ALFAFEMAIL (2020) 
Painting and photo by Maria Pasenau. 
Commissioned for the fourth edition in 2020.
Photo: Jan Khür
ALFAFEMAIL (2020) Painting and photo by Maria Pasenau. Commissioned for the fourth edition in 2020. Photo: Jan Khür


Maria Pasenau

Born in Mjøndalen in 1994. Lives and works in Odda and Oslo.

Maria Pasenau is a contemporary artist who works with photography, installation, and film.

SOSIAL MEDIA & FEEL SAFE (MIND MAP OF COMPLICATED MIND DITCHES) (oil on canvas, 2020) 
By Maria Pasenau, commissioned for the fourth edition 2020. 
Photo: Jan Khür
SOSIAL MEDIA & FEEL SAFE (MIND MAP OF COMPLICATED MIND DITCHES) (oil on canvas, 2020)
By Maria Pasenau, commissioned for the fourth edition 2020.
Photo: Jan Khür

Carrot spredding here legs (photo, 2020)
Carrot spredding here legs (photo, 2020)

In 2018 Pasenau published her first photo book Whit Kind Regrets Pasenau. In 2019 in connection with her exhibition at Fotogalleriet, she published her second photo book Pasenau and the Devil, and in 2020 her third book THE HOPLESNESS OF BEEING ALIVE. She is one of the youngest artists to have had work acquired by the Norwegian National Museum for their permanent collection.
3D cut wood sculpture of, and by Maria Pasenau, created for her threefold solo show Pasenau and the Devil, at Fotogalleriet. Pasenaus first solo presentation consisted of an immersive multimedia installation of photography, sculptures and a nomadic video work and the publication Pasenau and the Devil. Photo by Julie Hrncirova
3D cut wood sculpture of, and by Maria Pasenau, created for her threefold solo show Pasenau and the Devil, at Fotogalleriet. Pasenaus first solo presentation consisted of an immersive multimedia installation of photography, sculptures and a nomadic video work and the publication Pasenau and the Devil. Photo by Julie Hrncirova.

For Coast Contemporary, Pasenau presented a series of new photography and paintings developed for the fourth edition.
EVOLUTION - women and elephant (detail) (2020) Photo: Jan Khür
EVOLUTION – women and elephant (detail)(2020) Photo: Jan Khür

EVOLUTION - women and elephant (detail) (2020) Photo: Jan Khür
EVOLUTION – women and elephant (detail) (2020) Photo: Jan Khür

EVOLUTION - women and elephant (2020) Photo: Jan Khür
EVOLUTION – women and elephant (2020) Photo: Jan Khür


EVOLUTION - the biggest alfa woman (detail) (2020) Photo: Jan Khür
EVOLUTION – the biggest alfa woman (detail) (2020) Photo: Jan Khür

Pasenau studied at the Norwegian School of Photography in Trondheim. Some of her recent solo exhibitions include Whit Kind Regrets Pasenau (2018, Makeriet, Malmø, Sweden), My Name is End, Bitter End (2018, K4 Gallery, Oslo) and Pasenau and the Devil (2019, Fotogalleriet, Oslo).
Self-Portrait by Maria Pasenau
Self-Portrait by Maria Pasenau

She has been part of numerous group exhibitions such as Early Works (2017, curated by Elise By Olsen, New Galerie, Paris, France), The Hoodies (2017, curated by Charlie Roberts, Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kristiansand), Faithless Pictures (2018, curated by Andrea Kroksnes, Norwegian National Museum, Oslo), Pinkcube (2018, curated by Anja Carr, Tenthaus, Oslo) and Sub (2018, curated by Bjørn Hatterud, Akerhus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm).

Additionally, Maria Pasenau appeared in Bjarne Melgaard’s digital exhibition Life Killed My Chihuahua on the Instagram account of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (2018, curated by Elise By Olsen and Julia Peyton-Jones).