Visual artist





Vilde Salhus Røed (b. 1981) is a visual artist living and working in Bergen, Norway. 

I am interested in how visual representation forms our personal and collective understanding of history. In particular, I'm interested in photography’s role as a document - when photography is used and/or communicated in an attempt to understand, to put the world into a system. Photography is a technology that is integrated in our experience with the world. It is often transparent - we are immediately led to look through the surface of the picture to see what the photograph represents. In my artistic practice, I explore the materials, contexts and contents of photography. I rarely take my own pictures, but archive material and reuse have been central to several of my projects.

In addition to my own art practice, I work as an Information Manager at BEK - Bergen Center for Electronic Arts.

Exhibitions include Visningsrommet USF, Lillehammer Art Museum, Kunsthall 3,14, Galleri Norske Grafikere, Galerie Jette Rudolph, Preus Museum, Entrée, Fotogalleriet, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kunsthal Charlottenborg and KODE  - Art Museums and Composer Homes in Bergen.




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2011 - 2012: Philosophy, The University of Oslo
2006 - 2008: MFA, Bergen National Academy of the Arts
2007 spring: Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee (Erasmus guest student)
2005 - 2006: Philosophy of Aesthetics, Art Criticism and Theater Theory, The University of Bergen
2002 - 2005: BFA, Photography Department, Bergen National Academy of the Arts
2001 - 2002: Fatamorgana, The Danish School of Art Photography

2019: Cataract, Visningsrommet USF, Bergen (NO)
2018: k770 - k779, artist book/catalouge, the Fine Art and Design Library, the University of Bergen Library (NO)
2017: Words Images Thoughts Objects, the Fine Art and Design Library, the University of Bergen Library (NO)
2016: After The Masters, Galleri Norske Grafikere, Oslo (NO)
2014: After The Masters, Trykkeriet - Center for contemporary printmaking, Bergen (NO)
2014: For the Sake of Colour, Preus museum, Horten (NO)
2013: For the Sake of Colour, Entrée, Bergen (NO)
2007: If, then, Bergen National Academy of the Arts (NO)

2018: Feriekolonien: Historieboden, Visningsrommet USF (NO)
2016: Sakte Bilder, Lillehammer Art Museum (NO)
2015: Naturally Visible, duo show with Johanna von Monkiewitsch, Galerie Jette Rudolph, Berlin (DE)
2015: For the Sake of Colour, Nordic Light Photo Festival, Kristiansund (NO)
2015: Past Continuous in a Conditional Present, duo show with Magnhild Øen Nordahl, Kunsthall 3,14, Bergen (NO)
2014: Vårutstillingen/The Spring Exhibition 2014, Bodø kunstforening (NO)
2014: Vårutstillingen/The Spring Exhibition 2014, Trondhjems kunstforening (NO)
2014: Vårutstillingen/The Spring Exhibition 2014, Fotogalleriet, Oslo (NO)
2014: Time Place Light Smell, by Curatron, Platform Stockholm (SE)
2012: Photography's day, juried exhibition, Preus museum, Horten (NO)
2012: Prøverommet, at Bergen Ateliergruppe (NO)
2011: Screaming from the Mountain. Landscapes and Viewpoints, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand (NO)
2011: The Spring Exhibition 2011, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (DK)
2010: The Bergen Biennale II: The Next Genereation, The Woodmill, London (UK)
2010: BGO1, Bergen Art Museum (NO)
2010: The Bergen Biennale 2010, Landmark + Entrée (NO)
2010: The Drawing Department presents: Mirroring in black&white April 19th 2010, Borggården USF (NO)
2009: Salon Alvøen, Prosjekt Alvøen (NO)
2009: Summer of Production, c/o Visningsrommet USF, Visningsrommet USF (NO)
2008: A landing in a flight of stairs, Podium, Oslo (NO)
2008: 400meterkunst, Voss (NO)
2008: Sildafabrikken presenterar, Sildafabrikken i Skånevik (NO)
2008: Tomorrow's Parties, graduationshow, Bergen Kunsthall (NO)
2007: Phonogamous, Bergen National Academy of the Arts (NO)
2007: Zeichnung & Zeichen, Galerie Ackerstrasse 18, Berlin (DE)
2007: Tag der Offenen Tür, Kunsthochschule Weissensee, Berlin (DE)
2007: It’s like opening a door, Visningsrommet USF, Bergen (NO)
2006: INDEX – Norwegian Contemporary Photography, XX Galerija, Panevezy (LT)
2005: Spesialisert kunst, Gallery 3,14, Bergen (NO)
2004: It must have been love, Galleri Isotop, Bergen (NO)
2004: See You There, BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen (NO)
2004: IKEA – the many people, Kvarteret, International Days, Bergen (NO)
2003: IKEA – the many people, Galleri Isotop, Bergen (NO)
2003: Mandala, with Verdensteateret, BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen (NO)
2003: Pennor, Galleri Fisk, Bergen (NO)
2002: Fatamorgana's Graduationshow, Møstingshus, København (DK)
2002: Foto X, Fotogalleriet, Lund (SE)
2001: Fatamorgana's Graduationshow, Galleri Krebsen, København (DK)

2018: Ås kommune/Ås Demenssenter, Ås (NO)
2014 - 2015: Uni Rokkan Centre, temporary commission, Bergen (NO)
2014: Preus museum, collection, Horten (NO)
2014: Bergen University College/KORO - Public Art Norway, commission, Bergen (NO)
2014: Trondheim Municipality/Lade Allé 80 nursing homes, commission, Trondheim (NO)
2009: Deloitte, commission, Bergen (NO)

2015: The International Difference, Stiftelsen 3,14, catalogue
2015: RAD #7: Norsk retorikk, artistic contribution in fanzine
2015: Nordic Light 2006 – 2015, Nordic Light International Festival of Photography, catalogue
2015: Entrée Retrospective ’12 ’13 ’14, Gallery Entrée, catalogue
2014: Vårutstillingen / The Spring Exhibition 2014, catalogue, Fotogalleriet
2011: Kunstjournalen B-post - Fortida nå! (Bergen), artistic contribution ->
2010: Gandt 1: The No_Way Issue, Gandt (London/Bergen), artistic contribution
2008: Oversettelser fra verden nær oss, catalogue, comissioned work for Deloitte, Deloitte (Bergen) 2008
2008: Tomorrow's Parties, catalogue, Bergen National Academy of the Arts
2005: Heim Again. Identity, Ideology & Geography: content, ”De Många Människorna” (”The Many People”), Kunsthøgskolen i Bergen, aristic contribution
2002: Norsklæraren. Tidsskrift for språk og litteratur, Nr. 4, 2002, 26. årgang, Landslaget for norskundervisning (LNU), artistic contribution/illustrations

2014 - 2017: Chairwoman, Bildende Kunstneres Forening Hordaland (BKFH)
2014 - 2016: Steering board, Hordaland Art Centre
2013 - 2015: Steering board, Vestlandsutstillingen
2012: Jury member, The 67th North Norwegian Art Exhibition (Nordnorsken)
2011 - 2014: Steering board, BKFH
2010 - 2012: Nomination board, Unge Kunstneres Samfund (UKS)
2010 - 2011: Steering board, Bergen Ateliergruppe
2010 - 2011: Deputy, BKFH
2008 - 2010: Chairwoman, Bergen Ateliergruppe
1999 - 2000: Secretary, Hurum film club

2019, -18, -17, -10: One year working grant, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond
2018: Regional production support, Hordaland/KiN
2017: One year working grant, Bergen Municipality
2018, -17, -14: Project support, Norwegian Arts Council
2017, -15: Project support, The Audio and Visual Fund
2018, -17, -13: Project support, Bergen Municipality
2017, -06: Project support, Hordaland county
2015, -11: International support, OCA
2015: Two years working grant, Norwegian Government Grants for Artists
2014: Kulturstipend/Cultural grant, Bergen Municipality
2014: Diversestipend, Norwegian Goverment Grants for Artists
2014, -10, -06: Project support, International art and culture exchange, Bergen Municipality
2013: Mobility Support, Kulturkontakt Nord
2013: Exhibition grant, Norwegian Photographic Fund
2013, -11: Exhibition grant for establishing artists, Norwegian Arts Council
2012: Two years working grant for young artists, Norwegian Goverment Grants for Artists
2010: Artist in residence at Gandt, The Woodmill, London
2009: Establishing grant, Bergen Municipality
2008: Art Student Grant, Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond
2006: Travel grant, Sleipnir, NIFCA
2001: Grant, Augusta Antoinette Mohrs Legat

2016 - : Information Manager, BEK - Bergen Center for Electronic Arts (November 2016 - )
2017 - 2018: Assistant Professor in Photography (substitute), Department of Fine Art, The Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen (August 2017 - June 2018)
2014 - 2015: Artist in Residence Manager (substitute), USF Verftet / Bergen Municipality (August 2014 - March 2015)
2012: Virkelige og uvirkelige bilder (Real and unreal images), educational project, The Cultural Rucksack Program, Hordaland County
2012: Seminar presentation of The very first image of the true pole (...), Fotografiets dag, Preus Museum, Horten
2012: Seminar presentation of The very first image of the true pole (...), Fikseringer, The National Library Norway
2010: Project manager, B-open 2010. Open artist studios in Bergen
2010: Co-initator, editor and organiser, Dokken Diskuterer: Bergensbiennalen ->
2009: Producer, Object+Verbal, B-open seminar
2008: Co-initiator of Bergen Ateliergruppe
2008: Co-organisor, Looking for Observation (MA graduation seminar), Bryggens Museum, Natural History Museum and Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen
2006 - 2007: Reporter, culture editorial, Studentradioen i Bergen, SRiB

2014: The Artist of The Month: February - Vilde Salhus Røed, VISP
2013: En(to)trée. Vilde Salhus Røed: For the Sake of Colour, Natt & Dag, mai 2013, exhibition feature
2012: Kunstnarar auksjonerar - droppar gallerileddet, Bergens Tidende 14.09.2012, feature of self organised art auction
2011: Content, artist presentation, Kunstforum #3
2011: Se til fortiden for å se til nåtiden, 26.07.2011, review of Screeming from the Mountain. Landscapes and Viewpoints
2010: Profil, artist presentation, Kunstforum #4
2010: Friday/Saturday/Sunday, 26.11.2010, picture review of The Bergen Biennale II: The Next Generation
2010: Woodmill Days, 19.11.2010, picture feature of The Bergen Biennale II: The Next Generation
2010: Ta biennalen og løp, 19.11.2010, feature of The Bergen Biennale II: The Next Generation
2010: Inkluderende produksjonsvilkår, 19.11.2010, interview for B-open 2010
2009: Bader i samtidskunst, Bergen Tidende 21.08.2009, review of Salon Alvøen
2008: Fest med alvorlige undertoner, Bergens Tidende 11.04.2008, review of Tomorrow's Parties

Bildende Kunstneres Forening Hordaland (BKFH), Norske Billedkunstnere (NBK), Unge Kunsteres Samfund (UKS) and Forbundet Frie Fotografer (FFF)