News : 2013/05

2013/05/24

The Central Asian Pavilion at the 55th Biennale di Venezia, presented by Ayatgali Tuleubek and Tiago Bom

Ikuru Kuwajima, Astana’s Winter Urbanscape, sample from series of photographs. Courtesy of the artist

OCA ANNOUNCES

'WINTER'

Curators: Ayatgali Tuleubek and Tiago Bom
Artists: Anton Rodin, Sergey Chutkov, Saodat Ismailova, Ikuru Kuwajima, Farukh Kuziev, Aza Shade

Exhibition Dates: 1 June – 24 November 2013

Palazzo Malipiero
San Marco 3079, 1st floor
Venice, Italy

Press Preview: 29 – 30 May 2013

http://www.cap2013.net/

Curators Ayatgali Tuleubek and Tiago Bom present the exhibition ‘WINTER’ as the official Central Asian representation at the 55th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia. The title is taken from a poem by Abay Qunanbaiuly, a poet and thinker from the 19th century with a great intellectual and influential legacy on the Central Asian region, through his work dealing with questions of social justice.

Tuleubek and Bom’s curatorial project for the exhibition aims to re-contextualise this poem into the current-day Central Asia. One of the questions raised by the exhibition is ‘How can the specificity of the local political and artistic context be approached in a way that transgresses common assumptions about authority and power?’

The curators state that ‘the project seeks to engage a variety of practices within the exhibition, the publication and a parallel programme of lectures, film screenings and conferences in Central Asia, Venice and Oslo. Our hope is to serve as a catalyst for a genuinely open public debate on issues such as the relation between art and power structures and its potential to have an impact on society’.

The works presented in the exhibition are by artists, poets, writers, activists and other cultural practitioners, selected through an open call, and are either born or based in Central Asia. The six participating artists come from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

The exhibition is the result of a project initiated by the US-based Open Society Foundation and the Dutch-based Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (Hivos) with the Oslo Academy of the Arts as an administrative supporter of the curatorial team.

For press inquiries and more information on this announcement please contact BUREAU N cap2013@bureau-n.de

About the Curators
Ayatgali Tuleubek (b.1985 in Zhambyl, Kazakhstan, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) holds a MFA from the Oslo Academy of the Arts. He has presented solo exhibitions at UKS in Oslo (2011) and Malmøgata Fine Arts Project Space in Oslo (2011). He has also been included in group exhibitions at the III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art in Moscow, Russia (2012), the National Center for Contemporary Art in St. Petersburg, Russia (2011) and the Delhi International Arts Festival in New Delhi, India (2010).

Tiago Bom (b.1986 in Lisbon, Portugal, lives and works in Oslo) holds a MFA from the Oslo Academy of the Arts. He has been included in exhibitions at the Centro Cultural Emmerico in Sines, Portugal (2011), the Museu do Oriente in Lisbon, Portugal (2009) and the EKA Sculpture Department Gallery in Tallinn, Estonia (2008).

Ayatgali Tuleubek and Tiago Bom’s participation in the Central Asian Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia has been supported by OCA’s International Support Programme.

ABOUT THE OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a foundation created by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a key contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.

2013/05/09

Mom & Jerry, Mercedes Mühleisen, Joar Nango and Tanya Busse at the Turku Biennial 2013

Joar Nango and Tanya Busse, Extracted Suggestions, 2013. Courtesy of the artists.

OCA ANNOUNCES

The participation of Mom & Jerry, Mercedes Mühleisen, Joar Nango and Tanya Busse at the Turku Biennial 2013

Exhibition Dates: 9 May–1 September 2013

www.turkubiennaali.fi, Turku, Finland

In the sixth edition of the Turku Biennial the participants have been invited to examine the concept of 'idyll'. The organisers state that ‘Today the word "idyll" is very close to becoming a cliché. It encompasses in equal measure irony and genuine escapism, a state of harmony to be aspired to. The word is charged with an enormous number of meanings; for some it is empty talk, for many it is something that has been lost forever’. The biennial will include fifteen artists and artist groups from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland, all presenting new works.

The artists have been selected by a group of seven curators, consisting of Silja Lehtonen, Johanna Lehto-Vahtera, Laura Boxberg and Eeva Holkeri from the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum in Turku. The invited curators are Karolin Tampere, Power Ekroth, Ellen Friis and Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir.

During the Turku Biennial the artist duo Mom & Jerry will present their video installation Can You Handle the Truth? Their work is grounded in their perception of the surroundings which functions as a stage for an ongoing protest and rebellion against the established art world. In the new piece the duo incorporates themselves and their life as being constant tourists to the location of the biennial as well as the art tourism that is created with such events.

Mercedes Mühleisen will present the video work The Philosopher’s Stool. It shows a distressed philosopher resting on top of a mountain while taking the audience on a journey back and forth through her mind. She is attempting to resolve the reason for her digestive problems, which she believes, are a result of philosophical misconceptions. The video goes into Mühleisen’s work of interest Mühlelsen construction of situations where the abstract has its own logic.

Extracted Suggestions is a project presented by artists Joar Nango and Tanya Busse. It consists of birch trees throughout the city of Turku with architectural add-ons used to extract syrup. The project deals with the symbolic aspects of the birch tree, its connections to economics and identity.

For press inquiries and more information on this announcement please contact Turku Biennial's PR Officer Paula Viitanen.

About the Artists
Mom & Jerry
The artist duo Mom & Jerry consists of artists Kjersti Vetterstad (b.1977 in Drammen, Norway, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) and Monica Winther (b.1976 in Bergen, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway). Vetterstad is a graduate from Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden with an MA in Art in the Public Realm and holds a BA from Bergen National Academy of the Arts. Winther has attended Oslo Fotokunst School and Strykejernet Art School in Oslo and holds a BA from the Bergen National Academy of the Arts. Mom & Jerry consider themselves living nomadic pieces of art. They see their surroundings as the stage for protest against established values and 'political correctness' in an attempt to criticise and mock the excluding, elitist and hierarchical structure of the 'high art machinery'. They have been presented at ISCP in New York, NY, USA (2008); at W139 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2012) and Øyafestivalen in Oslo (2010).

Mercedes Mühleisen
Mercedes Mühleisen (b.1983 in Austria, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) holds a BA from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. She has presented solo exhibitions at One Night Only, in Oslo and Galleri 21:25 in Oslo as well as being included in group shows at The Armory Show in New York, NY, USA (2012); Feil Forlag/W17 in Oslo (2012); Metricubi in Venice, Italy (2011) and UKS in Oslo (2009).

Joar Nango
Joar Nango (b.1979 in Alta, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) is an architect with a degree from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His work aims to explore the boundaries between architecture, design and visual art, relating to questions of indigenous identity through investigating the oppositions and contradictions in contemporary architecture. He has presented solo exhibitions at SDG in Karasjok, Norway (2011); Knipsu in Bergen, Norway (2012); Raum der Junge Kunste in Berlin, Germany (2010) and Gallery 161 in Halifax, Canada (2007).

Tanya Busse
Tanya Busse (b.1982 in Moncton, Canada, lives and works in Tromsø, Norway) holds a Fine Arts degree from NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her work focuses on the relationship between culture and nature. She is interested in themes related to aspects of identity, utopia, transformation and social change. She has presented solo exhibitions at the Center for Contemporary Photography in Toronto, Canada (2013); UKS in Oslo, Norway (2012) and Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax (2008).

OCA Support
Mom & Jerry, Mercedes Mühleisen, Joar Nango and Tanya Busse's participation at the Turku Biennial 2013 has been supported by OCAʼs International Support Programme.

ABOUT THE OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a foundation created by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a key contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.