News : 2014/09

Norway Focus at the NY Art Book Fair

Published 2014/09/17

Eline Mugaas and Elise Storsveen, ALBUM (2008–14).
Courtesy of the artists


'Norway Focus: Kunstnerbøker'
at the NY Art Book Fair

22-25 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101

26–28 September 2014
Preview: Wednesday, 25 September / 18:00–21:00

As part of the NY Art Book Fair 2014, Printed Matter presents ‘Norway Focus: Kunstnerbøker’, a curated selection of Norwegian booksellers, institutions, artists and independent publishers, accompanied by talks, presentations and artist interventions.

Exhibitors within Norway Focus include: ALBUM, Apis Press, Bergen Art Book Fair + Bergen Zines, Bergen Kunsthall / INK, Cornerkiosk press, Entrée, Feil Forlag, FRANK, Fukt Magazine, HEAVY Books, Henie Onstad Art Centre, Hordaland Art Centre, Jessica Williams + Friends, Kuk & Parfyme, Kunsthall Oslo, Kurt Johannessen, Morten Andersen / Shadowlab, Multipress, RoboPrint, Sturla Heggdalsvik – ROV Publication Series, Teknisk Industri AS, Torpedo Bookshop / Torpedo Press, Trollkrem, Young Artists Society (UKS), VECTOR Artists Journal and VI, VII.

The annual NY Art Book Fair is the world’s largest event for artists’ books, catalogues, monographs, periodicals and zines. The ninth edition will present more than 350 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from 28 countries. For more information, please click here or here.

The NY Art Book Fair 2014 has been curated by Shannon Michael Cane and coordinated by Jordan Nassar. Norway Focus has been coordinated by Randi Grov Berger. It has been generously supported by the Norwegian Consulate General in New York, and through OCA’s International Support Programme.

Office for Contemporary Art Norway 

OCA is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in Autumn 2001 with the aim of developing collaboration projects in the cultural field between Norway and the international arts scene. The foundation aims to become one of the main organs in the contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as exhibitions, seminars, publications, as well as by providing support to Norwegian artists for their activities on the international art arena.

OCA Pop-Up in Kirkenes and Tromsø

Published 2014/09/11

From Anne-Karin Furunes' presentation at OCA Pop-Up Trondheim 22 May 2014. Photo: Trondheim Kunstmuseum / Marius Meli

Norsk versjon


OCA Pop-Up in collaboration with Pikene på Broen
Ofelas, Dr. Wessels gate 3,
9900 Kirkenes
Thursday 2 October 2014, 19:00

OCA Pop-Up at Northern Norway Art Museum
presenting Bodil Furu as guest artist
Sjøgata 1, 9260 Tromsø
Friday 3 October 2014, 17:00

OCA has the pleasure to announce the second and third Pop-Up meetings on 2 and 3 October 2014. The OCA Pop-Up meetings form part of OCA’s focus to reach out to art communities in cities outside the capital, such as Trondheim, Kirkenes, Tromsø, Bergen and Stavanger, in collaboration with local art institutions and guest artists.

OCA Pop-Up Kirkenes is organised in collaboration with Pikene på Broen, a collective of curators and producers based in Kirkenes in northeast Norway, close to the borders of Russia and Finland. For the first part of the meeting, OCA will give a presentation of its tools and activities. Part two will consist of a talk by artistic director Andreas Hoffman and general manager Inger Blix Kvammen from Barents Spektakel. They will speak about the curatorial concept for the next Barents Spektakel 2015, and present one of Pikene på Broen’s Russian cooperation partners, the Arkhangelsk International Culture Center, represented by Cornelius Stiefenhofer. Further, one of Pikene på Broen’s present curators in residence, Beate Rathmayr from Linz, Austria, will speak about her experiences related to her stay in Northern Norway.

OCA Pop-Up Tromsø is organised in collaboration with Northern Norway Art Museum. After the initial presentation of OCA’s various support programmes, artist Bodil Furu will share some of her experiences from the international art arena. The event coincides with Kulturnatta Tromsø (Culture Night Tromsø), bringing together more than 30 contributors from the city’s cultural field.

The OCA Pop-Ups have been designed in order to connect with local art communities throughout the country, present OCA's activities, facilitate the use of OCA as a tool for art professionals in their internationalisation process, as well as further the transmission of information on the dynamics of the international art world. The aim of OCA Pop-Up is to strengthen the position of OCA as a discussion partner with art communities nationwide. The first OCA Pop-Up was held in collaboration with Trondheim Kunstmuseum on 22 May 2014.

For more information, please contact Tara Ishizuka Hassel.

About Bodil Furu
Bodil Furu (1976) lives and works in Oslo, Norway. She graduated from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2002. Her films have been shown at MoMA, New York, NY, USA; the International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey; the 4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art (Germany, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland); the Busan Biennale 2007, Busan, South Korea; Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa; Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany; the Lubumbashi Biennale 2013, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo; Moscow Documentary Film Festival, Russia; Montreal Short Film Festival, Canada; Tromsø International Film Festival, Norway; and at the Biennale of Sydney 2014, Australia. From December 2014 Furu will be the resident artist at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin as part of OCA’s International Residencies Programme. She worked as an associate professor at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts from 2006 to 2008, and at the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art from 2008 to 2011.

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
OCA is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in Autumn 2001 with the aim of developing collaboration projects in the cultural field between Norway and the international arts scene. The foundation aims to become one of the main organs in the contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as exhibitions, seminars, publications, as well as by providing support to Norwegian artists for their activities on the international art arena.



FRANK, Volt, Per-Oskar Leu and Hanna Horsberg Hansen in `MANIFESTA 10 On Board'

Published 2014/09/04


The participation of FRANK (Sille Storihle and Liv Bugge), Volt (Marie Nerland), Per-Oskar Leu and Hanna Horsberg Hansen in

‘MANIFESTA 10 On Board’
Tuesday 7–Saturday 11 October 2014
Departing with an overnight ferry trip from Helsinki to St. Petersburg

OCA announces the Norwegian participation in ‘MANIFESTA 10 On Board’, a collaborative project that takes the overnight ferry route across the Baltic Sea from Helsinki, Finland towards MANIFESTA 10 in St Petersburg, Russia, as the starting point to generate a dialogue between the Nordic, Baltic region and Russia. Norwegian artists and intellectuals to take part in the programme include Sille Storihle and Liv Bugge (founders of the Oslo-based platform FRANK), curator Marie Nerland (Volt, Bergen), artist Per-Oskar Leu and associate professor Hanna Horsberg Hansen (UiT, The Artic University of Norway).

Reaching beyond the borders of St. Petersburg, ‘MANIFESTA 10 On Board’ has been designed by MANIFESTA 10 in collaboration with Frame Visual Art Finland, Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia and the Office for Contemporary Art Norway. This 'floating seminar' points literally to the fluidity of borderlines and provides a concentrated space for dialogue and exchange between art professionals and art students. Leading artists, curators, and writers from Russia and Europe will present their work and launch provocative discussions related to censorship/self-censorship, facilitate a dialogue about shared and divergent challenges as well as their effect on cross-cultural exchange and collaboration. Among the issues to be discussed are: what does self-censorship mean for artistic freedom, what does it mean to conduct international projects today and what should they aim to achieve, what creative tactics are artists using today to combat limitations of self-expression and censorship, and how can institutions become centers for rethinking and redistributing of knowledge about a locality.

The 'MANIFESTA 10 On Board' programme offers visitors an insider’s look into the Biennale programme and includes presentations and informal discussions with both Biennale curators and artists. Manifesta 10 curator Kasper König and Manifesta founding director Hedwig Fijen will discuss the Biennale’s creation twenty years ago in response to the changing European constellation, which enabled increased artistic exchange in the region, as well as the goals and challenges of conducting a Biennale in St. Petersburg today.
In the panel discussion entitled 'Censorship from a Global context' Manifesta 10 artists and curators will share their experience creating work for the biennale in St. Petersburg focusing on questions of censorship and self-censorship and the choice to engage in a politically challenging situation. Among the other On Board planned events are panel discussions with international artists and curators examining the ‘Artist as Activist’ and ‘Censorship from a Global Perspective’ as well as newly commissioned video programmes, performances, and interactive works. The On Board project is curated by Susan Katz.

To see further details and to attend the programme, please click here.

MANIFESTA 10, which opened to the public on 28 June, will be on view until 31 October 2014 in the the State Hermitage Museum and public space in St Petersburg, Russia. The Manifesta Biennial was inspired by the changing European constellation of 1989-91, and was initiated in order to take advantage and expand upon the increased artistic exchange made possible by these events. MANIFESTA 10 explores gaps, and proposes ways to take advantage of varied moments in art history (local and global, recent and archaic), and encourage personal aesthetic experience among the social buzz of the visitors.

The exhibition, curated by Kasper König, is hosted in the newly renovated and restored General Staff Building, and the Winter Palace.

About the Norwegian participants
is an Oslo based platform run by the Norwegian artists Liv Bugge (b.1974 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo) and Sille Storihle (b.1985 in Tromsø, Norway, lives and works in Oslo and Berlin), established to nurture art and critical discourse revolving around gender issues, desire, and sexuality. Since April 2012, FRANK has developed a practice where Bugge and Storihle functions as hosts, curators, and editors. The platform started as a salon, and now operates in different locations and with various co-curators. The work they do with FRANK is intertwined with their individual artistic practices, and aims at building community while creating discussions that address hegemonic structures in society. FRANK has realised projects in conjunction with institutions in Oslo such as Kunstnernes Hus (2012); UKS (2013); Kunsthall Oslo (2014) and ONE Archives (2014) in Los Angeles. The platform has worked with artists, writers and critics such as Katarina Bonnevier, Gerd Brantenberg, Mathias Danbolt, Marie Høeg, Klara Lidén, Roee Rosen and Wu Tsang.

Marie Nerland is an artist and curator based in Bergen. She holds a master in theatre studies from the University of Bergen and in creative curatorial practice from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design. As an artist she has made several performance projects in collaboration with different artists. She was co-editor of 3t, a Norwegian journal of contemporary theatre and performance (1997-2007), and co-editor of the Norwegian Art Yearbook (2009- 2013). In 2008 she founded Volt, a long term curatorial project. Volt commissions and presents new projects by Norwegian and international contemporary artists, working across several media and modes of expression. Past projects have taken the form of exhibitions, time-based media, performances, discursive projects and sound art.

Per-Oskar Leu (b.1980 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo) graduated from the Städelschule, Frankfurt, Germany, in 2009, and he was a studio fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, NY, USA, in 2013. He has presented solo projects at Dortmund Bodega, Oslo; 1/9 Unosunove, Rome, Italy; Vanish, Frankfurt, Germany; and Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö, Sweden. His work has been included in group exhibition at EVA International Biennial, Limerick, Ireland; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden, Norway; the Anthology Film Archives, New York; Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö; Entree, Bergen, Norway; Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy and SWG3, Glasgow, Scotland. Leu has also contributed to LISTE Performance Project, Basel, Switzerland and Frieze Projects, London, UK.

Hanna Horsberg Hansen is Associate Professor at the Academy of Contemporary Art of UiT, The Artic University of Norway, Tromsø, where she teaches art theory and art history. She is also working on developing strategies for the artistic research programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts. She received her PhD in art history at The Artic University of Norway with the thesis Lines of Flight: Understandings of Sami Contemporary Art. From 2011 until 2013 she held a postdoc position in the Sami Art Research Project at The Artic University of Norway. Her research field is contemporary Sami Art, with a special focus on the relations and frictions between Sami artistic practice and art-historical comprehensions. She has published several articles and essays from her research and participated in establishing of Sami Art as a field of research, and teaching at The Artic University of Norway.

Manifesta 10 On Board has been created with the partnerships Manifesta 10, Frame Visual Art Finland, Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia and Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA).


Manifesta 10 On Board is supported by the Nordic Culture Fund, the Consulate General of Finland in St Petersburg and Trust for Mutual Understanding.