brafield, soso

Living sculptures, community installations, socially engaged art

Artist statement

-- Åpent atelier lør 21.sept 2024, kl 12-17 --

Gathering is the overarching theme in her practice. From the physicality of making gathering spaces to the ephemeral nature of gathering people. Gathering is so important in today's world, a primal force that nurtures a sense of belonging and community, of togetherness and unity. brafield´s practice bends the conventional notion of art production and places emphasis on the nurturing of culture and community. The departure point is the locality and challenging established norms. Researching human relations, forms of everyday interaction in society and the realities that often go unnoticed. Her work provides a space for the overlooked to be seen and responds to the environment in alternative schools, living sculptures and community installations. brafield often works performatively with voice and text. Encouraging the audience through participation to reflect upon society, the interactions and processes through which the individual and the whole are shaping and being shaped.

brafield is the co-founder of aerial, an artist-run space in Bergen. She has recently exhibited and hosted projects at Momemtum12 (Moss), Vestlandsutstillingen, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen Assembly, Latitute28 (New Delhi), The Royal Standard (Liverpool) and Vulpes Vulpes (London). She was a member of The National Jury for Høstutstilling 2022-2023 and is currently a board member of UKS (Unge Kunstneres Samfund/Young Artists Society).

aerial, c.sundts gate 38
5004 bergen



Recent, ongoing, upcoming projects
Ongoing - Form.Class, Bergen
Ongoing - aerial, Bergen
Ongoing - SHY CHOIR?
2025 - SMALL PROJECTS, Trømso
2024 - The School of Questions, collaboration with Adania Shibli and Bergen Architecture School for Bergen Assembly 2025
2023 - Kitchen Garden, Festspillkollektivet, BKH, Bergen Fengsel
2023 - Momentum12: Together As To Gather, F15, Moss
2018 - TASC Studio Kitchen, Hordaland Kunstsenter*
2017 - The Greenhouse Project, Bergen
2015 - Freethought invites… On Radical Hospitality, Bergen Assembly*

Selected Solo/ Duo Exhibitions
2018 - Two parts of the same, Heimdal Kunstforening*
2018 - On the contrary, Tag Team, Bergen
2018 - The work, Norden til bergen, B-Open*
2017 - Now that I have been here a while, USF
2015 - A permanent state of becoming, Archipelago, HKS
2015 - I am just waiting (elasticity of time), Imagining Commons, Volt*
2015 - ROOMARTSpace, London*
2014 - Plants are here to please you, City Hall
2012 - 3300m, with Lona Hansen, MA Weekend, HKS
2012 - Aurora, Collect, The Saatchi Gallery, London
2012 - Intertwined, The Thrane Gard Gallery, Stavanger
2011 - Brief Encounter, The National center of Craft and Design

Selected group Exhibitions
2022 - Monument. Vestlandsutstillingen
2017 - G/rove, Latitude 28, New Delhi*
2015 - I know, right?, which is a way of saying: a word was removed, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo*
2015 - Dare to speak, Clam Jam, The Royal Standard, Liverpool*
2015 - Thank you jesus for giving us this holiday, Bergen
2014 - How do we talk about, Occasions Festival, Newcastle
2014 - I´ve been told to come here, The Master Exhibition, Bergen Kunsthall
2014 - Can you taste it? Vulpes Vulpes, London*
2013 - After School Special, Bergen Kunsthall
2010 - Pathways, The Merz Barn, Elterwater

Selected residencies
2023 - LungA School, Iceland
2023 - Hektor, Lanzarote
2021 - The Arctic Hideaway
2020 - Hjemmefra residency, The Union
2015 - Your friend is invited to, Halka Arts, Istanbul*

2024 - show up
2022 - Toolbox on How to Create Communities in Times of Uncertainty
2019 - Collective Whisper, speakerspeaker
2016 - Juggler, Page 2
2016 - Numer Magazine, 4 spørsmål av Sturla Heggdalsvik
2012 - Hand Stitch Perspectives
2010 - Blueprint Architecture and Design Magazine, Degree Shows, pg 39

Seminars/ Presentations
2024 - Kringkastninger, Høstutstillingen, Oslo
2023 - Agenda, Kunstnernes Hus
2016 - Infrastructure Summit, Freethought, Bergen Assembly, USF, Bergen*
2016 - In search of ‘we’, workshop with KHiB MA Curating, Bergen*
2016 - I quite like bouncing, B-Open, Landmark, Bergen*
2015 - Open forum, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo*

Grants and prizes
2024 - Profesjonelle kunst- og kulturtiltak - Visuell kunst, Bergen Kommune
2023 - Ettårig stipend, Bildende Kunstneres Vederlagsfond, NBK
2023 - Prosjektstøtte, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, NBK
2022 - Vestlandsutstillingen prize
2022 - Prosjektstøtte visuell kunst, Kulturrådet
2022 - Ettårig stipend, Bildende Kunstneres Vederlagsfond, NBK
2021 - Arbeidsstipend, Bergen Kommune
2021 - Ettårig stipend, Bildende Kunstneres Vederlagsfond, NBK
2021 - Kunstnerstipend, Vestlands fylkeskommune
2021 - Prosjektstøtte, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, NBK
2020 - Prosjektstøtte visuell kunst, Kulturrådet
2020 - Profesjonelle kunst- og kulturtiltak - Visuell kunst, Bergen Kommune
2018 - Profesjonelle kunst- og kulturtiltak - Visuell kunst, Bergen Kommune*
2017 - Profesjonelle kunst- og kulturtiltak - Visuell kunst, Bergen Kommune
2017 - International support fund, OCA*
2017 - Internasjonal kunst- og kulturutveksling, Bergen Kommune*
2016 - Internasjonal kunst- og kulturutveksling, Bergen Kommune*
2015 - Etablererstipend, Bergen Kommune
2015 - Prosjektstøtte, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, NBK
2015 - Ettårig stipend, Bildende Kunstneres Vederlagsfond, NBK
2014 - Stipend, Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond, Norway
2014 - Diversestipend for nyutdannede kunstnere, Kulturrådet

Board positions
Current - Board member, UKS
2021 - 2022 Deputy board leader, Hordaland Kunstsenter
2020 - 2021 Nomination Committee (vara), UKS
2019 - 2021 Board leader, Hordaland Kunstsenter
2018 - 2020 Nomination Committee, UKS

Kitchen Garden (greenhouse), Bergen Fengsel
Form.Class, ongoing
aerial, ongoing
On the contrary, TAGTEAM