Sissel Thastum, born in Denmark 1987, is educated at Fatamorgana, The Danish School of Art and Documentary Photography. She resumed her education at FAMU, Film and TV school of Performing Arts in Prague in 2011 and is a recent graduate from the department of Documentary Photography at The University of Wales, Newport.
She recently took part in the Wish You Were Here group exhibition at Ffotogallery in Cardiff, Wales and has been invited to exhibit at the Pingyao International Photography Festival 2014 in China.
She has been part of further exhibitions in Vancouver: FotoFilmic13, Prague: Gallery Kavarna Lucerna, Barouque fortress Terezín, Gallery Vlese and Denmark: Fatamorgana graduation exhibition, Copenhagen Photo Festival,The Silkeborg exhibition 2011, Kulturspinderiet, Copenhagen Art Fair.
In 2013 she received the Reginald Salisbury Travel Award toward the making of the work I am here when you are here. In 2012/13 she was received Marie Langhoff's Artist grant, Danish Photographic Society grant as well as Anna & Jens Grum’s grant, all towards her artistic studies.
In spring 2013 she founded the non-profit organization and artist residency; The Independent AIR. A recent European Capital of Culture Project created by young artists, encourages exchange and collaboration between emerging visual artists across national borders.