Toril Johannessen

Toril Johannessen

Toril Johannessen (b.1978, Norway), living in Tromsø, Norway. Perception and representation as historical and technological constructs are recurring themes in her artistic practice. Combining historical records with fiction andher own investigations, and with an attention to how scientific knowledge production coexists with other forms of knowledge and belief, her works oftenhave elements of storytelling in visual or written form. Toril Johannessen (b.1978, Norway) is an artist living in Bergen, Norway. The impact of historical conditions and technological developments on perception and representation are recurring themes in Johannessen’s artistic practice. Combining historical records with her own investigations and collection of data, and with an attention to how science coexists with other systems of knowledge and belief, her works often have elements of storytelling in visual or written form.  

Solo shows include Entrée and Trykkeriet, Bergen (2019); OSL Contemporary, Oslo (2019); Munchmuseet on the Move, Oslo (2018); Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen (2017); ARoS, Aarhus (2017);  Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen (2017); Trondheim Art Museum, Trondheim (2016) and Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2016). Group shows include Sustainable Societies for the Future, Malmö Konstmuseum (2021); LIAF Lofoten International Art Festival (2019); 13th Dak’Art Bienniale de Dakar (2018); STAGES, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg (2017); Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing, Hayward Touring (2014); 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013) and Documenta 13 (2012).

Toril Johannessen (b.1978, Norway) is a visual artist.



Toril Johannessen's Works

Reclaiming VisionMarjolijn Dijkman, Toril Johannesen2018

Reclaiming Vision, Marjolijn Dijkman, Toril Johannesen, 2018

Toril Johannessen Marjolijn Dijkman


Both Dijkman and Toril Johannessen (1978, NO) * are interested in the mediation of nature and the kind of relationships it evokes, for instance through scientific paradigm shifts. Liquid Properties, a collaboration between the two artists …

The Invention and Conclusion of the EyeToril Johannessen2017

The Invention and Conclusion of the Eye, Toril Johannessen, 2017

Toril Johannessen


Audio play, 38:40 min., multichannel playback, stage light, diagram, paper sculptures. Toril Johannessen (1978, NO) engages in methods and source material from ‘specialist fields of knowledge’ such as science, visual perception studies, linguistics, and the occult.