Born 1981 in Stavanger, based in Oslo, Norway

Kjetil Detroit Kristensen is known for unconventional storytelling through contemporary art. In his work, the object instantiates a microspace of freedom for the viewer: multiple and multivalent narratives invite the viewer to read, reconsider, and redefine the work for their own purposes. The narrative, the visual, and the concrete are in constant conversation; the viewer moves around and between instantiations of the work and creates a unique subjective experience of the piece. Kristensen works with a variety of media and conceptual strategies led by a focus on questions and problems rather than technique and craft; his work often displays a special emphasis on performative strategies that exploit site- and project-specific constraints and affordances. His works have dealt with the position of the artist; power, institutions, and geopolitics; and the artmaking process. He approaches these questions with an aesthetic of corrupted triviality, vulnerable humor, and poetic darkness. His work engages equally with the white cube and the public sphere, building bridges and exposing junctures between the two spaces. Kristensen first exhibited on the Norwegian west coast in 1998 and today he shows and produces work in independent and institutional contexts in Norway and abroad as an artist, occasional curator/exhibition-maker, conceptual residency facilitator, and producer of projects.


In his curatorial practice Kristensen focuses on finding new alternatives to the gallery space and developing diverse strategies for the valuation of contemporary art. He’s founder of Kristensen Contemporary and co-founder of September Split. He co-founded the collaborative curatorial platform and professional skateboard-art-team Contemporary Cruise Crew as well as the artist-run studio space VORTA at Lokomotivverkstedet in Middelalderparken, Oslo.


Kristensen holds a diploma in fine art photography from the Oslo Photo Art School and a BA in Contemporary Art from the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art with an emphasis on naturecultures, situatedness, and identity politics in relation to art (2011). He participated in the inaugural edition of the Independent Study Program (ISP) at Rogaland Kunstsenter (2017). Kristensen holds an MFA from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in the MFA program on Art & Public Space (MAPS), a two-year artistic research programme with an emphasis on contemporary art as a critical spatial practice, providing a platform for new social and political encounters (2018).








2018 Detroit Kunsthalle Under New Management, Studio17, Stavanger - NO

2018 A Retrospective Refuge of the Practice-Based Research Process, Lokomotivhallen - Middelalderparken, Oslo - NO

2017 Season Finale, Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger - NO

2017 HM Queen Sonja’s Jubilee Collection, The Royal Palace, Oslo - NO

2016 Stealing Munch (Pirate-workshop), Can Serrat, El Bruc - ES

2015 Figure for Sublime Oblivion, Occupy Landscape - Galleri Artilleri, Stavanger - NO

2015 SO BASIC, three spaces simultaneously: the online magazine Texted, the web gallery 1280x650 as well as at gallery SØ, Copenhagen - DK

2014 Edible Ephemera (Year of the Horse Snack), curated by Kuk & Parfyme, The NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, New York - US

2014 Post Office - It began as a mistake, Nebbelux, Fredrikstad - NO

2013 Curatorial ONE - Inspired By:, SS-HQ, Oslo - NO

2013 Business Class, Trinosophes, Detroit - US

2012 Mirando la Finca Madre, Vallvidrera, Barcelona - ES

2011 Kristensen Contemporary, (2011 - 2015), internet project - WWW

2011 SPLIT, space 4235, Genova - IT

2010 Take A Chance On Me, Ungkunstner Festspillene i Nord-Norge, Harstad - NO

2010 |wēk|, Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø - NO

2009 Set The Alarm Clock Baby, Don’t Miss The Sun, Kurant, Tromsø - NO

2008 Oslo Photo Art School – Selected Student Works Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Haikou - CN

2007 Amerika Amerika, Søndre Gate 12A, Oslo - NO








Photo: Alessandro Marchi © 2017

Re-Creating (For Ketolas Quilt)

2017, Jæren

performance for the Independent Study Program

photography by Alessandro Marchi © 2017









Kjetil Kristensen | © 2018