Unni Gjertsen (b.1966, Norway) is a visual artist based in Oslo. Her interests are in the field of perception of geography and history and she is currently engaged in a long term project about the cold war.
Spanning from performance, collaboration with dancers, film, to the artist novel Dakar–Tromsø, her approach is research based and inter-disciplinary. Her new film From here to the Black Sea was recently shown in Bodø Biennale 2018.
Gjertsen has been exhibiting internationally for decades including institutions like Museo de Arte de Lima – MALI, Peru 2017, The Museum for Contemporary Art in Roskilde in Denmark and Verkstad Konsthall, Norrköping 2015, Malmö Art Museum 2014, Norrköpings Konstmuseum 2013, Nordische Botschaften, Berlin, 2010, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter 2008, MuHKA, Antwerp, and Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, Gdansk 2007, and Konsthall C Stockholm 2005.
Her latest solo exhibition was at Tenthouse Oslo 2016. She has been an Artist in Residence in Mitte Berlin 2013, Platform China, Beijing and CoLab Art and Architecture in Bangalore 2009 trough OCA, and IASPIS in Stockholm 2006-2007.
Gjertsen graduated from the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art NTNU in 1997. 2016-2017 she studied Creative Writing at the Norwegian Arctic University in Tromsø.