Helene Sommer is a visual artist based in Oslo. Through video, text and installation she questions the way we understand and relate to our surroundings and its history, particularly in regard to the the premises and politics of the sciences. She is interested in the multiple levels of translation, interpretation and rhetorical devices that are involved in all storytelling.
During her residency at Artica Svalbard Sommer will research and reflect on how different traces of records relate and correspond to each other, and whether it is possible to challenge the idea of what and for whom memories and long time preservation exists. The starting point of Sommer’s curiosity lays on the moment when images migrate through material transformation and how the transformation and the material itself, covey history.
She graduated from the National Academy of Art in Oslo in 2003 and has since shown her work in galleries, museums and festivals.