Lise Dahl


Lise Dahl (b. 1964) is a Norwegian curator based in the arctic city of Tromsø, Northern Norway. She has an MA in Art History from the University of Oslo and more than twenty years of practice in the field. From 2000 she worked at the Tromsø Center of Contemporary art, first as Administrative Manager, then as Intendant (2004-2006). Since 2010 she has worked on permanent basis as curator at Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, leading the museum’s touring program. The last years she has had several curatorial projects at the museum, amongst others leading the project of presenting new angles to the museum’s collection exhibitions (see links). As part of the museum’s external collaboration Dahl is councelling Troms county municipality regarding the county’s art collection, management, acquisitions and art in public spaces. She is a board member of the institution «Se Kunst i Nord-Norge» (SKINN), located in Bodø, a network-based regional art dissemination with the main mission to make art available to as many of the population as possible. The institution is also the initiator of Bodø Biennale, the coming years working towards Bodø as European cultural capital 2024.

Dahl’s curatorial practice is mainly oriented towards exhibition projects, text writing and, with an earlier background as a teacher, towards educational programs. Working in a museum based in Northern Norway, considering itself as a power house for the region, with international perspectives, Dahl has looked to challenge views on the region’s history, politics and society. Her latest projects include the following: «DEN RØDE ARMÉS TILBAKETREKNING / ВОЗВРАЩЕНИЕ КРАСНОЙ АРМИИ / THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE RED ARMY», – a touring exhibition project (Norway – Russia) and aftermath book published in 2018. In this project she took the leading role from the museum’s side and as co-curator and co-editor in collaboration with the Russian artists and curators Ivan Galuzin and Glafira Severianova. The project looked into the relation between art and war – and between Norway and Russia during the WWII (see link). Other practice of importance have been to promote sami artists through the museum’s program, like the Swedish artist Rose-Marie Huuva (2018) and this year’s Savio award winner, Aage Gaup. Both projects focusing on the artists individual practices and approaches to art through activism.