Film festival artist 2016 – Kira Wager

27. January 2016

Haugesund Art Society, the Norwegian International Film Festival and Haugesund Museum of Fine Art have the pleasure of presenting Kira Wager as the 2016 film festival artist. The pictorial artist Kira Wager is regarded as among the most interesting practitioners of contemporary art.

Kira Wager (b. 1971) is a Swedish-Norwegian pictorial artist, raised in Helsinki and has lived in Norway since 199Kira Wager4. Wager studied art in Finland and at the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo. Her solo exhibitions include at Kunstnerforbundet and Galleri K in Oslo, and at RARE Gallery in New York. Wager’s work has been acquired by a number of public collections, including the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Kira Wager is renowned for a pictorial universe marked by tension between photography and painting. She continually works to find ways of painting relevant for today, and in her constant exploration of the relationship between painterly and photographic representation, she is drawing positive attention in the debate on the legitimacy of painting. Wager has received massive critical acclaim from the collective body of Norwegian critics, and her works have also seen a formidable commercial success.

Wager is known for a complex play on the traditions of painting and formal devices. Even though painting is the premise, the images are also part of a larger discourse around photographs and paintings in general. Not least, she is preoccupied by our inner images, and how our visual perception is influenced by memories. Her main interests revolve around perception, representation and time.

The annual Film Festival Exhibition is Haugesund Art Society’s most profiled exhibition. It is the result of a co-operative effort between the Norwegian International Film Festival and Haugesund Museum of Fine Art.

We look forward to the opening of the exhibition in August!

More information about the artist:

The exhibition opens on Saturday 20 August and ends on 18 September 2016.

Contact persons:

Gallery Manager Grethe Lunde Øvrebø at telephone +47 52 74 41 80/cellphone: +47 90 88 16 65 or e-mail:
Festival Director Tonje Hardersen on cellphone: +47 928 30 559 or e-mail:


Pictures of the artist and her works are available at:

Kira Wager

For information about the Norwegian International Film Festival: