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Mathilde Helene Pettersen, photographer and visual artist, born 1976, lives and work in Kristiansand, south of Norway. Holds a BA in Photography and film from Napier Edinburgh University, Scotland and a MA in Art from the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway.

Between 2013 and 2015 she was selected for the Norwegian Journal of Photography #2, a program supporting eight independent photographers in Norway, working on long-term projects and published by Journal, Stockholm (2015). In this publication, she chose to show a selection from her project Searching for Cloudberries, which was featured in Time Magazine/Lightbox and SHOTS magazine and exhibited at the Festival Voies Off in Arles, France (2016) and at the Encuentros Abiertos Festival de La Luz, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A multimedia projection of her work I need a kiss before they leave was exhibited at the Musèe de Elysèe, Lausanne, Switzerland (2016), Kristiansand Kunsthall, Norway (2017) and at the International Photofestival PhotoVisa in Krasnodar, Russia (2017). At the moment, she is finishing the upcoming artist book with the same name.


Mathilde’s work can be seen as a sensitive family portrait that shows the anxiety and sincerity of motherhood. Her projects portray in a nuanced way aging and dissolving and at the same time the journey of life in photographs from birth, days by the sea, blood on a pillow and a bouquet of the early summers blooming. Mathilde’s project could even show an active feminist action when you as a woman photograph your own children and integrates the work in your artistic practise.


Mathilde Helene Pettersen (f. 1976), fotograf og billedkunstner, basert i Kristiansand.

Har stilt ut ved bl.a. Musèe de Elysèe Lausanne, Sveits, Kristiansand Kunsthall, Festival Voies Off, Frankrike, Festival de La Luz, Argentina og ved PhotoVisa, Russland. Hun var deltaker i Norwegian Journal of Photography #2.




Mathilde Helene Pettersen presents two projects:


Searching for Cloudberries (2008-), analogue black and white photographs.


I need a kiss before they leave (2011-), digital colour photographs.




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