The exhibition venue Fredriksenbruket is on the islet of Bryggmannsholmen, to the east amongst the islands comprising Henningsvær. Read more

Already in the 1800s, Bryggmannsholmen and the adjacent Saltværsholmen were sites for fishing-related industries. One entrepreneur was Henrik Dreyer, who owned all of Henningsvær from 1842 to 1882. Fredriksenbruket, such as it stands today, is a characteristic fish factory from the 1950s-1970s. It consists of several buildings, a quay and an area for drying fish. Some of the buildings are meant as employee housing. The fish factory was run for many years by the company Fredriksens Sons, but it closed down in the late 1990s.

In 2015 Fredriksenbruket was bought by a couple from Oslo. Under the former factory’s name, they plan to restore and use the fish factory for art and cultural events.

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Lofoten International Art Festival will take place in Henningsvær, Lofoten, between September 1st and October 1st 2017 Read more


LIAF is a migratory biennial in the archipelago of Lofoten and Norway’s longest running biennial, originating in 1991. This year the festival will take place in Henningsvær, a small village of 460 inhabitants, historically one of the world’s largest seasonal fisheries. LIAF 2017 will be spread across three venues and includes a month long public program speculating around the near and distant future of Lofoten.

The opening weekend September 1–3 will include a program of performances, screenings and artist talks.

Public opening at Trevarefabrikken in Henningsvær 6pm on September 1, 2017

Artist list and curatorial concept will be announced in May.

Public presentations of the festival:
Henningsvær, March 15
Venice Biennial (press meeting), May 12
Oslo, May 30th
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Trevarefabrikken is located on Heimøya. Read more

The three story 1500 square meter concrete building still bears signs of its industrial past. It was built in 1948 and housed activities ranging from cod-liver oil production, shrimp peeling and a carpentry shop, known for its handcrafted wooden doors and stairs. The factory provided income to many fisherman and handcrafters living in Henningsvær. The carpentry closed its doors in 2010. In 2014 it was bought by four young men from Bergen, who are slowly renovating the spaces through “dugnad” (voluntary work) for future use as a cultural hub.


Facing the harbour along Henningsvær’s characteristic quay, you find Nordbrygga. Read more

Nordbrygga was built by the company Christian Mohen as a cod-liver oil factory in the early 1940s. The first foreman was a Henningsvær local named Sigvart Lysvald, who in 1952 moved his family to Nordbrygga. The family lived on the factory’s middle floor until the late 1950s, with various workers on the top floor. The factory closed its doors in the early 1960s. About ten years later, both Nordbrygga and the neighbouring wharf were bought by the Sørnesen brothers from Ballstad, who ran a fish landing until the millennial turn. Nordbrygga was bought by the company Lofoten Adventures in 2014, which specializes in Midnight sun and Orca safaris.


In 2017, Lofoten International Art Festival will be held in Henningsvær – the first time in the biennial’s history. Read more

Henningsvær is one of Lofoten’s most traditional fishing villages, yet despite its history, it is still a lively and active community. Approximately 450 people live here year-round, spread out across islands and skerries that are linked by bridges and man-made jetties. During the most active period of cod fishing in the late 1800s, Henningsvær was not owned by squires from the county of Nordland. This provided conditions for massive participation in the fishing industry that came to be established here. There is still much activity during Lofoten’s fishing season, but Henningsvær has also become one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations and meeting places for people interested in nature and culture. The bridge to the mainland was not built until 1983, and this largely accounts for why the traditional architecture is so well preserved.


Heidi Ballet (left) and Milena Hoegsberg (right) Photo: Jan Zappner
Heidi Ballet (left) and Milena Hoegsberg (right) Photo: Jan Zappner

Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) is pleased to announce that Heidi Ballet and Milena Hoegsberg will curate the 2017 edition of the festival. Read more

Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) is pleased to announce that Heidi Ballet and Milena Hoegsberg will curate the 2017 edition of this unique art biennial festival, which takes place in Norway’s remote Lofoten Islands; an archipelago above the Arctic Circle. LIAF 2017 will open on September 1 2017.

Heidi Ballet and Milena Hoegsberg announced as the curatorial team of LIAF 2017

We are extremely happy to announce Heidi Ballet and Milena Hoegsberg as curators of LIAF 2017. Both have a solid background in developing visually strong and discursive projects. We really look forward to welcoming the world to Lofoten next year!
(Helga-Marie Nordby, Chair, LIAF Artistic Advisory Board)

The curatorial team about the concept:

We are very excited to curate the next edition of LIAF. The exhibition will propose a speculation about the near and distant future of the Lofoten archipelago, based on its position next to the Arctic and considering the fact that this is a territory of growing geopolitical importance. Continued melting of the ice caps in the Arctic will allow unprecedented access to underwater resources and will also open up an alternative shipping route that promises to shorten cargo travel between Hamburg and Shanghai by 30 percent.

In this project the ambition will be to move beyond a perspective that gives primary importance to the land by acknowledging oceanic space as an essential site of connectivity for trade currents that have historically defined political and economic relations in the world. Lofoten is a key part of this territory.

Heidi Ballet is an independent curator based in Berlin and Brussels. She is currently curator of the 2016 Satellite series at Jeu de Paume, Paris, and CAPC, Bordeaux, which includes solo exhibitions by Edgardo Aragon, Guan Xiao, Patrick Bernier and Olive Martin and Basim Magdy. Ballet is also preparing the research exhibition The Morality Reflex that will open at CAC Vilnius in September 2016. She curated the 2015 edition of Brussels Cologne Contemporaries and Let the Body be Electric, Let There be Whistleblowers, together with Anselm Franke, at Dan Gunn Gallery, Berlin (2014). Between 2013 and 2015 she worked as a research curator for the exhibition After Year Zero, presented at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, (2013) and the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art (2015). She was the assistant curator of the 2012 Taipei Biennial Modern Monsters, Death and Life of Fiction.

Milena Hoegsberg is Senior Curator at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK), Oslo, where she curated solo projects with Torbjørn Rødland, Lea Porsager, Pia Rönicke, Ann Cathrin November Høibo and Omer Fast, and the group exhibition Arbeidstid, accompanied by the publication Living Labor. She is the co-curator of Yayoi Kusama: In Infinity (2016) and Human Space Machine: Stage Experiments at the Bauhaus (2014). Hoegsberg is the editor of publications such as Josef Albers: No tricks no twinkling of the eyes (2014), Bauhaus in Norwegian (2014) and Shaped by Time (2012). At HOK, she initiated the three-year exhibition archive project A Pendaflex for the Future, a curatorial residency with the aim to produce writing on historical exhibitions and new curatorial knowledge. She is currently working on a group exhibition exploring virtuality and materiality, co-curated with Alex Klein, which opens at HOK in February 2017 and travels to the ICA Philadelphia.