MFA students at The Academy of Fine Art at KHIO have conventionally been examined in a group exhibition at the end of their studies*. This academic year, and for the first time, the final year Master students will present individual projects in different spaces at KHIO and around Oslo. These 15 newly developed projects will be diverse in form and will take place at different times during the spring semester. Some of the projects will open simultaneously so that audiences can experience up to five presentations at the same time. * The graduating students will still take part in a curated group exhibition at Kunstnernes Hus in April 2021. This exhibition, however, will no longer be their final exam.
24–27 Mar 2021 (18:30–21:00)
Skylight, KHiO
Alex Achtem / The Stick That Turned Into A Rock

A warm welcome to my graduation exhibition.
Running March 24nd to 27th

A story about a stick. . and a rock too.

"Continuing down the mountain, I snaked along the path as the fog moved through the various valleys, concealing and revealing until it decided to fully saturate the view. I carried on. Much of the route was marked by an obvious foot path. Where there were only stones and no soil, rocks were stacked in small piles by other hikers. Commonly known in Western culture as “Cairns,” in northern Canada the Inuit First Nations people call them “inuksuk:” piles of rocks that mark points and in this situation for navigation. These are the rocks which ultimately saved me from losing myself in the fog. Stacks that I could just see in the distance. Precariously balanced, fragile but constant. Some had fallen, but most continued to stand through the seasons. How had the piles survived these long hard winters with such grace and dignity? I could learn so much from these rocks. Would they tell me their secrets? Thinking back on the year, I had barely survived. Feeling as though I was often tumbling down a mountain side, but I too, like the rocks, was still standing. Maybe I had become more of a rock than I had initially thought. Navigating from pile to pile, I edged my way through the rocky patches and further down the mountain".

- Excerpt from gallery text

The exhibition is best seen in the dark. The gallery will be open from 18.30-21 every evening by appointment. Please send an email to and you will receive a link to an online booking system. Due to covid-19 measures, the exhibition cannot be open to external visitors.

A big thanks to Greg Pope for his technical assistance and to Sara Liv Hermansson for crewing our two-women film shoot.


Alex Achtem