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Doctoral Research Fellow

Stephanie von Spreter

Doctoral Research Fellow, Art History Department of Language and Culture
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contemporary art, photography, women artists, Arctic, circumpolar North, Nordic contemporary Art, storytelling, research-based art, Anthropocene

Stephanie von Spreter is currently PhD fellow in art history and member of the research group Worlding Northern Art (WONA) at UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. WONA’s goal is to strengthen research in art and visual culture from, in and on the (Circumpolar) North. The group aims to operate in the contact zone between different academic disciplines and cultural practices, expanding the field it emerged from, art history. In doing so, research traverses into, amongst others, the fields of anthropology, gender and indigenous studies, literature and media studies as well as curatorial practice and artistic research. Von Spreter’s research project is anchored in this research group, her thesis examining contemporary photographic art that engages with the Arctic as a gendered, colonial and ecological space.

Stephanie von Spreter also works as a freelance curator and writer. Between 2011 and 2018, von Spreter served as the director of Fotogalleriet, Oslo. In this position she has curated a large number of exhibitions and seminars with a focus on contemporary photographic art and termed responsible for the establishment of an independent educational programme. Von Spreter is also the co-founder of the first exhibition guide for contemporary art in Oslo, U.F.O. (Utstillingsguide For Oslo), in the meantime called Oslo Art Guide. She also worked for various large exhibitions, including the 3rd, 4th and 5th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. She was assistant curator for the exhibition The Structure of Survival at the 50. Biennale di Venezia and curatorial assistant at Documenta11, Kassel.

KVI-3211 Arctic Images in Art, Visual Culture and the Museum, c. 1600-2020 (Artists’ agencies in the Arctic; Art, Politics and the Anthropocene)

KVI-1014 Visual Analysis (Photography, film, video, digital media)

KVI-1113 From Campus to Capitol: art historical case studies (provenance research; periodisation)

KVI-3900 MA-Seminar (supervising) 

  • Bull, Synne Tollerud; Miletic, Dragan; Lillevold Vinje, Petrine; Pettersen, Christine; Halland, Ingrid; von Spreter, Stephanie. Urban Ecologies After A.I.. Urban Ecologies After A.I. (https://r-o-m.no/) (Prosjekt: https://www.bull.miletic.info/research/) 2021-01-26 - 2021-02-28 2021.

  • von Spreter, Stephanie. Ulla Schildt. Flowers from Svalbard [essay]. Ulla Schildt. Flowers from Svalbard (https://gallery.mailchimp.com/1708df4d10cafa8c7bee77b83/files/abc888c6-1d59-42e3-bf25-8568ece9c41f/Schildt_flowers_from_Svalbard_SvSpreter_final_2020_01_02.pdf) 2020-01-09 - 2020-02-02 2020.

  • Bull, Synne Tollerud; Miletic, Dragan; Lillevold Vinje, Petrine; Pettersen, Christine; Halland, Ingrid; von Spreter, Stephanie. Urban Ecologies After A.I.. Urban Ecologies After A.I. (https://r-o-m.no/) (Prosjekt: https://www.bull.miletic.info/research/) 2021-01-26 - 2021-02-28 2021.

  • von Spreter, Stephanie. Ulla Schildt. Flowers from Svalbard [essay]. Ulla Schildt. Flowers from Svalbard (https://gallery.mailchimp.com/1708df4d10cafa8c7bee77b83/files/abc888c6-1d59-42e3-bf25-8568ece9c41f/Schildt_flowers_from_Svalbard_SvSpreter_final_2020_01_02.pdf) 2020-01-09 - 2020-02-02 2020.

  • Stephanie von Spreter, 'Breathing Documenta11 In and Out,' Documenta11_platform6, (Kassel: documenta archiv | documenta und Museum Fridericianum GmbH, 2021), https://www.documenta-platform6.de/breathing-documenta11-in-and-out/

    Stephanie von Spreter, 'The 'Artist Genius' Doesn't Have to Go Out and Buy Spaghetti. Shirana Shahbazi in Conversation with Stephanie von Spreter,' Conversations on Photography, (Oslo: Fotogalleriet / Heidelberg: Kehrer Verlag, 2021)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ‘For a gentle song would not shake us if we had never heard a loud one,’ in FOR A GENTLE SONG WOULD NOT SHAKE US IF WE HAD NEVER HEARD A LOUD ONE, ex.cat. (Copenhagen: Fotografisk Center, 2018)

    Katinka Maraz, Espen Røyseland, Stephanie von Spreter, Ruben Steinum (eds.), Mulighetsrom. Kunsten og kunstnernes plass i byen (Oslo: 0047/Forbundet Frie Fotografer/Fotogalleriet/UKS, 2017). ISBN 9788292960073

    Katarina Skjønsberg, and Stephanie von Spreter (eds.), Katarina Skjønsberg. Be Good to Yourself (Heidelberg: Kehrer Verlag, 2017). ISBN 978-3-86828-775-2

    Karina-Sirkku Kurz and Stephanie von Spreter (eds.), Karina-Sirkku Kurz. Ungleichgewicht (Heidelberg: Kehrer Verlag, 2016). ISBN 978-3-86828-681-6

    Anja Casser, and Stephanie von Spreter (eds.), Susanne M. Winterling, Through the Looking Glass (Milan: Mousse Publishing, 2015). ISBN-10 : 8867491172/ISBN-13 : 978-8867491179

    Stephanie von Spreter, ‘Verena Winkelmann. Father and Child,’ in Point in Time, ex.cat. (Berlin: The Nordic Embassies, 2015)

    Stephanie von Spreter (ed.), Iikka Tolonen. Härkälä, (Heidelberg: Kehrer Verlag, 2015). ISBN 978-3-86828-550-5

    Katinka Maraz, Espen Røyseland, Stephanie von Spreter, Ruben Steinum (eds.), Kreativt Naboskap. En mulighetsstudie,  (Oslo: 0047/Forbundet Frie Fotografer/Fotogalleriet/UKS, 2014).

    Stephanie von Spreter, ‘On Dayanita Singh’s Living “Museum Structures”,’ Débris Fanzine, No.1, 2014 (www.debrisfanzine.com/fotogalleriet)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ‘Status fotografi’, in Contemporary by Blomqvist, auction catalogue, (Oslo: Blomqvist Kunsthandel, 2013)

    Stephanie von Spreter and Nina Strand, ‘Two-Timers,’ in Objektiv. Magazine for lens-based art, #5, 2012

    Stephanie von Spreter, ‘Enquête: Petrine Lillevold Vinje,’ in Norsk Kunstårbok, (Oslo: Pax Forlag, 2012)

    Stephanie von Spreter (ed.), Verksted #5/#6: A Travelogue: Gap Hanoi / A Travelogue: Transbord-Rájis Rádjái, (Oslo: Office for Contemporary Art Norway, 2006)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ‘Means and Ends – Selected Video Work by Inghild Karlsen and Kristin Bergaust,’ in Farhad Kalantary and Linn Lervik (eds.), Retrospective: Film & Video Art Norway, (Oslo: Atopia film & videokunst, 2011). ISBN: 9788299838504

    Stephanie von Spreter, ‘Mette Tronvoll – At Eye Level,’ in Mette Tronvoll – Photographs Fotografien, (Munich: Schirmer/Mosel Verlag, 2009). ISBN 10: 382960436X / ISBN 13: 9783829604369

    Stephanie von Spreter, ’Marc Camille Chaimowicz,’ in Short Guide - Day (Berlin: 5th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2008)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ’Ania Molska,’ in Short Guide - Day (Berlin: 5th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2008)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ’Giulia Piscitelli,’ in Short Guide - Day (Berlin: 5th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2008)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ’Pushwagner,’ in Short Guide - Day (Berlin: 5th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2008)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ’Mona Hatoum,’ in Into Me / Out of Me, ex.cat. (Berlin: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2007)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ‘Carolee Schneemann,’ in Into Me / Out of Me, ex.cat. (Berlin: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2007)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ’Kris Martin,’ in Exhibition Guide (Berlin: 4th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2006)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ’Andro Wekua,’ in Exhibition Guide (Berlin: 4th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2006)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ’Sebastian Hammwöhner, Dani Jakob, Gabriel Vormstein,’ in Exhibition Guide (Berlin: 4th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2006)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ’atelier d’architecture autogerée,’ in Exhibition Guide (Berlin: 3rd Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2004)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ’Banu Cennetoglu,’ in Exhibition Guide (Berlin: 3rd Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2004)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ’Liisa Roberts,’ in Exhibition Guide (Berlin: 3rd Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2004)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ’Nada Sebestyen,’ in Exhibition Guide (Berlin: 3rd Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2004)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ‘Tania Bruguera,’ in Documenta11_Platform 5, Short Guide, (Kassel: documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH, 2002)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ‘Giuseppe Gabellone,’ in Documenta11_Platform 5, Short Guide, (Kassel: documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH, 2002)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ‘Julie Bergmann & Stacy Pierie Levy’, in Documenta11_Platform 5, Short Guide, (Kassel: documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH, 2002)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ‘Chohreh Feyzdjou, in Documenta11_Platform 5, Short Guide, (Kassel: documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH, 2002)

    Stephanie von Spreter, ‘Jacqueline Humphries,’ in I Love New York – Crossover der aktuellen Kunst, ex.cat., (Cologne: Museum Ludwig, 1999)

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