News : 2016/12

19-23 May 2017, Oslo/Tromsø: IKT Congress 2017

Published 2016/12/16

llustration: WergelandApenes

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Led by OCA and OSLO PILOT, the IKT (The International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art) Congress 2017 will take place in Oslo, followed by a post-congress session in Tromsø, in collaboration with institutions and contemporary art initiatives in the north of Norway/Sápmi. As part of the annual congress, a symposium will be held in the host city. Oslo’s symposium will take the 100th anniversary of the first Sami Congress as its starting point – an event which ultimately led to the signing of the Sami Act. The Symposium will go on to address the significance of decolonisation and the indigenous and ecological discourse on contemporary art and related cultural thought around the world.

The Oslo Symposium is curated by Katya García-Antón (Director/Curator OCA), Eva González-Sancho (Curator OSLO PILOT) and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk (Curator OSLO PILOT), in collaboration with the IKT Board.

The IKT Congress in Norway will provide a unique opportunity to foster reflection, exchange and in-depth discussion amongst a large number of colleagues both internationally and in Norway, as well as nurture future collaborations. IKT is a members’ organisation that brings together curators from across the world, to meet, share knowledge, exchange ideas and broaden their professional networks. The members include curators and artistic directors of non-profit exhibition spaces and museums, as well as freelance curators of contemporary art.

Spring 2018, Oslo, Murmansk, and Máze: ‘Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness’ – exhibition, symposium and publication

Published 2016/12/16

Aage Gaup, Opprør (Insurrection), 1976. Courtesy of the artist

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The exhibition will discuss the recent history of Sami artistic activism in and across the Nordic region (Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia), contextualising it within a growing, planetary indigenous discourse which does not simply explore post-colonial legacies and ecological concerns, but which questions the very notion of modernity itself.

The history of the Sami revolt against the state of Norway in particular stems back to the Kautokeino revolt in 1852 (Guovdageaidnu, Sápmi/Northern Norway); it intensified during Norway’s independence from Sweden in 1905 and continued up until the Alta Action controversy of 1979. Whilst some historians have claimed that the creation of a Sami Parliament in 1989 in Kárášjohka (Karasjok, Sápmi/Northern Norway) brought this chapter to a close, today a new trans-Nordic wave of Sami artists and activists are challenging this claim and joining forces with a broader indigenous and artistic movement across the world.

‘Let the River Flow’ takes as its starting point the artistic and activist practices of the radical Máze Sami Artists Group, central to the revolts and unprecedented hunger strikes in protest at the intended damming of the Alta river. The damming of Norway’s most famous watercourse inundated Sami land of cultural and economic relevance. The exhibition will also present photographic material as well as ephemera from local people’s archive. A younger generation of Sami, as well as other indigenous and non-indigenous artists and thinkers, will be invited to consider the significance of the Alta Action today across the globe.

‘Let the River Flow’ will unfold as an exhibition, symposium and a reader of indigenous thinking.

Artists will include: Áillohaš, Nabil Ahmed, Dáiddadállu/Artists Collective Kautokeino, Aage Gaup, Josef Halse, Berit Marit Hætta, Karrabing Film Collective, Keviselie, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Joar Nango and Tanya Busse, Rannveig Persen, Synnøve Persen, Arvid Sveen and Elin Mar Øyen Vister amongst others.

November 2017, Oslo: The international research project 89plus

Published 2016/12/16

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Curator and artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries, London, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and curator and director of Swiss Institute New York, Simon Castets, in collaboration with OCA, will launch an open call for practitioners based in Norway – and born after 1989 – working in the fields of poetry, literature, film, dance, architecture, design, art, science and technology. Applicants should submit their candidacy to the long-term, international, multi-platform research project, 89plus.

On the basis of these applications, the curators will select a group of practitioners to participate in a workshop in Oslo in November 2017. From this group, a final selection will be invited to participate in future 89plus projects, including exhibitions, residencies and publications. The curators will give a public lecture at OCA discussing the 89plus project in general, as well as the results of their research in Norway in particular.

Submissions to 89plus are accepted on an ongoing basis via
Applications for the Norway workshop will close on 28 October 2017.

89plus is a long-term, international, multi-platform research project co-founded by curators Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist, investigating the generation of innovators born in or after 1989. Without forecasting artistic trends or predicting future creation, 89plus is expressed through panels, books, periodicals, exhibitions and residencies, bringing together individuals from a generation whose voices are only starting to be heard, yet which accounts for almost half the world’s population.