Helga-Marie Nordby is a Norwegian freelance curator based in Oslo and Berlin. Her practice is oriented towards exhibition projects, text writing and teaching. With a background in music and theatre, ‘the performative’ has continuously informed her curatorial practice: she stages different types of spaces and situations where forms of expression and strategies can develop into a larger unity, and where the focus is on narrativity and the development of new communicative formats. Dialogue and openness are fundamental to her relationships with artists, professionals, institutions and the public. Challenging the boundaries of art institutions and moving beyond them by placing projects in other spaces and contexts are also central to her practice. The method of curating in relation to a specific site is reflected both in her curatorial concepts and in her collaboration with artists – whether in urban spaces, natural landscapes, specific buildings or other architectural settings. She is motivated by the unforeseen, encounters with people, situations and stories over which she lacks full control.
Nordby is the initiator and curator for SALT – a nomadic initiative for art, culture and the environment in the Arctic region. During 2009–2012 she was the director of the Academy of Contemporary Art in Tromsø, and during 2005–2009 the director of the Young Artists’ Society (Unge Kunstneres Samfund, UKS) in Oslo. She has an MA in curating from Goldsmiths College in London, in addition to having studied art history, theatre science and philosophy at the University of Oslo. Selected curatorial projects include the UKS Biennial (2004), Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF 2010), and the Norwegian Sculpture Biennial (2013). She has led LIAF’s advisory board since 2009. Nordby represents Norway in the expert-committee for the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Culture and Art Programme (2012–2016).