Bettina Camilla Vestergaard is a visual artist and educator residing in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In her art projects she works with a reflexive approach to the documentary tradition. Photography and its representation play a central role in her works, examining the gaze as a cultural construct, as well as challenging the boundary between reality and fiction. The encounter and interpretation of the foreign and unknown is an ongoing subject of investigation in Vestergaard's projects and she regards the aesthetic as a framework that can open up dialogue across differences.
Her work has been featured in an array of exhibitions in Denmark and abroad at institutions including Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen (DK), Momentum – Biennial for Nordic Contemporary Art in Moss (NO), CCA – Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Art (SCO), Munich City Museum (DE), BRANDTS - Museum of Art and Visual Culture (DK), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde (DK) and MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles (US). She has published on Ashgate Publishing (UK) and Space Poetry (DK).
Vestergaard has received several grants from The Danish Arts Foundation in whose public collection her work is represented, and she has been awarded artist residencies in Los Angeles, Hanoi and Cairo. For four years she was member of board of directors - Copenhagen Visual Arts Foundation, Denmark and she has served a number of trust positions in artist committees around Denmark.
As part of her practice, Vestergaard passes on her interests, knowledge and experiences through lectures and teaching. She has taught and lectured at the Art Academy Munich, Jutland Art Academy Aarhus, Copenhagen University, Malmö Konsthal and several preparatory schools for young talents around Denmark.
Vestergaard earned her MFA from Malmö Konsthögskola, Lunds University, Sweden (2000-05) and Interdisciplinary Studio by Professor Mary Kelly, University of California, Los Angeles (2004). From 1997 - 2000 she studied at Jutland Art Academy, Aarhus, Denmark.
Selected texts and articles about Bettina Camilla Vestergaard’s work
The Ruin Reappears (text in English)
By art historian Maibritt Borgen, 2016
Text published in the book As I Wander Through the Park by Bettina Camilla H. Vestergaard / Space Poetry
Ruinens Genkomst (text in Danish)
Af kunsthistoriker Maibritt Borgen, 2016
Tekst udgivet i bogen Som Jeg Går Gennem Parken af Bettina Camilla H. Vestergaard / Space Poetry
Notes on the Most Beautiful (text in German)
By art historian Dufhues, Stefanie, 2013
Text published in the exhibition catalogue Photodoks Stranger World, Munich, Germany
Kridtstregen (text in Danish)
By journalist Poul Pilgaard Johnsen, 2010
Article in the Danish newspaper Weekendavisen
In exhibition catalogues
What History Forgot (text in English)
By Ulla Angkjær Jørgensen og Birgitte Ejdrup Kristensen, 2015
Catalogue text for the exhibition Women Forward! at Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde, Denmark
Historiske Forglemmelser (text in Danish)
Af Ulla Angkjær Jørgensen og Birgitte Ejdrup Kristensen, 2015
Katalogtekst til udstillingen Kvinder Frem! Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde