Petra Dalström




Artist Petra Dalström presents a shape-shifting exhibition in Archipelago.

Slowly it dawned on me that fire, water, earth and air, the four elements, appeared in everything I made. The wind putting everything in motion, the water surface in balance, the reflections, and the flame stretching upwards, blackening everything under its tongue. And the earth. Everything we know of is growing over and beneath it’s surface. 


In the exhibition Vattnet sinar, Jorden tystnar (Water dwindles, Earth falls silent)Petra Dalström investigates the four elements poetic and physical characteristics, as sculptural material.

The exhibition will change character during the four weeks, artworks/objects gets replaced and further developed. Like a sensual laboratory where low-tech methods like capillary force and thermodynamics will generate movement and material changes, traces and expectations.


Petra Dalström (b. 1987) is an artist working with ceramics, trained from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Bornholm, lives and works in Bergen.



Archipelago is a small, flexible platform for showing individual works and installations in a focused but open environment. Located on the ground floor of Hordaland kunstsenter, adjacent to a larger, more formal exhibition space, Archipelago works with the constraint of limited physical space in order to explore the changing modalities of artworks in the age of virtual space. Archipelago is programmed with short lead times for each new project, with the intention of reinserting curatorial agility and real-time engagement into the institution. This initiative follows a different schedule to Hordaland kunstsenter’s main exhibition programme, and is conceived as a group of ‘thought islands’ appearing in time.


Hordaland Art Centre based in Bergen, Norway was established 1976 as the first artist run art centre in Norway. Its activities are based around the exhibition programme with equal emphasis on seminars, presentations and dialogue. Since 1987 Hordaland Art Centre has hosted a Nordic residency programme, from 2008 also open to international artists, curators, writers and other art professionals.