increasingly invited to speak on contemporary art at home as well as internationally. She is teaching and lecturing in formal and informal education, and is currently Associate Professor for MA Curatorial Practice at Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2015-2021). She was Director of Hordaland Art Centre in Bergen, Norway (2008-2014).

Szefer Karlsen was curator for The Norwegian Sculpture Biennale 2015 entitled 'Art Belongs to Those Who See it' at the Vigeland Museum in Oslo; curator for Lofoten International Art Festival ­ LIAF 2013 (with Bassam el Baroni and Eva González-Sancho) entitled 'Just what is it that makes today so familiar, so uneasy?' and Associate Curator for Research and Encounters for Biennale Bénin 2012: ­ 'Inventer le monde: l'artiste citoyen' (artistic director: Abdellah Karroum).

Szefer Karlsen's writing has appeared in journals such as Afterall, ­ A journal of Art, Context and Enquiry, Billedkunst, Kunstjournalen B-post,, as well as in anthologies such as Condition Report (ed. Koyo Kouoh, Hatje Cantz, 2013) and Making Biennials in Contemporary Times (eds. Galit Eilat et. al., Biennial Foundation/ICCo ­ Instituto de Cultura Contemporânea, 2015). She is series editor for ŒDublett, a book series featuring artists works through anthologies and artists books (Hordaland Art Centre, 2012-2016). She was co-editor of Self-Organised (with Stine Hebert, Open Editions/Hordaland Art Centre, 2013) and Localisert/Localised (with Arne Skaug Olsen and Morten Kvamme, Ctrl+Z Publishing, 2009).