Marie Nerland is an artist and curator based in Bergen, Norway. She has studied political science, comparative literature, and holds a master degree in theatre studies from the University of Bergen and a MA-level degree in curatorial practice from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design.

In 2008 she founded Volt, a long-term curatorial initiative that commissions and presents new projects by contemporary artists. Past projects have taken the form of exhibitions, time-based media, performances, discursive projects and sound art.

Since 1999 she has been working as an artist in different collaborative performance-based projects. Upcoming projects are at Lydgalleriet (2022), Oppland kunstsenter (2022) and Paviljong Våtmark at Østensjøvannet in Oslo (2022). Her last projects have been presented at P////AKT, Amsterdam (2019), Small Projects, Tromsø (2019), Hordaland Kunstsenter (2018) and Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall (2017).

Previous projects have been presented at Stiftelsen 3,14; Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall; Lydgalleriet; Hordaland kunstsenter; BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen; Black Box Teater & UKS, Oslo; TOU Scene, Stavanger; Teaterhuset Avantgarden, Trondheim; Atelier Concorde, Lisbon; Kino Šiška, Ljubljana; Škuc Gallery/Mladi Levi, Ljubljana; the artgenda biennale 2002, Hamburg; the Centre for Performance Research, Wales; the festival Performa/Platforma, Maribor, Slovenia and several self-organized projects at diverse locations in Lisbon, Berlin and Bergen.

She is the editor of The Imaginary Reader (Volt, 2016), the anthology 25 (BIT Teatergarasjen, 2010) and Ferdsskriveren (BIT Teatergarasjen, 2003), co-editor of the Norwegian Art Yearbook (Pax Forlag, 2010-2013) and 3t, a Norwegian journal of contemporary performing arts (1997-2007).

phone: +4791111309
Post address: Krohnengsgaten 13 N-5031 Bergen

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The Norwegian Visual Artists Association (NBK)
Young Artists' Society (UKS)
Bildende Kunstneres Forening Hordaland (BKFH)
The Norwegian Association of Curators
The International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT)
Performance Studies international (PSi)

Lydgalleriet, a new project i collaboration with Mari Kvien Brunvoll and Nayara Leite
Paviljong Flatdal, Telemark, in collaboration with Andrea Bakketun, Espen Sommer Eide, Geir Tore Holm, Øyvind Novak Jenssen, Søssa Jørgensen, Signe Lidén, Randi Nygård, Karoline Sætre and Ånond Versto.

Studio residency at BEK
Oppland kunstsenter, a new project in collaboration with Icaro Zorbar
Paviljong Våtmark, Østensjø in Oslo, in collaboration with Andrea Bakketun, Espen Sommer Eide, Geir Tore Holm, Øyvind Novak Jenssen, Søssa Jørgensen, Signe Lidén, Marie Nerland, Randi Nygård and Karoline Sætre.

Residency Lademoen kunstnerverksteder
Residency ISCP, NYC with Office for Contemporary Art OCA Norways three months residency for curators
Curator of All that goes before forget, Daisuke Kosugi, Bergen, Volt
Curator of Goliat, Draugen & Maria, Liv Bugge, Bergen, Volt

Coast Contemporary, invited participant, Hovedøya, Oslo
Curator of Island studio, Andreas Siqueland, Hjertøya, Molde, Volt
Oslo Open, part of visitor programme for curators, cancelled due to the corona situation
Residency ISCP, NYC with OCA, postponed till 2021 due to the corona situation
Visiting Meta-Morf Biennial opening days, Trondheim

Performance Signpost Tromsø with Nickel van Dujivenboden at Small projects, Tromsø.
Performance Echolocations with Nickel van Dujivenboden at P///AAKT, Amsterdam

Curator of Help the Dead, Every Ocean Hughes, Bergen, Volt
Curator of Memorial: The right to work, Nora Joung, Ytre-Arna, Volt
Curator of The Image of Power - A Bergen Parade, Erick Beltrán, Bergen, Volt
Curator of Chalk Outlines, Rabih Mroué, Bergen, Volt
& workshop, talks, lectures and lecture performance by Erick Beltrán, T.J. Demos, Rabih Mroué, Alexandra Pirici, Bergen, Volt
Radical Land Preservation Pavillion a 3-day workshop in collaboration with Signe Lidén, Oslo, DOKK & Volt

Following Elizabeth Groz, spring semester course, Duke University, Durham, US
IKT International association of curators of contemporary art, 3 day - congress Miami, US
Visiting Black Mountain Collage, North Carolina
Visiting LIAF, opening days, Svolvær

Performance Signpost with Nickel van Dujivenboden at Hordaland kunstsenter, Bergen

Curator Mareograf, Cecilia Jonsson, Bergen, Volt
Curator An Alert Rabbit Breathing Purified Air, Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, USF Visningsrommet, Bergen, Volt
Curator The Silent Character, Janne Kruse, Bergen, Volt
& lectures and talks by Barbara Casavecchia, Espen Sommer Eide, Pascal Gielen, Gediminas og Nomeda Urbonas

Lecture performance, Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall

Curator Untitled (a walk), Bernardo Ortiz, Bergen, Volt
& lectures and lecture performance by Rudi Laermans, Nina Möntmann, Bernardo Ortiz, Stevphen Shukaitis

Oslo Open, part of visitor programme for curators
Vistiting Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, opening days, New Orleans
Visiting Documenta, Kassel opening days and Munster Skulpturprojecte, Munster, opening days, Munster

Board member
2018 - Chair of the board of The Norwegian Art Yearbook
2014-2018 The Norwegian Art Yearbook
2016-2018 The Norwegian Association of Curators

2021 Travel grant, Scandinavian-Japan Sasakawa Foundation Norge
2020 Culture grant, City of Bergen
2019 Grant from USF Visningsrommet
2017 One year work grant, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond
2015 Mobility grant, Kulturkontakt Nord
2013 One year work grant for artists, City of Bergen
2009 Artist grant, City of Bergen
2008 Mobility grant, Kulturkontakt Nord
2007 Travel grant, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD)
2006 One year work grant, Statens Kunstnerstipend
2003 Establishing grant for young artists, City of Bergen

2021 Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim
2021 ISCP New York, OCA (postponed from 2020)
2015 Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale
2015 Vilnius, Arts Printing House
2013 AIR Bergen-Berlin
2011 OCA Berlin Mitte
2007 TAOH residency at TOU Scene, Stavanger

2017 Jury Sørlandsutstillingen 2017 with Pelle Brage and Anne Marthe Dyvi
2016 Jury Sørlandsutstillingen 2016 with Pelle Brage and Anne Marthe Dyvi
2015 Jury BKH-grants for students, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, MA and BA-level
2014 Jury Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale
2013 Jury Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale

2008-2010 MA-level in Creative Curating, Bergen Academy of Art and Design
2006 Mobile Academy, Warsaw
2001 Cand Philol (MA) Theatre studies, University of Bergen
1999, spring semester Electronic art, theatre and performance studies, Stony Brook, State University of New York (Exchange student)
1996-97 Theatre studies, University of Antwerp (Erasmus student)
1993-95 Cand Mag (BA), Litterature studies,Theatre studies, University of Bergen
1992-93 Political Science, Molde University College


Lydgalleriet 2023

2021 - In Performances

Paviljong Våtmark 2022

2021 - In Performances

Curatorial Work

VOLT (2008- )

2019 - In Curatorial Work

Imagining Commons

2015 - In Curatorial Work


The Imaginary Reader

2016 - In Publications

The Norwegian Art Yearbook 2013

2013 - In Publications

The Norwegian Art Yearbook 2012

2012 - In Publications

Lectures, Writing & more

Studio Residency at BEK

2022 - In Lectures, Writing & more

With Icaro Zorbar, Harpefoss kunstarena 2022

2021 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Residency Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder 2021

2020 - In Lectures, Writing & more