Unni Gjertsen (b. 1966 Norway) is a visual artist, filmmaker and writer based in Oslo. How we perceive geography and history, is a recurrent interest explored through her work. She often employs an ecological- as well as a feminist perspective in her practice.
Gjertsen has exhibited at GIBCA Gotenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Kunstnernes hus Oslo, Bodø Biennale, Museo de Arte de Lima, Museum for Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Malmö Art Museum, Nordische Botschaften, Berlin, Henie Onstad Art Center, MuHKA Antwerp and Konsthall C Stockholm. She has been an artist in residence at Mitte Berlin, Platform China Beijing and CoLab Art & Architecture in Bangalore and IASPIS in Stockholm. In 2020 an excerpt from her novel-in-progress, was included in Signaler, the Cappelen Damm debutant anthology.
Unni Gjertsen graduated from Trondheim Academy of Fine Art NTNU in 1997. From 2016-2017 she studied Creative Writing at The Norwegian Arctic University in Tromsø. She has been teaching at several art academies in Norway, latest at Art and Public Space at Oslo National Academy of The Arts 2017-2018. She is part of the Norwegian Artist’s Grants Committee for 2022.