Sissel Thastum (b. 1987, DK) is a graduate of Fatamorgana, The Danish School of Art and Documentary Photography in Copenhagen and holds a First Class Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Documentary Photography from University of Wales, Newport.

She is the director and co-founder of the non-profit art organisation The Independent AIR, which organises artist residencies, workshops, artist talks, symposiums in Denmark and internationally.

She continuously work on her own photographic projects, and have been exhibiting internationally since 2011. In 2013 she received the Reginald Salisbury Travel Award toward the making of the work I am here when you are here. In 2012/13 she received Marie Langhoff's Artist grant, Danish Photographic Society grant as well as Anna & Jens Grum’s grant towards her artistic studies.


Human Ecology // Images in the Anthropocene, The Independent AIR, Aarhus European Capital of Culture, August 2017
Human Ecology // Images in the Anthropocene, The Independent AIR, CAMPUS, Silkeborg, Denmark

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

PHOTOVISA, Krasnardor, Russia,
Pingyao International Photography Festival, China,
Aarhus Independent Pixels, Aarhus, Denmark
Ffotogallery, Wish You Were Here  “At Home he is a Turist”, Cardiff, Wales
Money and Communities, Butetown, Cardiff, Wales
University of Wales, Newport Graduation Exhibition, Cardiff, Wales
The Independent AIR 14, Artists in Residence, Silkeborg, Denmark

FotoFilmic13, Vancouver, Canada
The Independent AIR 13, Artists in Residence, Silkeborg, Denmark

The spirit of Prague, Gallery Kavarna Lucerna, Praha, Czech Republic
Barouque fortress Terezín, Beroun, Gallery Vlese, Praha, Czech Republic

Fatamorgana Graduation Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen Photo Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Silkeborg Exhibition, Kulturspinderiet, Silkeborg, Denmark
Copenhagen Art Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark

Features & interviews
European Prospects
Der Greif
Phases Magazine
Die Nacht
F-stop Magazine
Source Magazine

Lectures, Talks & Workshops
Portfolio reviewer at Encontros da Imagen, Braga 2016
Guest Lecture on Art and Photography // The Independent AIR at Danish Photographic Society, Copenhagen 2016
Portfolio reviewer at Voies Off, Arles 2015


Grants, Awards & Nominations
2016 Magnum Graduate Photographers Award, short-listed
2015 Artist in Residency, TÆKKER AIR Berlin
2014 Source Magazine graduate selection by David Drake
2014 Reginald Salisbury Travel Award
2012/13 Marie Langhoff's Artist grant
2012 Danish Photographic Society grant
2012 Anna & Jens Grum’s grant