Nora Adwan: Sang i et fremmed land

Astrup Fearnley Museet 23.04.2022 07.08.2022


Nora Adwan’s video installation Sang i et fremmed land will be exhibited at Astrup Fearnley Museet 23 April – 7 August 2022. Adwan has been in a studio residency at BEK to develop material for the installation. 

During her BEK residency, Adwan explored custom-made speakers, composition and editing of sound and video material, as well as combining recorded voice and field recording into multichannel sound. 

Sang i et fremmed land is commissioned and produced by Astrup Fearnley Museet. The work features an oval architectural structure in which a new video work is seamlessly projected, thus enveloping the audience for an immersive sensation. Thematically, the installation continues Adwan’s investigation of cultural alienation and diasporic perspectives. Here, topics such as migration, rootlessness, inherited traumas, censorship and embodied knowledge take center stage.

Sang i et fremmed land is funded by Sparebankstiftelsen DNB Kunsten i Dag, with additional production support by BEK – through Adwan’s studio residency – and Masahat Open Spaces for Arab Culture in Exile. Read more at


Nora Adwan has an MFA from Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2014). She mainly works with sculpture, film, sound and technology. Growing up as a part of a diaspora, Adwan is influenced by different geographical contexts. Drawing from her own experiences, she explores issues of migration, displacement and statelessness in a practice that often operates at the intersection between fiction and documentary. Her images and poetry are blended with personal narratives in sculptural audio and video installations. Adwan’s work has been shown at SAVVY Contemporary (Berlin), P21 Gallery (London), Kunstnerforbundet (Oslo) and Kunsthall Stavanger. 28 May – 7 August 2022, she will also have an exhibition at Hordaland Kunstsenter (Bergen).

Still images from Sang i et fremmed land: Nora Adwan (image 2, 3, 4). Photos from the studio residency: BEK.