International Support

Recipients : May 2011

Total number of applications: 75
Applications recieving grants: 42

International Biennials and Institutional Grants for Solo Exhibitions

D.O.R.

1 June – 27 November 2011
D.O.R. --
Kristian Øverland --
Sverre Gullesen
Steinar Haga Kristensen --

Gallery D.O.R., From Processology to Neo-Relationalism – chaos to consensus, performance at Osloo, 2011. Photo: Jon Ove Steihaug

Support provided to the Brussels, Belgium based artist collective D.O.R. for their participation in the Danish Pavilion at the 54th Biennale di Venezia as curated by Katerina Gregos under the title ‘Speech Matters’.  D.O.R., which consists of Kristian Øverland Dahl (b. 1968 in Asker, Norway, lives and works in Borgen, Norway), Sverre Gullesen (b. 1980 in Mo i Rana, Norway, lives and works in Brussels, Belgium) and Steinar Haga Kristensen (b. 1980 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Brussels, Belgium), describe their practice as ‘neo-relational’ or ‘in favour of the defeat of the logo-centrism of Western culture and a pragmatism restoring the importance of instinct to the work of art’. Curator: Katerina Gregos, independent curator based in Brussels and current curator of the Danish pavilion for the 54th Biennale di Venezia

Synnøve G. Wetten

16 – 19 June 2011
Synnøve G. Wetten Artist
Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art Biennale

Synnøve G. Wetten, Tribute to Tawakkul Karman, 2011. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of Synnøve G. Wetten (b. 1978 in Akershus, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in the Performative Excavation Programme at the Gothenburg International Biennale of Contemporary Art 2011. Wetten will contribute a social art project that engages with the locality and the geography of the city. According to the curators, ‘the Gothenburg Performative Excavations seek to explore and excavate Gothenburg’s significant vein of connections with the world and highlight them in an interplay with present day events and concerns’. The artist claims that her project ‘is an experiment on documentary performance’ in which she will gather a group of immigrant women to complete a political march through the city streets. Other participating artists include Örn Alexander Amundsson, Zarina Bhimji, Wim Botha, Matthew Buckingham, Chen Chieh-jen, Chimurenga and Yoel Diaz Vázquez, among others.
Curators: Sarat Maharaj, chief curator, with co-curators Stina Edblom, Gertrud Sandqvist and Dorothee Albrecht, curatorial team of the Gothenburg Biennial, Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg International Biennale of Contemporary Art (GIBCA)

17 – 19 June 2011
Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art --
Jana Winderen --

Support provided to Gothenburg International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Gothenburg, Sweden for Jana Winderen, (b. 1965 Bodø, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) and her participation in the three day performance programmme, ‘Pandemonium: Art in a Time of Creativity Fever’. Winderen will contribute to the festival with Survivors of the Water World - measuring pollution by sound in the River Göta Älv, a concert based on recordings of insects in the river Göta that flows through Gothenburg. The artist indicates that ‘by returning to a river or lake or area of the ocean over time you can also record the variations of the sound environment in the specific site, which will tell you about the life and the variation of life in the specific area’.
Curators: Sarat Maharaj, chief curator, with co-curators Stina Edblom, Gertrud Sandqvist and Dorothee Albrecht, curatorial team of the Gothenburg Biennial, Gothenburg, Sweden

Kunsthalle Fridericianum

24 June – 11 September 2011
Kunsthalle Fridericianum --
Gardar Eide Einarsson Artist

Gardar Eide Einarsson, Barricade (Los Angeles), 2011. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided to Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany for the solo exhibition ‘Power has a fragrance’ by Gardar Eide Einarsson (b. 1976 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway and New York, NY, USA). According to curator Reins Wolf, ‘Gardar Eide Einarsson creates a scenario that illustrates social conflicts between individuals and the societies in which they live and that focuses on authority and alienation. Paintings and a number of graphic works and prints interact with sculptures, light boxes and neon writing, as well as spacious installations.’ The exhibition is a collaborative project between the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway; the Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; and Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany, and is presented at each institution throughout 2010 and 2011. For the exhibition in Kassel, Gardar Eide Einarsson will produce a new billboard installation specifically for the Kassel exhibition.
Curator: Rein Wolfs, artistic director of Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany

Mette Tronvoll

26 June – 28 August 2011
Mette Tronvoll --

Mette Tronvoll, Dulamsuren and Cegmeddorj, 2004. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided to Mette Tronvoll (b. 1965 Trondheim, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) for a solo exhibition at the Haus am Waldsee, Berlin where she will show unpublished material from the last eight years. The artist states that ‘I always worked with seriality and this time I wish to break it up, to dissolve the serial element and make a more fluid connection between the images’. According to the curator, Tronvoll’s practice ‘is based on a great respect for her sitters and brings out traces of pure joie de vivre which shine forth in the moment of isolation and distance to modern event culture’.
Curator: Dr. Katja Blomberg, director, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany

Mahlet Ogbe Habte

10 September – 13 November 2011
Mahlet Ogbe Habte --
Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art --

Support provided for the participation of Mahlet Ogbe Habte (b.1972 in Asmara, Eritrea, lives and works in Bergen, Norway) to participate in the ‘Gothenburg International Biennale for Contemporary Art’ with her project Mushroom walk and Audiences cooking performance. According to the artist, she sought to gather ‘all the inspirations from my cooking experience and exhibit them by artistic means’ with the active participation of an audience. Other participating artists include Örn Alexander Amundsson, Zarina Bhimji, Wim Botha, Matthew Buckingham, Chen Chieh-jen, Chimurenga and Yoel Diaz Vázquez, among others.Curators: Sarat Maharaj, chief curator, with co-curators Stina Edblom, Gertrud Sandqvist and Dorothee Albrecht, curatorial team of the Gothenburg Biennial, Gothenburg, Sweden

Marte Eknæs

10 September – 16 October 2011
Marte Eknæs Artist

Marte Eknæs, Sainsbury sculpture proposal, 2011. Courtesy of the artist

Support has been provided for the first solo exhibition in London, UK, by Marte Eknæs (b. 1978 Elverum, Norway, lives and works in Berlin, Germany). ‘Escalate’ is the title of a site specific installation consisting of two and three dimensional works that, according to the curator, ‘explore and expand the idea of sculpture’. Connected through various manifestations of circular shapes and motion present in the looped video and mechanics of the escalator, the works come together in a multi-faceted formal investigation. By including urban planning elements designed for protection and control of our movement such as anti-slip tape, a bollard and a panic bar, ‘Eknæs raises issues of how devices and objects are used to shape behaviour in public space’. These features taken out of their original context are not only present in the exhibition as a political comment, but simultaneously claim their presence as sculptural objects.’ Curator: Wolfgang Tillmans, artist and director of Between Bridges, London, UK

12th Istanbul Biennial

17 September – 13 November 2011
Elmgreen & Dragset Artist Group
Istanbul Biennial Biennale

Elmgreen & Dragseth, The Incidental Self, 2006. Courtesy of the artists.

Support has been provided to the 12th Istanbul Biennial for the participation of Michael Elmgreen (b.1961 Copenhagen, Denmark lives and works in Oslo Norway and Berlin, Germany) and Ingar Dragset (b.1969 Trondheim, Norway, lives and works, Oslo, Norway and Berlin, Germany) at the 12th Istanbul Biennial with their work The Incidental Self. The curators describe the work as a ‘a large shelving system that occupies a wide wall space with 500 smaller framed photographs of various gay cultural and everyday life situations on display. The display references the standard family photo set-up found in almost any home around the world, but is exaggerated both in terms of quantity and in its definition of "family". The installation highlights alternative modes of living’. The 12th Istanbul Biennial will explore the relationship between art and politics, focusing on works that are both formally innovative and politically outspoken. Curators: Adriano Pedrosa, founding director of Programa Independente da Escola São Paulo (PIESP), Sao Paulo, Brazil and Jens Hoffmann, director, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA

Naoshi Okura

25 September – 16 November 2011
Naoshi Okura Curator
Kjersti Andvig --
Ane Graff --
Kim Hiorthøy --
Magnus Vatvedt --

Support provided to Naoshi Okura (b. 1977 Kobe, Japan lives and works Kobe, Japan) for the transport and insurance of art by Kjersti Andvig, Ane Graff, Kim Hiorthøy and Magnus Vatvedt in his project ‘VOID289’, which is organized as one of the official programmes of KOBE Biennale 2011. VOID289’ will function as a temporary art space where Okura intends to introduce contemporary and emerging artists from around the world. He states that the plan is ‘to hold several exhibitions as a project director during the biennale period and to construct a meeting place between global/local artists and audiences through this project’. Other participating artists TBA.
Curators: Naoshi Okura project director, VOID289, and co-curator Are Blytt, artist and curator based in Oslo, Norway, the Kobe Biennial 2011, Kobe, Japan

Are Blytt

1 October – 23 November 2011
Are Blytt

Support provided for the participation of Are Blytt (b. 1981 Bergen, Norway lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in the Kobe Biennale 2011 in Kobe, Japan. Are Blytt will contribute to the biennale as an artist, and as a co-curator of ‘VOID289’, which, according to the artist, ‘is a temporary space focusing on Scandinavian contemporary art’ for which Blytt will produce five paper works. According to curator Naoshi Okura, the goal of the biennale is ‘to build a meeting place between global and local artists and audience’. Other participating artists include Kjersti Andvig, Ane Graff, Kim Hiorthøy and Magnus Vatvedt.
Curator: Naoshi Okura, project director for ‘VOID289’, official project of the Kobe Biennial 2011, Kobe, Japan.

dOCUMENTA13

9 June – 16 September 2012
Åase Texmon Rygh Artist
Toril Johannessen Artist
documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH
Matias Faldbakken Artist

Support provided for the participation of Toril Johannessen (b.1978 in Trondheim, Norway, lives and works in Bergen, Norway), Matias Faldbakken (b. 1973 in Hobro, Denmark, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) and Åase Texmon Rygh (b.1925 in Troms, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) within dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany. Faldbakken will contribute with the publication series 100 Notes-100 Thoughts. Both Åase Texmon Rygh and Toril Johannesen will be a part of the constellation 'When you step inside it is filled with seeds'- a project that revolves around notions of biodiversity and ecology. According to curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, one of the main challenges is 'to move exhibition planning and presentation beyond a traditional format– from being an 'exhibition' to becoming a 'constellation' of interrelated temporalities, cultural fields, spaces, places, histories, artworks and other possibilities of engaging with art and the world at large'.
Curator: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director, Kassel, Germany

International Support

Endre Aalrust

1 – 31 May 2011
Endre Aalrust Artist

Endre Aalrust, Werenskiold, 2008. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided towards travel expenses for Endre Aalrust (b. 1973 Hamar, Norway, lives and works in Hamar, Norway and Berlin, Germany) to participate in the ’URRA residency programme’ in Buenos Aires, Argentina. According to the curator Melina Berkenwald, ‘URRA brings together a group of approximately 15 international visual artists to live and work in Buenos Aires city for the period of one month’. The residents will eventually participate in a group show at Gallery Del Infinite Arte opening 5 May, where there will be an extensive public self-presentation/panel discussion at Fundación PROA. The programme will culminate in an open studio event, where the public will be invited to see work produced during the project.
Curator: Melina Berkenwald, Director URRA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Anna Martine Nilsen

5 – 8 May 2011
Anna Martine Nilsen Artist

Anna Martine Nilsen, Mientras tanto en otro lugar (detail), 2011. Courtesy of the artist.

Support provided for the participation of Anna Martine Nilsen (b. 1974 Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in the event ‘Fase- Zona de prueba’, which will take place at the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 5–8 May. The artist will present the site-specific piece Mientras tanto en otro lugar made especially for ‘Fase’. The artist will also participate in a round table discussion during the event. According to the curator ‘Fase’ is a ‘compact and intense exhibition, conceived as a laboratory, a place that allows continuous experimentation, a test platform dominated by the idea of open work concluding with the experience and interaction of a new kind of audience’.
Curator: Graciela Taquini, curator, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hilde Methi

1 June –  2011
Hilde Methi

Support provided for the travel of Hilde Methi (b. 1970 in Kirkenes, Norway, lives and works in Kirkenes, Norway), a member of the curatorial platform Mobile Kultur Byrå (along with Kirsten Dufour and Ulrike Solbrig). The group will develop an exhibition at the YNKB, Copenhagen, Denmark and UQBAR, Berlin, Germany. At the YNKB in Copenhagen the title of the exhibition will be ‘Small Scale Trade’, and at UQBAR the title will be ‘Market Update – russianmarket.info – Mobile Kultur Byrå’. The group will also be having exhibitions in Norway at the Borderland Museum, Kirkenes, Norway and at the Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway. The curators indicate that they ‘envision Mobile Kultur Byrå as a flexible art platform that fosters small-scale cultural endeavors while simultaneously contemplating their own condition and situation as cultural producers’.
Curator: Jole Wilke, curator for the Uqbar, Berlin, Germany exhibition.

Lars Ramberg

2 – 26 June 2011
Lars Ramberg Artist

Lars Ramberg, Last Dying Speech, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.

Support provided for the participation of artist Lars Ramberg (b. 1964, Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) in the group exhibition ‘Critical Mass’ at TOK creative association of curators in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he will present his interactive sculpture Last Dying Speech. According to the artist, ‘the sculpture consists of 200 wooden manufactured soapboxes with burn marked texts presented as a large pile or pyramid. The artist allows the audience to ‘dismantle the pile by borrowing a box in order to perform their own Speakers Corner somewhere in the park’. Ramberg refers to the fact that ‘President Medvedev has called for a Speakers Corner in Moscow after visiting Hyde Park in 2009. So far it has not been realised, because of political resistance from the Duma’. Other participating artists include Kalle Purhonen, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Laura Feldberga, Lars Ramberg and Hrafnkell Sigurgsson. Curator: Anna Bitkina, founding director of Creative Association of Curators TOK, St. Petersburg, Russia

W139 artist foundation

16 June – 21 August 2011
W139 artist foundation Museum
Yngve Holen Artist

Yngve Holen, The Smart Frrridge, 2010. Photo: Rainer Iglar

Support provided to the W139 artist foundation, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for the participation of Yngve Holen (b.1982 in Braunschweig, Germany, lives and works in Stavanger, Norway and Berlin, Germany) in the exhibition ‘TruEYE surView’. According to curator Katja Novitskova, the exhibition will present two artists, Yngve Holen and the Dutch artist Anne de Vries, both working in a variety of media – mainly photography, sculpture and installation. The artists ‘will speculate on the emerging evolutionary traits of human agency and artistic expression in the world defined by perpetual ‘neo-materialist translation’ processes between matter and information’.
Curator: Katja Novitskova, independent artist and curator based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The FotoDepartament Foundation

20 June – 24 July 2011
The FotoDepartament Foundation Foundation
Morten Andersen Photographer

Morten Andersen, 'Black and Blue' installation view, 2011. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided to The FotoDepartament Foundation, Saint Petersburg, Russia for the retrospective exhibition ‘Black and Blue’ by photographer Morten Andersen (b. 1965 Lorenskog, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway). The exhibition will also contain new images from his forthcoming book about Oslo. The FotoDepartament Foundation is continuing its cultural and educational exchange that intends to develop further cooperation between photographers and photography related professionals from the Northern countries, and the Northwest region of Russia. Curator: Nadezhda Sheremetova, director, The Fotodepartment Foundation

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

23 June 2011
ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) Institute
Nils Bech Performer

Nils Bech. Photo: OCA / Vegard Kleven

Support provided to the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London, UK for  the presentation of a performance by Nils Bech, (b.1981 Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway). The ICA performance is related to Nils Bech’s forthcoming album, which explores ‘the healing process’ and the healing effect of different rituals. According to curator, Jamie Eastman ‘Nils Bech’s work and showmanship illustrates the hybridisation at play between art, music and dance today’. The performance is a part of a series of contemporary music happenings hosted by the ICA on Thursday evenings.
Curator: Jamie Eastman, Head of Live Program and Rhythm Section organizer at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, UK

Jan Freuchen

24 June – 29 July 2011
Jan Freuchen Artist

Jan Freuchen, (Works from) the Capgras Collection, 2007. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of Jan Freuchen (b. 1979 Stavanger, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in the group exhibition ’Rehearsal’ at Gallery NON in Istanbul, Turkey. The curator Nazli Gurlek explains that ’”Rehearsal” speaks to our psyche and urges us to reflect upon relationships between imaginary realities and real fictions, loss and appearance, obscurity and emergence’. Jan Freuchen will present his project  (Works from) the Capgras Collection. The artist states that ‘work consists of recognizable fragments from recent art history, mashed up into new hybrids’. The project was initiated in 2007 for the exhibition ‘Come Into the Open’ at 0047, Oslo. For the exhibition at Gallery NON, Freuchen will develop several new works under the same title and concept. Curator: Nazli Gurlek, independent curator and critic based in Istanbul, Turkey

Human Resources

24 June – 2 July 2011
Human Resources Project Space
Synnøve G. Wetten Artist
Fine Art Union Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Annette Stav Johanssen Artist

Synnøve G. Wetten, Ideological hacking, Stills from video, 2010. Courtesy of the Artist

Support provided to Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA, USA for the participation of Fine Art Union, a performance duo consisting of Synnøve G. Wetten (b. 1978 Akershus, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) and Annette Stav Johannesen (b. 1979, Kristiansand, Norway lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in the group exhibition ‘Queering Sex’ at Human Resources. Fine Art Union will present their project Demo Demonstration. ‘Queering Sex’ will present performances and videos by artists who deal with issues of gender and sexuality, thus considering how artists across generations use sex as a way to understand and explore what lies at the core of one’s identity. According to curator Sarvia Jasso ‘Fine Art Union’s progressive stance on feminism, gender and queer politics not only aligns them with the other artists, but their unique voice will undoubtedly have a profound impact in “Queering Sex” because Demo Demonstration is the kind of project that is both engaging and critical’. Other participating artists include Theo Adams, Skip Arnold, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Kathryn Garcia, Kalup Linzy, and Lovett/Codagnone, among others.
Curator: Sarvia Jasso, independent curator, lives and works in New York, USA and Kathryn Garcia, artist and co-organizer, lives and works in New York, USA

Bjørn Hegart

3 July 2011
Bjørn Hegardt Artist

Support provided towards travel and accommodation for Bjørn Hegardt (b. 1974 Ørebro, Sweden lives and works in Berlin, Germany) who will present Fukt Magazine-for contemporary drawing at PrintRoom, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Hegart will present the magazine together with a selection of drawings from the contributors. According to the artist, ’the display will be set up as an installation together with the publications’. In connection with the exhibition there will also be an artist talk/lecture concerning Hegart´s artistic practice and the publishing project. In addition, the new issue of Fukt number 10 will be launched.
Curator: Karin de Jong and Ewoud van Rijn directors of PrintRoom, Rotterdam

Sissel Tolaas

24 July – 7 November 2011
Sissel Tolaas Artist

Sissel Tolaas, Without border BERLIN, 2004-2011. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the participation of Sissel Tolaas (b. 1961 Stavanger, Norway, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) in the group exhibition ‘TALK TO ME’ at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA. She will present her work BERLIN, smellresearchproject 2004-2011. Tolaas has done extensive research on the local smell identity of four different areas of Berlin. She states that ‘the four individual areas were carefully analysed for characteristics in aspect of a local smell identity for each site’. She goes on to explain that ‘In our society, at least, smell is too underdeveloped a sense for it to speak for itself, despite the claims of perfume ads’. The results of the analyses will lead to the development of a vocabulary that will be used in the presentation of the project.  Other participating artists include Mayo Nissen, Electronic Ink, Evan Roth, Emily Read and Chen Hsu, among others.
Curator: Paola Anton Elli Senior, curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Rachel Dagnall

28 July – 25 September 2011
Rachel Dagnall Artist

Tatlin's Tower and The World - A Batik Textile made in Ghana by Henry VIII's Wives (detail), 2010. Commissioned for the Whitechapel Gallery, UK. Courtesy of the artists www.tatlinstowerandtheworld.net

Support provided for Rachel Dagnall (b. 1972 in Liverpool, UK, lives and works in Nesoddtangen, Norway) in the context of the artist group Henry VIII´s Wives, to participate in the group exhibition ‘A Future Pump House’ at the Pumphouse Gallery, London, UK.  Due to funding cuts, the Pumphouse, along with many other galleries, has been forced to make significant changes as a result of the spending review. Henry VIII’s Wives intends to make a site-specific work, which, according to Dagnall, will function as ‘an artistic evaluation of the current economic political situation in the UK for galleries, museums and art institutions and a consideration of their future roles’. Other participating artists include Jonathan Allen, Simon Faithfull, Thomas Kilpper, Christian Jankowski, Bik van der Pol and Richard Wentworth.
Curator: Nick Aikens, independent curator and writer based in London, UK

Los Angeles Nomadic Division

15 August 2011 – 1 January 2012
Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) Art Initiative
Matias Faldbakken --

Matias Faldbakken, Untitled (Slayer Upon Slayer Upon Slayer), 2007. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided to Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), Los Angeles, CA, USA for the participation of Matias Faldbakken (b.1973 in Hobro, Denmark, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in ‘Nothing Besides Remains’, a large-scale, site and situation specific exhibition in Marfa, Texas. The exhibition comprises a series of public projects. Faldbakken will present FREIGHT TRAIN SCULPTURE, a project that will be pushed off a freight train in motion.  Faldbakken indicates that ‘the train cutting through the city (day and night) was one of the most impressive things about Marfa and I immediately thought of somehow borrowing that image in order to try to lend it to an artwork’. The idea is for the sculpture to be pushed off the train at night, when no one or few people will see it.
Curator: Shamim M. Momin, curator and director of Los Angeles Nomadic Division.

Den Frie Udstillingsbygning

17 – 24 August 2011
Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art Museum
Tori Wrånes

Tori Wrånes, Everyone's got something great, 2010. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided to the Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark, for the participation of Tori Wrånes (b. 1978 in Kristiansand, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in the festival ‘PERFORMANCE-ART’. According to the curators, ‘PERFORMANCE-ART aims to explore the different expressions of the field in four categories: Production, Live Performance, Documentation and Remake, through shows, exhibitions and a seminar’. Tori Wrånes will participate in the Live Performance category. Other participating artists include Leif Holmstrand, Klara Hobza, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen and Frederik Auster, among others.
Curators: Kirse Junge-Stevnsborg, artistic director, Malene Natascha Ratcliffe, director of development, Marie Thams, event coordinator, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning.

4th Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg

10 September – 6 November 2011
4th Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg --
Torbjørn Rødland Photographer

Torbjørn Rødland, Brutal Devotion no. 2, 2008. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided to the 4th Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg, Germany, for the participation of Torbjørn Rødland (b. 1970 in Stavanger, Norway, lives and works in Los Angeles, USA and Oslo, Norway) in the exhibition ‘THE EYE IS A LONELY HUNTER’. The 4th Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg’s project description states that the theme ‘unfolds as a photographic testimony of insights into all the stages of life from birth to coming of age, adulthood, old age, and death’. Further ‘The Festival will organise artist-talks, discussions and screenings.’ According to curators Solvej Helweg Ovesen and Katerina Gregos ‘Rødland has been making work that baffles, finding commonality between nudists, priests, Nordic landscapes and curious still-lifes of food, such as one of George W. Bush's favourite things: Diet Coke, tortilla chips, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Häagen-Dazs "Pralines & Cream" and Field of Dreams’.
Curators: Katerina Gregos, independent art historian and museologist, specialised in lens-based media, based in Brussels, Belgium and Solvej Helweg Ovesen, independent curator and cultural studies theoretician based in Berlin and Copenhagen.

Kunstmuseum Bern

13 September 2011 – 8 January 2012
Kunstmuseum Bern Museum
Knut Henrik Henriksen --

Knut Henrik Henriksen, l'heure bleue, 2010, permanent installation, Høgskolen i Vestfold, Norway.

Support provided to Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland for Knut Henrik Henriksen’s (b.1970 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) participation in the group exhibition ‘Rectangle and square: From Picasso to Judd’. Henriksen will present A Story about the Sun, the Moon and the Water Leak, a special site-specific project in dialogue with the other works and artists of the Rupf Collection. According to curator Susanne Friedli ’Knut Henrik Henriksen is – because of his interest and his closeness with abstract and constructivist art – a perfect “partner” to develop and realize a project like this.’ Henriksens idea is to work a certain location in the museum, temporary installed walls that cover the two only windows in the Museum.
Curator; Susanne Friedli, manager and curator at the Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland

Printemps de Septembre

23 September – 16 October 2011
Printemps de Septembre Contemporaray Art Festival
Fredrik Værslev Artist
Matias Faldbakken Artist

Fredrik Vaerslev, Untitled (Terrazzo Painting), 2010. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided to the contemporary art festival Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, France for the participation of Fredrik Vaerslev (b. 1979 Moss, Norway, lives and works in Drøbak, Norway) and Matias Faldbakken (b. 1973 in Hobro, Denmark, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in the group exhibition ‘D’un autre monde’. According to the curator, ‘the artists chosen to participate in this exhibition all have in common a tendency not to represent the world as it is, but to propose abstract, imaginary universes that are anchored in an elsewhere, or otherwise’. The exhibition will be dispersed across the city, and also in its environs. Artists who are chosen for the exhibition work in various techniques, as they are painters, sculptors, performance and video artists who present wide possibilities of expression. Other participating artists include Ei Arakawa, Karla Black, Joe Bradley and Roberto Cuoghi, among others.
Curator: Anne Pontegnie, Artistic Director, Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, France

Grazer Kunstverein

24 September – 7 December 2011
Grazer Kunstverein Museum
Helene Sommer --

Helene Sommer, A Tale of Stone and Wood, video still, 2009. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided to Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria for the participation of Helene Sommer (b. 1978 Oslo, Norway, lives and works Oslo, Norway and Berlin, Germany) in the international group exhibition ‘Public Folklore’. The exhibition will question the function of folklorism within nationalist politics. According to curator Søren Grammel, ‘the project is pivotal and necessary now because a constantly increasing tendency to national self-construction has been evident in culture and politics in all the countries of Europe for several years’. The works included in ‘Public Folklore’ will critically explore the phenomena of folklore in current politics, media, tourism, popular culture and commercialism. Sommer will present A Tale of Stone and Wood, which she describes as ‘more than relevant for the concept of the show as it examines the role of film production in the construction of history, national identity and collective memory’. Other participating artists include Eva Arnqvist, Annika Eriksson, Roza El-Hassan, Andreas Fogarasi, Folk Archive / Jeremy Deller  and Alan Kane, among others.
Curator: Søren Grammel, artistic director, Grazer Kunstverein; Graz, Austria

Øystein Aasan

30 September – 20 November 2011
Øystein Aasan --

Øystein Aasan, All fun and games (until someone looses an eye) installation view, Forde, Geneva, 2011. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for Øystein Aasan (b. 1977 Kristiansand, Norway, lives and works in Berlin Germany) to participate within the group exhibition ‘Totem and Taboo’ at Museum Quartier, Vienna, Austria with his project LORD MELODY. The work is an assembly of acoustic platforms that are made with the intension to create a diffusion of the ambient sounds in the rooms of the Museum Quartier. According to the artist, ‘the platforms are brought forward equally as a conceptual idea, as well as underlining the functional aspect, with the changes it makes to the ambient sound of the space. This change is constituted on two levels, one in terms of acoustics and thereby changing the architecture and one visual also changing the architecture and the display of the works in the exhibition’. Other participating artists include Stephane Barbier Bouvet, Paolo Chiasera, Jan De Cock, Martino Gamper, Jeppe Hein, Lisa Lapinski and Rodney LaTourelle, among others.
Curator: Dr. Elena Aguido, a member of the curatorial team of Museum Quartier, Vienna, Austria

Bodil Furu

5 November – 11 December 2011
Bodil Furu Artist

Bodil Furu, still from Zero, 2009. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for Bodil Furu (b.1976 Askim, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) towards travel and accommodation related to her participation in the exhibition ‘Nordic Art Today’ which takes place at Loft Project Etazhi, in St. Petersburg, Russia, November 2011. The Norwegian curator Kari Brandtzæg has selected Furu´s work Zero (2009) for inclusion in the exhibition. According to the artist, ‘Nordic Art Today’ is a ‘collaborative project between curators and artists from Nordic countries and North West of Russia. The main focus of the project is to discover curatorial and artistic reflections on the most challenging social issues that the Nordic region faces in the first decade of the 21st century’. The exhibition is curated by an international curatorial team: Birta Gudjonsdottir (Iceland), Anna Bitkina (Russia), Power Ekroth (Sweden), Aura Seikkula (Finland) and Simon Sheikh (Denmark). Project 'Nordic Art Today' is initiated and organised by Creative Association of Curators TOK, St Petersburg

Nav Haq

9 December 2011 – 19 February 2012
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Miho Shimizu --
Arnolfini --

Peanut Sofa installed in the 'Danger Museum: Recycled' exhibition at UKS gallery, Oslo, 2008

Support provided for the participation of Danger Museum consisting of Øyvind Renberg (b.1976 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) and Miho Shimizu (b.1976 in Tokyo, Japan, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) in the group exhibition ‘Museum Show: Part 2’ at Arnolfini, Bristol, UK. According to the artists, ‘Danger Museum will approach their participation in the 'Museum Show: Part 2' with the creation of a mini-retrospective’. According to curator Nav Haq, 'Museum Show’ will be ‘a large-scale exhibition – a museum of museums – displaying this comprehensive selection of highly idiosyncratic, fictional institutions’.
Curator: Nav Haq, curator, Arnolfini, Bristol ,UK

Dubravka Duba Sambolec

26 January – 30 March 2012
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Sambolec Dubravka, The Last block on Our Way #1, Drawing for sculpture, 2010. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for the realisation of three solo exhibitions by Dubravka Duba Sambolec (b. 1949 Ljubljana, Slovenia, lives and works in Oslo, Norway). The exhibitions will be held in three different non-profit galleries: ŠKUC Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Celje, Slovenia (2012) and Croatian Artists Association, Zagreb, Croatia (2013). According to the artist, ‘the installation of the exhibitions will take form in concentrated areas of works with large empty spaces between them and will be reminiscent of different territories’. Dubravka goes on to state that ‘the project comprises textual drawings printed on the indoor banner media, drawings, wall pieces, sculptures, neon text and video performance’. Curator for the three solo-exhibitions: Ursa Jurmann, independent, curator, critic, editor, researcher and organizer in the field of visual arts, based in Ljubljana, Slovenia

International Support with 03–funding

Art Video Exchange

3 – 4 June 2011
Art Video Exchange International Exchange Programme

Eli Souaiby, still from Wired, 2011. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided to the Art Video Exchange (AVE), a two-day international exchange programme hosted by Atopia, for the participation of Igor Bošnjak (b. 1981 in Sarajevo, Bosnia, lives and works in Trebinje, Bosnia) and Elie Souaiby (b. 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon, lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon). According to AVE, their goal is to ‘foster a greater appreciation of video art and an exchange of ideas between artists, curators and audiences worldwide’. As a nomadic programme, AVE does not have a dedicated space so they rely instead on collaborations with different organisations and spaces. For the AVE programme at Atopia, eight artists/curators have been invited from Lebanon, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Russia, USA, Hong Kong, Sweden and Norway. Curator: Mona Bentzen, artist and organizer, Art Video Exchange, Oslo.

Punkt Ø AS

18 June – 2 October 2011
Punkt Ø AS Gallery

Naeem Mohaiemen, The Young Man Was No Longer A..., 2006-2011. Courtesy of the artist

Support provided for Naeem Mohaiemen (b. 1969 in London, UK, lives and works in Dhaka, Bangladesh and New York, NY, USA) at the 6th Momentum Biennial titled ‘Imagine Being Here Now’. For the exhibition, Naeem Mohaiemen has been invited to continue and develop his latest project ‘The Young Man Was No Longer A...’. According to the curators, ‘Mohaiemen uses text, photo, video and archives to explore histories of the international left, utopia/dystopia slippage, post-partition South Asia, and globally interlinked security panic. Working between two countries, Mohaiemen sometimes explores the contradictions between Bengalis in marginal migrant status, and majoritarian (and authoritarian) roles in their own country’.
Curators: Markús Þór Andrésson, independent curator, writer and documentary filmmaker, based in Reykjavik, Iceland; Theodor Ringborg, artistic director of Milliken Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden; Aura Seikkula, currently a PhD student fellow at the Finnish Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences, Helsinki, Finland; Christian Skovbjerg Jensen, freelance curator and writer based in Copenhagen, Denmark; and Marianne Zamecznik, independent curator, exhibition designer and writer, based in Berlin, Germany.

SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum

25 June – 25 September 2011
SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum

Support provided for Milena Bonilla's (b. 1975 in Bogotá, Colombia, lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands) participation in the ongoing series ‘Opus Incertum' in the group exhibition titled ‘Screaming From The Mountain’ at Sørlandets Kunstmuseum. According to the museum, ’”Opus Incertum” is a series of installations where works by artists from near and far are set into a dialogue with our own collection’. Previously invited artists include Cho Duck Hyun and Rhee Ki Bong (South Korea) and the Danish collective A Kassen. The curator Pontus Kyander states that Bonilla will ‘contribute several series from her previous collection and produce a new work for the third installment of “Opus Incertum”’.
Curator: Pontus Kyander, director, SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum

Mari Meen Halsøy

1 – 2 October 2011
Mari Meen Halsøy Artist

Beit Beirut. Photographer unknown.

Support provided to Mari Meen Halsøy (b. 1978 in Porsgrunn, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) for her participation in the Beirut Street Festival 2011 with the performance A Perfectly Safe Hide-out. According Halsøy, the work draws upon ‘questions and situations inspired by “real life” conditions, politics, social structures and (hi)stories of society’. Together with Sara Christophersen and Helle Siljeholm she has created a site-specific performance combining dance, visual art and music in which she attempts to ‘heal the wounds from the war with tapestry’. The project will show in the Barakat Building/Beit Beirut on 1 and 2 October 2011. Built in 1924, Beit Beirut used to house upper middle class families until the outbreak of the civil war in 1975, when it became a vantage point for snipers due to its strategic location on the dividing ‘Green Line’. In 1997 it was sentenced for demolition, but was saved in 2003 by the efforts of officials, architects, heritage activists, journalists and NGOs. This is the first and last time a performance is being staged in the building, which is scheduled for restoration to accommodate the ’Museum of Memory’, tracing the 7000-year history of the city. According to the artist, 'the ravaged location can be read as a symbol of the wounds, stories and experiences of the city's people. The tapestries, some of which are designed to fit and mounted in the building's wounds, could in this context be conceived as a gesture to heal and repair the impact of war’. The Beirut Street Festival 2011 is curated by director Moustapha Yamouth.