Daniella van Dijk-Wennberg was born in 1966 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She is a master of fine arts from the University in Leiden.
Since 2001, Daniella van Dijk-Wennberg has been a curator of contemporary art at IKM (Intercultural Museum) in Oslo, now a department of the Oslo Museum. IKM collects and disseminates information on immigration, cultural diversity, religious history and equality in Norway, and organizes exhibitions and seminars regarding the same. IKM’s gallery is the main responsibility of Daniella van Dijk-Wennberg. The gallery exhibits immigrant artists living in Norway, as well as “ethnic” Norwegian artists. She is now the head of Interkulturelt Museum.
She was curator of the Agder Art Centre in Kristiansand 1997-1999, following two years as manager of Sørlandsutstillingen, the annual art exhibition of the three southernmost counties of Norway. She has also worked for the Arendal Kunstforening, renowned for its attention to the works of young contemporary artists.
Exhibitions curated by Van Dijk-Wennberg (which can be viewed at www.oslomuseum.no) include Laboratory – Juan Brito Vargas (2003); Woven together – Arts and Crafts in a Multicultural Context (also shown at the UN building in Geneva, 2004); Active Immigrant, Thierry Geoffroy / Colonel (2005); Manga (2005); Interactions, Alexander Grüner (2006). In 2008-09 she curated together with Bisi Silva and Marianne Hultman the exhibtion “Maputo: A Tale of One City” which as well travelled around Norway, and later on travelled back to Maputo and was shown as well in Harare.
Van Dijk-Wennberg was invited as a facilitator to work with African photographers at the International Art Photography Residency “On Independence and The Ambivalence of Promise” in Lagos, Nigeria 2010 (www.ccalagos.org). She has been a contributor to numerous periodicals and exhibition catalogues, as well as to books on art history, e.g. Struck by Lightning, An art historical introduction to electrical lighting design for the domestic interior, André Koch (Ed.), Rotterdam 1994.
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