Trond Hugo Haugen (b. 1975) is a Norwegian artist working in a range of media, from drawing, artists´ books, text, project-based, often site-specific works and artist-run initiatives and institutions. His works shows a main interest in politics, history and the role of the artist in society. His drawings are direct, with a strong black and white expression.
Haugen was born in Kristiansand, but raised in Stavanger. He has a background as a concert promoter, artist manager and independent venue booker. He holds a master degree from Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts, Norway. After he graduated in 2002, he lived and worked in Malmö and Berlin, now based in Oslo.
Haugen´s works has been shown at The Art Centre Kabuso, Kunsthal Aarhus, SKMU - Sørlandet´s Museum of Art, Malmö Art Museum, Stavanger Art Museum, Turku Art Museum, The Norwegian Drawing Association, Gallery Gann and others. His project-based works include Et riksportrett (A Portrait of the Nation) 2012-2014 and Stavanger2018 / KA DÅ ITTEPÅ 2005–2011. Haugen runs the noCUBE publishing.
Haugen is currently Chairman of the board at Kunstnernes Hus (The Artists’ House) and Oslo Open Studio Festival. He is former board member of UKS - Unge Kunstnernes Samfund (Young Artists’ Society) and chairman for Rogaland Kunstsenter (Rogaland Contemporary Art Centre) in Stavanger 2008-2014. He also work as art project manager / curator for KORO (Public Art Norway) since 2010.
E-mail: info (at) trondhugo.no
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1814 REVISITED - THE PAST IS STILL PRESENT, 2014
Et riksportrett, 2014
Kunsten ved Spongdal skole / Byneshallen, 2014
Truth or Dare, 2009
The Days After Tomorrow - Underworld or Wonderland Catalogue, 2005
The artist in front of the work Å sjå deg i auga (parole) / To look you in the eyes (parole), 2019,
Charcoal on unbleached cotton canves“
"At young age, I became part of the cultural scene in Stavanger, where I started to work as a concert promoter and independent venue booker. Organizing concerts is all about attention. You are the host; you invite musicians to your city, and the audience to your event. You open up your space for other’s artistic expressions – you share. You have to be conscious of the landscape you are moving in, legislation, preferences, and other activities. That was my starting point and experience when I later started as a professional visual artist myself. Namely, that one is a part of a larger organism, of a community, that is shared with others. This position fit naturally with the person I am and the person I was raised to be. My interest in politics and the conditions for artistic activities grew parallel and where later to be centered around the art policy, political art and the role of the artist in society.”
TROND HUGO HAUGEN / 2019