Gitte Sætre comes from painting. Since the financial crisis in 2008/09, she has mainly worked without creating physical objects. Since the shit hit the fan, she has focused on artistic utterances in public space. Her body of work is characterized by the weight of contemporary society yet opens room for humor and quiet reflection. In 2021 she slowly started to produce work for galleries again. Simply because she missed it a lot.
Her ongoing performance series 'Woman Cleaning' goes all the way back to 2014. The series is a timely immediate, and quick responses to international politics where she clean sites of conflict. Lucked situations in need for a new beginning. The project started when she visited Israel and Palestine in 2014. Satre made the news when washing away shame with the Norwegian flag outside the Norwegian parliament at a time when HH Dalai Lama was visiting Norway. The HH was banished down the basement stairs to prevent the Norwegian salmon industry from losing more money on the Chinese market. So for nearly a decade, Gitte Sætre has been cleaning dirty politics to interrogate, rethink and scrub away shame, corruption, and political lies. She has cleaned the ocean, the weapon industry, the salmon industry, the immigration laws, the Norwegian oil and gas production, consumption and the case of Julian Assange.
Gitte Sætres is not afraid of either free speech or the banal. She is scared of no one listening, the fact that nobody cares enough to change and do something about it. Her practice and attitude come together in her signature work: One Person Protest, woman cleaning, and now the Global Amy of Cleaners.
In 2019-2021 she produced the Hybrid Web-TV series Are You Ready? Together with her partner, Frans Jacobi. A hybrid series by Gitte Sætre & Frans Jacobi in a self-invented genre called Climate Futurism. It depicts aspects of climate and environmental challenges. The main character of Are You Ready?, The Living Unliving Surveillance Poet is an unruly, ticklish dead tree resurrected from the waters below Ludwig Wittgenstein's cottage in the deepest of the deepest fjords of Norway.
For more information: areyouready.tv
Before this, Sætre worked on the dialogue-based Soups & Stories together with Katrine Meisfjord for many years - a community project based on dialogues methods inspired by the physicist David Bohm. for more info: meisfjord-satre.com. This project visited Russia, Iran and Palestine. We hope you will enjoy exploring her website. Please contact us for any questions.