Bente Stokke (born 1952) lives in Berlin, where she is professor of drawing at the Kunsthochschule. She has attended the Royal College of Art in London and the Jan van Eyck Academie in Holland, and is one of Norway’s most internationally oriented artists. She represented Norway at the 1993 Venice Biennale and in 1998 was Festival Artist at Haugar.

Bente Stokke often utilizes ash in her installations, a material that is literally the burned and pulverized detritus of society. Ship forms have also played a significant role in her work, both as a symbol of travel and as a metaphor for the transition from life to death, as also employed in historical ship burials. She has a conceptual and site-specific approach to new projects, and at Haugar she has taken as her point-of-departure the ancient Viking burial mounds in the area, and Haugar’s previous history as a Maritime College. Together with archaeologist Terje Gansum she will undertake an archaeological excavation of one of the two mounds near the entrance to the museum, thought to contain a cremation burial. The ash from the site will form part of the exhibition material.

Curator for the project is Tone Lyngstad Nyaas, and in the book accompanying the exhibition there will be texts by her and Gansum in addition to Jan Brockmann, David Elliot, Michael Hübl, Sune Nordgren and Ferdinand Ullrich.