Biography Åsa Sonjasdotter

Åsa Sonjasdotter is an artist born in Helsingborg, Sweden, living in Tromsø, Norway and in Berlin, Germany.

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or quite some time I’ve been immersed in stories of potatoes. It is a plant that I grew up with, as it fed the family over the winter. Potatoes carry memories. Memories of Andean farmers’ care for many thousands of years, of the last centuries' demographic shifts and enormous population growth. Potatoes grow rhizomatically, and I believe this is why they, with surprising efficiency, both accumulate and distribute matter and memory at the same time. Potatoes fed the industrial and agricultural revolutions, and thus helped spark enormous changes. From potatoes we can learn of co-species’ histories, of stories of matter and memory, of loss and promise.

Sonjasdotter is a founding member of The Neighbourhood Academy, a bottom up learning site and a branch of Prinzessinnengarten, an urban garden in Berlin, Germany. She has been professor at Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art in Tromsø, Norway, an institution she took part of establishing in 2007. From 1996 to 2006 Sonjasdotter was a founding member of the Danish feminist art- and action group Kvinder på Værtshus (Women Down the Pub). Sonjasdotter has studied at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art in Norway. She holds an MFA from the Department of Theory and Communication at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. From 2014 she is a research student at the Art Department, University of London, UK. Sonjasdotter has been awarded the COAL prize for environmental art in France (
Prix COAL Art et Environnement) in 2014 by the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development. Her piece The Order of Potato has been awarded by The Danish Art Foundation in 2009.

Exhibitions and projects include:
From Flesh to Flesh, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway, 2016; DUMP! Multispecies Making and Unmaking, Kunsthal Århus, Denmark, 2015; D’après nature, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature and Institute Suédois, Paris, France, 2015; Tote Wespen fliegen länger: bewegte Natur-Kulturen, Natural History Museum, Berlin, Germany, 2015; Native Food and Invasion, Sapporo International Arts Festival, Sapporo, Japan, 2014; Haute Diversité, Domaine de Chamarande and Centre Culturel 104, Paris, France, 2014; Die Kartoffel, Springhornhof Stiftung und Kunstverien, Neuenkirchen, Germany, 2013; Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses and Abandoned Lots, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, USA, 2012; The Order of Potatoes (The Worldly House, dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany, 2012), The Way Potatoes Go (EATLACMA, LACMA, Los Angeles, USA, 2010), Small Potatoes Make Big Noice (4th Bucharest Biennale, Bucharest, Romania, 2010); The Way Potatoes Go (The Gatherers: Greening Our Urban Spheres, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA, 2008), Tea Pavilion (3rd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China, 2008).

Links on the internet: asasonjasdotter.net