Hilde Skancke Pedersen

  • 1953
  • Artist
  • Guovdageaidnu

Hilde Skancke Perdersen was born in Hammerfest and lives in Kautokeino in Finnmark county in Sápmi/Northern Norway. She graduated from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and also completed a two-year course in creative writing at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. Her primary focus is on visual art, including art films, but she also works as a playwright, poet, scenographer, and costume designer for both theatrical and dance productions. When working within all these genres, she is influenced by life in Finnmark and in Sápmi as a whole. The culture, nature, climate and surroundings there materialize as ideas and impulses in her art.

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Get to know Hilde Skancke Pedersen through this filmportrait.

Hilde often works across genres in the nexus between visual art and the performing arts, resulting in a variety of artistic expressions within the performance genre. As a visual artist, her masterpiece is considered to be her two-sided commissioned work for the assembly hall and lobby of the Sámi Parliament of Norway in Karasjok. She has shown several solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Sápmi, Norway and abroad. As a curator she has worked with art for exhibitions, public spaces and museums.

She has held many positions in Sami and Norwegian artist organizations, and is head of the board at Sami centre for contemporary art. She is an artistic partner in the Dáiddadallu artist collective.

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Photo: Hilde Skancke Pedersen


Photo: Per Heimly.

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Photo: Jil-Katharina Hinzmann

Hilde was represented at Høstutstillingen in Oslo in 2023, and has exhibited at venues such as Moderna Museet in Malmö, Sweden, at the art museum in Murmansk, Russia and at Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany. She has participated in performance groups in Gothenburg and in Kautokeino and held a solo performance in New York.

Her scenographic expertise was visible in the exhibition “Nils-Aslak Valkeapää/Áillohaš” at Henie Onstad Art Centre in 2020 - 2021, where she reconstructed her installation from a 1991 Áillohaš poetry concert.

Hilde Skancke Pedersen´s work was included in the opening exhibition of the new National Museum of Art in Oslo in 2022. She also exhibits at Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2022-2023 in India.

Her work has been acquired by several institutions, i.e. The Sami Parliament I Norway, and the Norwegian National museum.