Using archival and historical imagery, Orupabo's collaged, photographic portraits and video works explore race, ender and familial identites. 

As a sociologist, Orupabo's artistic practice investigates societal facets, often through revisiting historically colonial imagery. The produced works take on fragmented and at times unsettling forms that regularly present Black female figures, urging viewers to reconsider the perceived neutrality of archival imagery.


Frida Orupabo lives and works in Oslo. Having begun her professional life as a sociologist, her practice examines notions of race, familial relations, sexuality, gender, identity, and violence. Her multidisciplinary practice excavates colonial archives and other digital sources to amass her materials of dispossessed imagery. By splicing and combining these depictions, she brings into question the mutability of identities, delicately bound by fragmented components. The temporal aspect of these photographs addresses how past depictions inform contemporary images, and how the two are intertwined. 


Solo exhibitions of her work include Kunsthall Trondheim, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Galerie Nordenhake, Stevenson, and Kunstnernes Hus. Selected group exhibitions include the Jewish Museum, New York; the Royal Academy of Arts, London; and the Museum für Gegenwartkunst Siegen, Germany. Orupabo was included in the 2019 Venice Biennale and the 2021 São Paulo Biennial. Her work is in the collections of The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo; Huis Marseilles, Amsterdam; KADIST Foundation, Paris / San Francisco; LACMA, Los Angeles; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; National Museum, Oslo; NKIM / Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim; Perez Art Museum, Miami; Preus Museum, Oslo; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Turku Art Museum, Turku; Alexander Tutsek Foundation, Munich; Dean Collection, New York and Marieluise Hessel Foundation, New York.