Aktuell – Elisabeth Haarr
Edited by Will Bradley, Elin Maria Olaussen, Karen Christine Tandberg & Kathrine
Design by Nell May
Edition of 750
Published by Torpedo Press 2021
A monograph on Elisabeth Haarr, with an interview by Lotte Konow Lund and photographs
by Eline Mugaas, published by Torpedo Press & Kunsthall Oslo.
Aktuell is a series of publications presenting work by contemporary artists based in
Norway. A collaboration between Torpedo Press and Kunsthall Oslo, Aktuell offers
compact English language monographs on both emerging and established artists,
focusing on work that has not been addressed by existing publications. Images
from the artists’ practice are central to the series, contextualised by commissioned
essays and interviews. The title of the series, Aktuell, cannot be precisely translated
into English – it can mean current, relevant, or potential.
About the artist
Elisabeth Haarr (born 1945) is considered one of Norway’s central and most influential
textile artists. Her career as an artist, educator and activist spans five decades,
and throughout this time she has worked for the recognition of textile art in the contemporary
Elisabeth Haarr’s practice encompasses many different kinds of commitment,
strongly shaped by the decades she has been active. From the 1970s campaign
against the EU, through support for anti-imperialist struggles and the Solidarity
movement of the 1980s, to identity politics, feminism, and the critique of power.
Haarr’s politics is expressed through aesthetic, formal and material contradictions in
her work. In her early abstract tapestries from the late 1960s she began experimenting
with synthetic thread that contrasted with the traditional wool. In the 1970s she
explored silkscreen, poster production and collage work. In the 1980s, she began to
embroider and explore materials such as plastic, wire and acrylic.
Published with support from The Fritt Ord Foundation and Arts Council Norway.