HANNE HAMMER STIEN
Hanne Hammer Stien is an art historian who works as a freelance curator and writer in Tromsø, northern Norway. Stien will curate a programme at AMIFF 2016 that includes a retrospective programme of films by Norwegian artist Knut Åsdam and a site specific outdoor installation by Georgia Munnik, a young artist living in Northern Norway, originally from South Africa. The curatorial project focuses on urban life in the Arctic, and it asks questions of how architecture in the Arctic relates to language and power. There will be a panel discussion on this theme during the festival.
About Hanne Hammer Stien
Both living in, and originating from Northern Norway, plays a pivotal role in Stien's work as a curator and writer. She is keen to question the romantic ideas of the nature and the people who live here, and she is interested in art's ability to commute between the subjective- and collective memory, and how art helps to create identity. Relations between past and present is often the fulcrum of Stiens curatorial projects that both addresses contemporary and historical art.
Hanne Hammer Stien graduated as an art historian from UiT The Arctic University of Norway (2004). She lives in Tromsø and works as a freelance curator and writer. Stien lectures in theory in the MA programme at the Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing in Tromsø, and is acting Manager of the Polar Museum (July 2016 to July 2017). Stien edited the anthology Vit at jeg elsker deg – Om kunst og sted (Know that I love you: About art and place), which was published by Orkana Forlag in 2015. This book is based on a seminar held during HFT 2013 – the National Arts Festival in Hammerfest, curated by the Hammerfest Art Society / the Norwegian Association of Art Societies.
Stien is currently working on a large-scale art project organized by Public Art Norway (KORO) involving a new building at UiT The Arctic University of Norway (MH2), she is employed by the Municipality of Hammerfest as curator in connection with the relocation and reactivation of Inger Sitter’s Kompoisjon i gult, she is curator of Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival 2016 (Harstad) and she is curating an art project for the Municipality of Tromsø municipality that will take place in the city’s outdoor area in 2017. Stien is on the Board of Stiftelsen Kunstkritikk and the North Norwegian Art Centre (NNKS) and is a member of the Artistic Advisory Board of the Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF). Stien also worked for several years as a regular critic for Billedkunst. She has previously worked at Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø University College, the Museum of Reconstruction for Finnmark and Northern Troms and Tromsø University Museum, UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Stien is member of Norwegian critics` association.
Stien's curatorial project at AMIFF 2016
In connection with Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival, Hanne Hammer Stien will curate a new outdoor video installation by Georgia Munnik and a retrospective video programme by Knut Åsdam. Åsdam is a Norwegian artist who works with film, video, photography, text, sound and architecture. Life in today's urban society is a recurring theme in his art. Munnik is a South African artist living in Norway. She works with the theme of language and power. The curatorial project as a whole focuses on urban life in the Arctic, and it asks questions of how architecture in the Arctic relates to language and power. There will be a panel discussion on this theme during the festival.