Brynhild Bye-Tiller
Artistic practice

Socially engaged projects

  100 metres
  Ramallah Trondheim Series
  Apertura Namdalseid
  Bridging Zip-Code 65
  Three Ways of Framing
  My home
  These were not chosen
  Things tend to be different than you think
  Invisible Visible
  Women in Health- and Care Work
Documentary & Other photographic work
  Away game
  The truth on the ground
  On/Off stage
  Documenting while caring
  Easter parade behind the wall
  Occupied West Bank Scouts
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  Icelandic Encounters
  Labor Day
  Reykjavik riots
  Subway portraits
Early work
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Forgo (2011-2012)
FINLAND/NORWAY: What have you for one reason or another, chosen to – or been forced to - forgo in your life?
Participation & Photo & Audio





FINLAND/NORWAY: What have you for one reason or another, chosen to – or been forced to - forgo in your life?

These low tech audio recordings are bits and pieces of conversations with the participants in the Forgo project. The participants were different women's group from Finland and Norway. They speak about things in their life they had to forgo. Hence the title. Things they have let go. Things in life they chose not to do. Or couldn't do. The recordings are edited and sequenced by me.

1. A mix of oral statements from participants. Duration 15:42 min. 15 MB

2. A conversation with Helena Jern (FI). Duration 18:36 min. 17.9 MB

3. A conversation with Helena Wistbacka (FI). Duration 12:20 min. 11.9 MB

4. A conversation with Sumaya Mansi (FI). Duration 19:37 min. 18.8 MB

The participants in the art project FORGO (2011-2012) were asked to create an embroidery of something they had given up or refrained from. Forgo was a cooperation between the artists Maria Nordbäck (FI) and me. Together we arranged several sewing and embroidery workshops in cooperation with local women's groups in Vaasa, Finland and Trondheim, Norway. More than 100 women and a few men participated. The project focused on people who, for one reason or another, have chosen to – or been forced to - forgo something, hence the title. Parallel with the embroidery workshops I started working with the visual documentation, the visual stories, making interviews and collecting audio recordings of the participants. The exhibition was a part of a large group show: "To have - To own" at KUNTSI Museum of Modern Art in Vaasa. The curatorial task focused on expansion.


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Exhibition period December 4 th 2011- January 31 st 2012   Local partners were MIRA Centre, Welcome Office Vaasa, Vaasa Reception Centre.
Venue: KUNTSI Museum Of Modern Art. Sisäsatama, FIN-65100 Vaasa.

Venue: FORGO was part of a group show organized by Platform. "To have/To own" was curated by Ulrika Ferm (FI/DE). More infomation on Platform's webpage.


Dragos Alexandrescu (FI/RO) & Sarah Browne (IE)
Maria Nordbäck (FI) & Brynhild Bye (NO)
Stefan Constantinescu (SE/RO)
Kane Do (DE/US)
Audun Eriksen (NO)
Maria Ångerman (FI) & Miha Erman (SI)
FinnFemFel (FI) & Simo Brotherus (SE/FI)
Rasmus Hedlund (FI) & Maria Lundström (FI) & Eija Leinonen (FI) & Tuomo Väänänen (FI)
Esther Pilkington (GB/AT)
Jimmy Pulli (FI) & Christian Rupp (AT)
Anri Sala (DE/AL)
Helga Steppan (SE)
Andrew Taggart & Chloe Lewis (NO/CA)

Omistamisen pakko vai siitä kieltäytyminen, by art critic Maaria Niem, Pohjalainen 15.01.2012 (FIN)


Maria Nordback produced a second show with the Forgo project in KRISTINESTAD (FI) August 2012.


Art work: A sculptural installation with embroideries, audio recordings and photographies.

1 assembly of 117 embroideries in a large wooden house structure, 4 audio recordings mixed together and 50 framed small format photographies in color.

FORGO was an art project based on contemporary art's ability to help identify opinions, exploring participatory methodologies and evolving documentary photography within the contemporary art field.


Invitation group show To have/To own I

Invitation group show To have/To own II

Invitation group show To have/To own III

Programme group show To have/To own about FORGO

Programme group show To have/To own

Paper on group show To have/To own (SE)


The project was funded from: logo platform    logo nordic cultural fund


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