Brynhild Bye-Tiller
Participatory work
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    100 meters
    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 photography
  Seven Cleaning Workers
    East Jerusalem, Palestine
    Palestinian gestures
    Away game
    Truth on the ground
    On/Off stage
    Documenting while caring
    Easter parade behind the wall
    Occupied West Bank Scouts
    Immigrants and refugees to the Nordic countries
    Icelandic Encounters
  Labor Day
  Reykjavik riots
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My home / Heim åt mæ / Hjem til meg / Heima hjá mér / Ang akong balay / Ban chan / Na so / rusisk
Women from Russia, Iceland, Norway, the Phillippines, Thailand and Kenya participated in the art project My home (2012-2013) and asked themselves these questions.
Participation & Public art & Photo & Audio

NORWAY: What is your home? Where is your home? Where do you belong?

1. Audio recordings of conversations about identity and belonging with the participants. Duration 10:44 min.


Women from Russia, Iceland, Norway, the Phillippines, Thailand and Kenya participated in the art project My home (2012-2013) and asked themselves these questions. The project was conducted by the Norwegian artists Vigdis Haugtrø, Guro Hustad Stugu and me. Together with women with and without immigrant background we made a joint exhibition in Namdalseid, Norway 2012-2013 focusing on identity and belonging. The participants greatly influenced the final exhibition. Both through their own images and texts attached to the floor and windows. Each image and text described each individual's relationship to "My home".

The participants was: Ellen Unabia Monsen (PH), Ingunn Skjesol Bulling (NO), Rueangsiri Wongwan (TH), Gudny Olafsdottir Sverkmo (IS), Gugga Stöng (IS), Erla Valdis Jónsdóttir (IS), Trude Berg (NO), Madjaka Sagno (GN) Laila Solum (NO), Tone Beate Fossli (NO), Liilia Opdahl (RU). Artists was: Vigdis Haugtrø (NO), Brynhild Bye-Tiller (NO) and Guro Hustad Stuggu (NO).

This was the 1st of two projects with focus on immigrant and refugee women in a rural community

Meetings and "home visit relay"
After several meetings with the participants at the public library, we went on home visits. On the ride was - as well as photo and audio equipment - women who were initially unknown to each other. Each participant got to visit another participant. Disscusions during the home visit's were recorded and later became a part of the final exhibition. During the home visit's each participant had to choose a site were she was a model for a portrait. On each site, in each home, both participants were depicted at the same spot. How does the environment in a picture affect the way we perceive that indidual? The public had to guess where each one belonged in the series of portraits.

The artistic ambition for me was to explore participatory methodologies and documentary through audio recordings and photography. Can art provide alternative perspectives on the situation for immigrant women married to Norwegian men in rural communities in Norway? What kind of role can they have in the local community? Can they unfold on their own terms and use their expertise and experiences?





Exhibition period December 11 th 2012 - January 18 th 2013  

The project was organized together with the municipality of Namdalseid and KUN centre for Gender Equality. The municipality was deeply involved in the process and has a track record for using resources on different projects involving the topic: Gender and local immigrant women. KUN centre for Gender Equality also started their action research with the project “Familiegjenforente kvinner i distriktet” parallel with the art project. It was the first of two production's in Nord-Trøndelag county with focus on immigrant and refugee women. The second production: Three ways of framing was done in Verran, Norway in 2013. A neighbouring municipality of Namdalseid.


KUN's report: "Familiegjenforente kvinner i distriktet. Tverrfaglig samarbeid om integrering i Namdalseid og Verran", av Marte Taylor Bye. PDF. (NO)

Presentation from KUN

Exhibition poster

Lyrics to the opening (PDF)


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Venue: Town Hall Namdalseid (NO)  


Art work: Photographies, text stickers and audio recordings.


10 staged photographic portraits printed on acrylic, 1 X 1 m, photographed by Vigdis Haugtrø and placed inside the windows at the entrance of the municipality building.

1 audio recording recorded and mixed together by me placed inside the exhibition in the Town Hall

6 medium-sized color photography mounted on capa by me.

Apr. 100 small format photographies on the wall from the participants.

10 texts stickers mounted on the floor, the windows and the walls by the participants.


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In cooperation with:   logo namdalseid     kun Logo