Hanne Hammer Stien is an art historian based in Tromsø where she works as Director of The polar Museum and Lecturer at the Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing. In addition she work freelance as curator and writer. Currently Stien is working on a large-scale art project organized by Public Art Norway (KORO) at UiT The Arctic University of Norway (MH2) involving artists like Gunilla Klingberg, Beret Aksnes & Vegar Moen, Hennie Ann Isdahl, Olav Christopher Jenssen og Annelise Brun, she is curating a public art project in Hammerfest that includes a rehanging of a large painting by Inger Sitter and commission of a new painting by Marianne Hurum and she is curating a sound art project for the Municipality of Tromsø that will take place in the city’s outdoor area in 2017. At the Polar Museum she has commissioned a new sound piece by Jana Winderen as part of the exhibition Living ice (2017) and she is curating an artistic intervention by Katja Aglert titled Museum inventory as score (2017).
Earlier Stien has curated video programs like Beyond Horizons (2015), on behalf of Atelier Nord, and Obsession and Duty (2015), on behalf of Northern Norwegian Art Centre. Beyond Horizons focused on works dealing with governance of natural resources in the north and the rights to the land and the sea. Obsession and Duty on the other hand focused on works dealing with the boarder between obsession and duty made by earlier students at Tromsø Academy on Contemporary Art and Creative Writing.
Stien edited the anthology Vit at jeg elsker deg – Om kunst og sted (Know that I love you: About art and place), which was published by Orkana Forlag in 2015. The book was based on lectures given at HFT 2013 – Nasjonal kunstfestival, curated by Stien on behalf of Hammerfest Kunstforening/Norske Kunstforeninger. Other exhibition projects include artists like Kåre Kivijärvi and John Savio.
For several years Stien was a regular critic for Billedkunst. She has previously worked at Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø University College, the Museum of Reconstruction for Finnmark and Northern Troms and Tromsø University Museum. Stien is on the Board of Stiftelsen Kunstkritikk and the North Norwegian Art Centre (NNKS) and she is a member of the Artistic Advisory Board of Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF).