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Studio residency: Amber Ablett, My Fathers Left

BEK 26.02.2024 01.03.2024


Amber Ablett was in a studio residency at BEK 26 February–1 March preparing for the exhibition My Fathers Left at Visningsrommet, as part of Borealis – a festival for experimental music.

Bergen based artist and writer Amber Ablett presents a new sound installation for Borealis, exploring fatherhood from the perspective of children from the African diaspora. The collaborative research project takes the form of a six channel sound and video installation – a poetic sonic essay and mixtape drawing on a breadth and variety of experiences.

The work begins with the artist’s own exploration into how the narratives that British, Norwegian and Western society has taught us about Black fatherhood shaped and warped the way she saw her relationship with her own father, and the ways in which colourism and internalised racism seep in. Installed in the gallery space USF Visningsrommet, the work sits within a wooden listening structure based on wooden stands used to hold up boats when they are brought onto dry land, connecting these personal stories, back to the stories of fathers that have travelled across seas.

As a Black woman of Irish, Trinidadian and British heritage living in Norway, Amber’s work  creates a space for questioning, communality and critical thinking; she is interested in how we learn about ourselves through learning about other people and the conflict between our internal and perceived sense of home.

Opening Hours Exhibition
Fri–Sat 13.00–18.00
Sun 12.00–18.00

The work My Fathers Left is commissioned by BEK – Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts and Borealis – a festival for experimental music, taking place in Bergen 13–17 March. In addition to this studio residency and commission work, BEK collaborates with Borealis on a work residency with Elina Waage Mikalsen and the Family Day at BEK. See the detailed festival programme at

Photo: 1) Jan Khur 2-4) Thor Brødreskift/Borealis