Visual artist





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

I am interested in how visual representation shapes our personal and collective perception of history, as well as our position(s) in the world today. In my art projects I am not faithful to any specific mediums of expression, however, I often question photographic concerns, and explore the materials, the contexts, and the contents of, photography. A photograph is both a representation of something, and an object with materiality in itself; a duality I find intriguing to probe. I seldom take photographs myself, rather, archive and the reuse of material has been essential to several of my works.

My most recent project was the audio guide Word Images Thoughts Objects (2017), where I explored the library as a place where words, images, thoughts and objects meet. Amongst other, I looked at the book as an object with physical traces of its history, and found that decisions taken in the library can be seen as political. In the extension of this project, I am currently working on a book were I investigate photographs that document artworks, and that end up in books in the library and/or circulate as JPEGs on the Internet.




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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: Visningsrommet USF, Bergen (NO)
2018 (Sept/Oct): k770-779, 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

2018, -17, -10: Working grant, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond
2017: Working grant, Bergen Municipality
2017, -14: Project support, Norwegian Arts Council
2017, -15: Project support, The Audio and Visual Fund
2017, -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)