Curriculum Vitae

Sissel Thastum b. 1987, Denmark

Sissel Thastum is a visual artist working with photography, video and sound. She is currently based in Trondheim, Norway, where she is taking her masters at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art.
Her current work evolves around the notion of kinship, care and belonging between species; sentient and non-sentient beings. Through the mediums of moving images and sound the work explores (re)connection to nature and its sensing language, and how we might be able to learn and exchange through this natural language.

In 2013 She initiated and co-founded the art organisation The Independent AIR, which arranges exhibitions, artist talks, artist residencies, workshops and cultural events in Silkeborg, Denmark and internationally. Between 2014 and 2017 The Independent AIR was collaborating with the Aarhus 2017 Foundation, officially being part of the “Aarhus 2017, European Capital of Culture”. The current focus of work of the organisation is interdisciplinary collaborations within visual art, creative/poetic writing, research and non-profit art organisations addressing global warming and ecological crisis.

Current: International Master of Fine Arts, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Trondheim, Norway 2018-2020

Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honours, Documentary Photography, University of Wales, Newport 2012-2014
FAMU, Film and TV school of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Department of photography, Czech Republic 2011-2012
Fatamorgana, The Danish School of Art and Documentary Photography, Copenhagen, Denmark 2010-2011

2017 Co-editor of the anthology: We can stay here while we wait – Voices in the Anthropocene. Edition of 200, published by The Independent AIR. Edited by Line Thastum, Maya Byskov and Sissel Thastum. With contributions from among others: Timothy Morton, David Abram, Regina José Galindo, Polly Higgins, David Farrier, Peter Wohlleben, Seyyed Hossein Nasr and Slavoj Zizek.

Exhibitions and Screenings
2019 EVA 2019 - the Experimental Video Art Exhibition, Thai-European Friendship. Bangkok art and culture center, TH

 “A Maze of Braided Channels” Gallery KiT, Trondheim, NO

2018 The National Gallery, SMK Fridays, Copenhagen, DK

CPH:DOX, Danish Artist’s Films, Cinemateket, Copenhagen, DK

A &E Collective: “But there is No Land Near The End”, Glasgow, UK

2017 Aarhus European Capital of Culture; We can stay here while we wait – Voices in the Anthropocene. Group exhibition with Bärbel Praun, Olafur Eliasson, Adam Jeppesen, Michele Palazzi and Clément Verger. Aarhus, DK

CAMPUSHuset, Silkeborg; We can stay here while we wait – Voices in the Anthropocene. Group exhibition with Bärbel Praun, Olafur Eliasson, Adam Jeppesen, Michele Palazzi and Clément Verger. Silkeborg, DK

2015 Aarhus Photo Book Week, Aarhus, DK
The Independent AIR 15, Artists in Residence 2015/ Herning Library, DK
The Independent AIR 15, Artists in Residence 2015/ Silkeborg Library, DK

2014 PHOTOVISA. Krasnardor, RU
Pingyao International Photography Festival. Pingyao, CN
Aarhus Independent Pixels. Aarhus, DK
Ffotogallery; Wish You Were Here  “At Home he is a Turist”. Cardiff, UK
The Old Bank, Butetown; “Money and Communities”. Cardiff, UK
University of Wales, Newport Graduation Exhibition. Cardiff, UK
The Independent AIR 14, Artists in Residence. Silkeborg, DK

2013 FotoFilmic13. Vancouver, CA
The Independent AIR 13, Artists in Residence. Silkeborg, DK

2012 Gallery Kavarna Lucerna; “The spirit of Prague”. Prague, CZ
Barouque fortress Terezín. Beroun, CZ
Gallery Vlese. Prague CZ

2011 Fatamorgana Graduation Exhibition. Copenhagen, DK
Copenhagen Photo Festival. Copenhagen, DK
Kulturspinderiet; “The Silkeborg Exhibition”. Silkeborg, DK
Copenhagen Art Fair. Copenhagen, DK

Lectures, talks & reviews
Portfolio reviewer, Encontros da Imagen, Braga 2016
Guest Lecture, Danish Photographic Society, Copenhagen 2016
Portfolio reviewer, Voies Off, Arles 2015

Features & interviews
Beyond magazine Issue 2 2018
001 Magazine
European Prospects
Landscape stories
Der Greif
Phases Magazine
Die Nacht
F-stop Magazine
Source Magazine

Personal Grants & project funding
2018 Danish/Faroese foundation; project funding
2017 Danish film directors grant; project funding
2015 Danish Arts Foundation, website production
2014 Reginald Salisbury Travel Award
2012/13 Marie Langhoff's Artist grant
2012 Danish Photographic Society grant
2012 Anna & Jens Grum’s grant

The Independent AIR Grants & project funding
2014 – 2017 Aarhus 2017, European Capital of Culture Foundation
2017 Danish Arts Foundation, Production grant
Aarhus Cultural Development grant, production grant
Poul Johansen Foundation, project funding
2016 Danish Arts Foundation, research trip
2015 Danish Arts Foundation, research trip
2013 Silkeborg Municipality, project funding

Awards & Nominations
2016 Magnum Graduate Photographers Award, short-listed
2014 Source Magazine graduate selection by David Drake

2019 Surnadal Billag, Norway
2016/17 Images in the Anthropocene, Moinho da Fonte Santa/The Independent AIR, Redondo, Portugal
2015 Artist in Residency, TÆKKER AIR Berlin