New artworks by Maria Pasenau in the gallery


The photographs were shown in the exhibition "Symbiotic Goodbye" at Hardanger Folkemuseum in the autumn of 2022. The exhibition was initiated and curated by artist Lars Korff Lofthus, with the intention of uniting works from Jon Bleie's art collection with a contemporary artist. For the exhibition, Pasenau selected forms and motifs from her own body of work that corresponded with works from the collection. The title of the exhibition referred to various types of personal farewells to her surroundings, such as the Y-block and Akerselva in Oslo.

Maria Pasenau (b.1994, Mjøndalen) holds a degree from the Norwegian School of Photography in Trondheim. She works primarily with photography, installation, performance and sculpture. Pasenau has garnered attention for boundary-breaking exhibitions that thematize taboo topics such as gender, the body and sexuality, where she points to contemporary self-staged media culture. The expression is self-revealing and seemingly unpolished and uncensored. Through her artistic practice, Pasenau highlights multi-voiced expressions of what it means to be young today, where sexuality is closely linked with vulnerability. Pasenau is among the youngest artists to have been acquired by the National Museum in Norway.