Seeing is Turning

For Rugged, weathered, above the sea, Marthe Ramm Fortun creates a performance triptych that unfolds during the journey on the Hurtigruten. Involving site-specific paintings, daily ephemeral actions in different locations on the boat, and a pamphlet handed out to the public, Seeing is Turning seeks to challenge the gendered assumptions associated with the depiction of the Norwegian landscape. Channeling the ghosts of tapestry artist Frida Hansen and landscape painter Kitty Kielland, Fortun offers an alternative, more personal and unambiguously feminist account of the Norwegian wilderness.

Marthe Ramm Fortun (b. 1978) lives and works in Oslo. She is a current resident at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and teaches at the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo. Fortun creates site-specific performances based on improvisation. She studied at New York University as well as Camberwell College of Arts (London) and Central St. Martins College of Art and Design (London) and has shown her work in a broad variety of contexts and institutions in Norway and abroad, including the Munch Museum in Oslo, Stavanger Kunstmuseum, KW Institute of Contemporary Art in Berlin, BOZAR Brussels, Performa 13 and MoMA PS1 in New York, as well as Gladstone Gallery in Brussels.