Aktuell – Elisabeth Haarr

Edited by Will Bradley, Elin Maria Olaussen, Karen Christine Tandberg & Kathrine


Design by Nell May

204 pages

Edition of 750

Language: English

ISBN 978-82-93104-24-7

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

art field.

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.

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