News : 2017/05

2017/05/29

A conversation with Alf Isak Keskitalo and Vigdis Stordahl, moderated by Geir Tore Holm

Door knob by Iver Jåks. Courtesy of Sámiid Vuorká-Dávvirat/The Sámi Collections.

OCA ANNOUNCES

‘Sámiid Vuorká-Dávvirat / The Sami Collections Revisited’

An open conversation with Alf Isak Keskitalo and Vigdis Stordahl, conceived and moderated by Geir Tore Holm

Organised in collaboration with RiddoDuottarMuseat (Sami Museums of Western Finnmark) and Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš (Sami Center for Contemporary Art) as part of OCA’s ‘Museums on Fire!’

Wednesday 31 May 2017, 19:00

Sámiid Vuorká-Dávvirat
RiddoDuottarMuseat
Mari Boine geaidnu 17
Kárášjohka
www.oca.no I info@oca.no

Scroll down for press release in English.

Sámiid Vuorká-Dávvirat
Miessemánu 31. b. 2017 dii. 19, Sámiid Vuorká-Dávviriin, Kárášjogas.
Rabas ságastallan i.a. Alf Isak Keskitalo, filosofa ja okta SVD vuođđudeddjiin 1972 ja Vigdis Stordahl, servodatdiehtti ja SVD ovddeš bargi ja stivrrajođiheaddji. Ságastallama stivre Geir Tore Holm, dáiddár.
Dáiddalaš lágideami servet ovttasbarggus RiddoDuottarMuseat, SDG–Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš ja Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA).

De Samiske Samlinger
31. mai 2017, 19.00, RiddoDuottarMuseat - samiske museer og samisk kunstsamling, Karasjok.
En åpen samtale mellom Alf Isak Keskitalo, filosof og den første direktøren for De Samiske Samlinger i 1972, og Vigdis Stordahl, samfunnsviter, tidligere ansatt og styreleder for De Samiske Samlinger. Moderert av kunstner Geir Tore Holm.
En kunstnerisk intervensjon i samarbeid med RiddoDuottarMuseat, SDG–Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš og Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA).


OCA is pleased to announce a conversation between Alf Isak Keskitalo (philosopher and founding director of Sámiid Vuorká-Dávvirat – SVD) and Vigdis Stordahl (social scientist and Head of SVD Board), conceived and moderated by artist Geir Tore Holm, at RiddoDuottarMuseat (Sami Museums of Western Finnmark), Kárášjohka, on Wednesday, 31 May, 19:00. Titled ‘Sámiid Vuorká-Dávvirat / The Sami Collections Revisited’ this discussion brings together the voices that, in 1972, initiated the project of acquiring, collecting and exhibiting Sami art and culture in the form of Sámiid Vuorká-Dávvirat (The Sami Collections), currently administered by the RiddoDuottarMuseat through four museums. These museums, located in Kárášjohka/Karasjok, Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino, Porsáŋggu/Porsanger and Jáhkovuona/Kokelv, harbour approximately 5,000 objects, an art collection of about 800 works and an outdoor museum with a number of historic Sami buildings.

Geir Tore Holm´s discursive proposal in RiddoDuottarMuseat is part of ‘Museums on Fire!’, a project which launched in Oslo on 20–21 April, as a symposium within a scenography specially commissioned to artist Anders Sunna (on view at OCA Oslo until 25 June).
‘Sámiid Vuorká-Dávvirat / The Sami Collections Revisited’, is organised by OCA, in collaboration with RiddoDuottarMuseat and Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš (Sami Center for Contemporary Art).


About the speakers

Geir Tore Holm (b.1966) is an Sami artist from Olmmáivággi/Manndalen in Troms County. He is currently a research fellow at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, with an artistic research project titled ‘Poetics for Changing Aesthetics’, at the department of Arts and Crafts. In 2006-2007, Holm was the head of the project for the establishment of the Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing in Tromsø. Since 2010 he has lived and worked from the farm, Ringstad, in Skiptvet, Østfold. Holm works with media such as video, photography, sculpture, performance and installation, and has also curated various exhibitions. In addition to his art practice, Holm engages in a parallel activity of writing about and teaching contemporary art. He has initiated various art projects such as ‘Balkong’, Trondheim, 1993, in which the domestic space of the home was used as the exhibition space, and in 2003 he initiated the ‘Sørfinnset skole/ the nord land’ in Gildeskål, Nordland, together with his partner Søssa Jørgensen. This ongoing project focuses in part on the exploitation of nature, ecology, the exchange of knowledge and small-scale architecture. Holm was recently part of the interdisciplinary project ‘Show Me Colour: Resist, Stand Up, Advocate’ focusing on contemporary Sami expression. Holm’s works were shown at RAKE Visningsrom from 7 to 19 February 2017. ‘Show me Colour’ was produced by the Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš in collaboration with the Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art and RAKE Visningsrom.

Alf Isak Keskitalo (b.1944) is a Sami philosopher and former Sámiid Vuorká-Dávvirat director who is considered one of the leading Sami thinkers of the late 1960s. His work, publications and lectures on indigenous epistemology inspired political work as well as academic discussions. Keskitalo was one of the most important ideologists leading up to the establishment of the Norwegian Sami Association (NSR) in 1968 and later the Nordic Sami Institute in 1973. Keskitalo was also a member of the Sami Rights Committee (Samerettsutvalget) from 1980-82. The Committee was established by the Norwegian Government within the context of the extensive demonstrations for Sami rights during the Alta Action of the late 70s, early 80s, that in turn catalysed governmental acceptance to investigate the status of Sami cultural and political rights related to land, water and resources in Northern Norway/Sapmi, specifically in the county of Finnmark.

Dr. Vigdis Stordahl (b.1951) is a social scientist and anthropologist, researcher and former associate professor at the University of Tromsø. Stordahl has contributed extensively to Indigenous thought with research based literature in fields like Sami identity, gender and health issues. Stordahl has been an important voice in contemporary Sami academic development, cultural, power and social analysis.


About ‘Museums on Fire!’
Museums on Fire!’ is a project considering the entanglement of art institutions within the colonial and modernist ideologies that created them, and asking artists, curators, academics, indigenous and non-indigenous, to consider the spaces and processes through which indigenous artistic practices, past and present, should be addressed today. What would a non-colonial museum look, feel and sound like? Is it enough to widen the modernist art historical canon through the politics of inclusion? And is the museum per se an obsolete model for indigenous practices? Should novel constellations of thought and practice be sought to affirm and mediate the indigenous discourses of the future? Speakers in the symposium featured Raven Chacon, Carola Grahn, Geir Tore Holm, Anna Hudson, Eva Dagny Johansen, Jonathan Jones, Duane Linklater, Catalina Lozano, Gerald McMaster, Anne May Olli and Anders Sunna. Artists’ interventions by Raven Chacon, Carola Grahn, with screenings of works by Geir Tore Holm and Duane Linklater. ‘Museums on Fire!’ is curated by Katya García-Antón, with Antonio Cataldo, Ida Marie Ellinggard and Vilde Horvei.

The scenography by Anders Sunna in Oslo remains on public view at OCA from Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00 until 25 June 2017. A Concert with Sami singer, actress and activist Sofia Jannok will take place within Sunna´s scenography on 14 June, 19.00.

Click here to see full video recordings from the symposium.

For more information, please contact OCA’s Communication Manager Tara Hassel.


About ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’
‘Museums on Fire!’ forms part of ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’, a broad cross-disciplinary project exploring the cultural history of Northern Norway/Sapmi, curated by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA). Structured through a series of regional and international dialogues and partnerships, the project unfolds in various forms and locations across Norway and beyond, including research, artists’ residencies, exhibitions, text commissions and a number of activities implemented through an OCA pilot office in Tromsø as well as its premises in Oslo.

Related

2017/05/16

IKT Norway 2017 Congress Programme

Organised by OCA and OSLO PILOT in collaboration with IKT

OSLO


Thursday, 18 May

18:00 – 19:45
Registration: Oslo City Hall, Rådhusplassen 1, 0037 Oslo

Stop by to register in advance and pick up information about the congress, Oslo, and exhibitions around town before the opening party (invitation only).

Oslo, Day 1
Friday, 19 May

09:00 – 11:00
Join us for breakfast, to register for the Congress, and for an introduction to our hosts at
OSLO PILOT, Prinsens gate 2. 0152 Oslo. www.oslopilot.no

11:00
Bus transfer from OSLO PILOT Project Space to:
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Sonja Henies vei 31, 1311 Høvikodden. www.hok.no
Meeting point inside OSLO PILOT.

11:30 – 13:45
Members Forum at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

13:45– 14:15
Lunch provided by Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

14:15 – 15:00
Visit exhibitions at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

On view:
Carsten Höller: Henie Onstad Sanatorium
Kåre Kivijärvi – Artist with a Camera
Kurt Schwitters

15:00
Meet at pick-up point in front of the main entrance of HOK for bus transfer to:
Kunstnernes Hus, Wergelandsveien 17, 0167 Oslo. www.kunstnerneshus.no

15:30 – 17:30
Visit Kunstnernes Hus, Akademirommet, and FKDS open studios

On view:
UKS - Eirik Sæther: Family Friendly
Akademirommet: Screengrab

17:30
Meet in front of Kunstnernes Hus for bus transfer to:
Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), Nedre gate 7, 0551 Oslo.

18:00 – 18:30
Introduction to our hosts at Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA)

18:30 – 19:00
Presentations by the Norwegian Association of Curators (norskkuratorforening.no) and the Nordic Network for Contemporary Art Spaces

19:00 – 20:30
Meet-&-greet dinner provided by OCA and OSLO PILOT with support from the Norwegian Association of Curators and the Nordic Network for Contemporary Art Spaces

20:30 (Optional)
Walking transfer from OCA to:
Podium, Hausmannsgate 34, 0182 Oslo. www.podium.enterprises
Meeting point: in front of the main entrance of OCA

20:30
Afterparty at Podium


Oslo, Day 2
Saturday, 20 May

09:00 – 09:30
Meet at OSLO PILOT for a light breakfast and to convene for artist run space / small gallery tours. A detailed program and sign-ups will be available for the tours.
OSLO PILOT Project Space, Prinsens gate 2, 0152 Oslo

09:30
Bus/walking transfer to small gallery tours. Meeting point inside OSLO PILOT.

09:30 – 12:30
Artist run space / small gallery tours:

Group A: Sentrum
Note: Bus will be available to and from first gallery, then the rest is a walking tour (5 - 10 minute walk between the galleries).

Galleri Riis
www.galleririis.com
Arbins gate 7, 0253 Oslo
On view: Eline Mugaas, Martin Erik Andersen

Kunstnerforbundet
www.kunstnerforbundet.no
Kjeld Stubs gate 3, 0160 Oslo
On view: Harald Fenn, Anders Sletvold Moe, Bjørn Bjarre, Victoria Günzler, Lewis & Taggart

Oslo Kunstforening
www.oslokunstforening.no
Rådhusgaten 19, 0158 Oslo
On view: Camille Norment

Galleri Christian Torp
www.christiantorp.com
Prinsensgate 22, 0157 Oslo
On view: Ivan Galuzin

Soft Galleri
www.softgalleri.no
Rådhusgaten 20, 0151 Oslo
On view: Grete Johanne Neseblod


Group B: Grünerløkka
Note: Bus tour

STANDARD (OSLO)
www.standardoslo.no
Waldemar Thranes gate 86, 0175 Oslo
On view: Carl Mannov

Rod Bianco Gallery
www.rodbianco.com
Waldemar Thranes gate 84C, 0175 Oslo
On view: Mehdi Ghadyanloo

MELK
www.melkgalleri.no
Waldemar Thranes gate 51, 0173 Oslo
On view: The National Juried Spring Exhibition

PODIUM
www.podium.enterprises
Hausmannsgate 34, 0182 Oslo
On view: Woodpecker Projects: Kevin Malcolm and Henning Lundkvist

Fotogalleriet
www.fotogalleriet.no
Møllergata 34
On view: Ane Hjort Guttu, Pete Fleming, Stine Omar and Max Boss


Group C: Bjørvika / East
Note: Bus tour

NoPlace
www.noplace.no
Oslo gate 2B, 0192 Oslo
On view: Marte Johnslien

Kunsthall Oslo
www.kunsthalloslo.no
Rostockgata 2–4, 0191 Oslo
On view: Roderick Hietbrink

Munch Museum on the Move - Kunsthall Oslo
www.kunsthalloslo.no
Dronning Eufemias gate 34, 0191 Oslo
On view: Ragna Bley

1857
www.1857.no
Tøyenbekken 12, 0188 Oslo
On view: Cleménce de La Tour de Pin

SCHLOSS
www.schloss.no
Kirkegårdsgata 14, 0558 Oslo
On view: Keren Cytter

12:30
Group A will walk from 2 minutes from Soft Galleri to the National Museum.
Groups B and C will have a bus transfer from the last gallery on their tours to the National Museum:
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bankplassen 4, 0151 Oslo. www.nasjonalmuseet.no

13:00 – 13:20
Introduction the National Museum of Contemporary Art

13:20 – 14:30
Visit exhibitions and have lunch, provided by the National Museum of Contemporary Art
On view: Tori Wrånes. Hot Pocket
SNAP. Documentary and portrait photography from the collection

14:30
Meet in front of the National Museum of Contemporary Art for bus transfer to:
Astrup Fearnley Museum, Strandpromenaden 2, 0252 Oslo. www.afmuseet.no

15:00 – 16:00
Visit Astrup Fearnley Museum
On view: The World is Made of Stories: Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection

16:00 – 18:30
General Assembly at Astrup Fearnley Museum

18:30
Bus transfer from Astrup Fearnley Museum to:
SALT, Langkaia 1, 0150 Oslo. www.salted.no

19:00 – 22:00
Dinner at SALT
Bacalao dinner on the waterfront of Oslofjord. Sauna rental will be available.


Oslo, Day 3
Sunday, 21 May

09:30 – 10:30
Meet at OSLO PILOT for a light breakfast and to convene for a bus to the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO).

10:30
Bus transfer from OSLO PILOT to:
Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO), Fossveien 24, 0551 Oslo. www.khio.no

11:00 – 15:00
IKT Symposium, organised by OCA and OSLO PILOT in collaboration with IKT:
'ČSV: Sápmi from Sámi Perspectives'

Venue: KHiO Main Auditorium
Speakers: Gunvor Guttorm, Tarah Hogue, Geir Tore Holm, Jan-Erik Lundström, Hilde Methi, Ánde Somby, Anne May Olli

15:30
Meet in front of KHiO for bus transfer to:
Ekeberg Sculpture Park, Kongsveien 23, 0193 Oslo. www.ekebergparken.com

16:00 – 17:15
Visit Ekeberg Sculpture Park
Rain proof clothes and walking shoes are recommended for walking tours (weather dependent).

17:15
Meet at the parking lot of Ekeberg Restaurant for bus transfer return to:
OSLO PILOT Project Space, Prinsens gate 2, 0152 Oslo



TROMSØ

Tromsø, day 4
Monday, 22 May

09:00 – 10:00
Performance by Marita Isobel Solberg, produced by Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš/Sámi Center for Contemporary Art, welcome speech by Marit Anne Hauan, director of Tromsø University Museum, UiT Arctic University of Norway at:
Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, Grønnegata 1

10:00 – 11:00
Presentations by Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter, Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF), Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš/Sámi Center for Contemporary Art, Davvi álbmogiid guovddáš/Center of Northern Peoples and Røst AiR moderated by associated professor at Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, Hanna Horsberg Hansen.

11:00 – 12:00
Networking between IKT guests and Northern Norway Art Scene

12:00 – 14:00
Lunch followed by presentation at:
Northern Norwegian Art Museum, Sjøgata 1
On view:
Craft, I Travel Light
There Is No

14:00 – 18:00
Walking Tour of Tromsø Art Scene (three groups)

On view:
Tromsø Kunstforening – Ánde Somby: Yoiking with the winged onces
Small Projects – Ørjan Amundsen: Apples and Oranges
Perspektivet Museum: Homo Religiosus
The Polar Museum: Living Ice
Kurant

18:00 – 20:00
Dinner hosted by Tromsø Municipality at:
Skansen, Søndre Tollbodgate 8

20:00 – 21:00
Pikene på Broen invites to Transborder Cafe: The United states of Barents at:
Verdensteateret, Storgata 93B


Tromsø, Day 5
Tuesday, 23 May

08:30
Bus transfer to Kysten, Troms County Art Centre by bus.
Meeting point: Scandic Ishavshotel, Fredrik Langes gate 2, 9008 Tromsø.

09:00 – 10:45
Presentation of Kysten / Troms County Culture Center, and launch of publication by Northern Norwegian Art Association:
Kysten, Troms County Art Centre, Strandveien 95

10:45
Bus transfer to UiT The Arctic University of Norway

11:00 – 12:00
Guided tour to UiTs art collection (three groups)

12:00 – 13:00
Lunch at Árdna, the Sámi cultural house of UiT

14:30
Bus transfer to Scandic Ishavshotel

15:30
Bus transfer to the airport

2017/05/09

2017 IKT Congress Symposium Programme

2017 IKT Congress Symposium:
ČSV: Sápmi from Sámi Perspectives

Organized by OCA and OSLO PILOT
in collaboration with IKT

Sunday, 21 May
11:00 - 15:00

Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO)
Main Auditorium
Fossveien 24
0551 Oslo


Programme

11:00 – 11:15
Welcome from the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) Director Katya García-Antón, and OSLO PILOT Makers and Curators Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk, together with IKT Board Member Vanessa Joan Müller.

Part I

11:15 – 11:45
Gunvor Guttorm
Introduction to Sápmi; duodji past and present

11:45 – 12:00
Geir Tore Holm
Sámi visual art, 1917–2017

12:00 – 12:15
Hilde Methi
Curating in Sápmi

12:15 – 12:30
Ánde Somby
Colonisation and repatriation, artefacts and the yoik

12:30 – 12:45
Anne May Olli
Preservation and collection of Sámi art and cultural historical objects from a Sámi perspective

12:45 – 13:00
Q&A

13:00 – 13:45
Lunch Break

Part II

13:45 – 14:15
Jan-Erik Lundström
Contemporary Sámi art: a brief history of exhibitions

14:15 – 14:45
Tarah Hogue
Indigenous feminist methodologies

14:45 – 15:00
Q&A

2017/05/09

IKT Congress Symposium - `ČSV: Sápmi from Sámi Perspectives'

ČSV: Sápmi from Sámi Perspectives

A symposium organised by
OCA and OSLO PILOT
in collaboration with IKT

21 May 2017, 11:00–15:00

The Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO)
Main auditorium
Fossveien 24,
0551 Oslo

iktsite.org
oca.no
oslopilot.no
khio.no

'ČSV: Sápmi from Sámi Perspectives' is a one-day symposium in Oslo on 21 May as part of the 2017 IKT Congress that for the first time takes place between Oslo and Tromsø, 19–23 May 2017.

This symposium, curated by Katya García-Antón (Director of OCA), Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk (makers and Curators of OSLO PILOT), in collaboration with Vanessa Joan Müller (representing the IKT board), coincides with the 100th anniversary of the first Sámi congress organised by Elsa Laula Renberg in Tråante (South Sámi for Trondheim) in 1917.

The symposium addresses the significance of Indigenous and ecological thinking in contemporary curating, through analysis of specific objects, artifacts and narratives. 'ČSV: Sápmi from Sámi Perspectives' features a number of distinguished voices from Sápmi and beyond, who discuss the discourses of Sámi art and culture, and debate the processes of decolonisation today.

ČSV is a slogan which emerged during the 1970s in Sápmi to advocate for a Sámi cultural and political movement. The term is open, having diverse and ongoing permutations, including amongst others Čájet Sámi Vuoiŋŋa, 'Show the Strength of Sápmi'.

The day begins with Sámi practitioners Gunvor Guttorm, Rector at Sámi University of Applied Sciences, Guovdageaidnu; Geir Tore Holm, artist and independent curator, Skiptvet; Hilde Methi, independent curator, Kirkenes; Ánde Somby, yoiker and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law at UiT in Tromsø; Anne May Olli, Director at RiddoDuottarMuseat, Kárášjohka. Their presentations will offer a particular insight into different aspects of display, conservation and curatorial discourses connected to Sámi cultures.

In addition, the second part of the day features presentations by Jan-Erik Lundström, Director of the Sámi Center for Contemporary Art, Kárášjohka; and Tarah Hogue, a Canadian writer and curator of Dutch and Métis descent; followed by a discussion.

ČSV constitutes an integral part of OCA and OSLO PILOT programming. OCA´s public programmes present and debate contemporary issues of global relevance. In 2016 they addressed the North and its relationship to the world through the relations between art and environment, amongst others topics. The 2017 programme is dedicated to Indigenous practice and thought. Within this context OCA curated together with various partners, among others projects, a conference in Svalbard Archipelago on land and oceans (June 2016); a conference on Sami art and history in Kárášjohka (August 2016); a symposium on decolonising processes entitled 'Museums on Fire!' in Oslo (April 2016); and a major exhibition 'Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness' on Sami activism opening in early 2018.

OSLO PILOT investigates the role of art in and for the public realm, based on the definition of public sphere as an arena where diversity meets, and where different interests collide, enter into dispute and so are made visible. It is a little known fact that Oslo has the largest Sámi population in Norway, with this in mind, the symposium debates the discourses and public visibility of Sámi art and culture, complexifying the understanding of Oslo as a city and its public spheres. Previously OSLO PILOT has been working with Sámi artists and poets such as Sigbjørn Skåden and Synnøve Persen who both contributed to 'The Word’s Head', a collection of poetic texts featuring twenty-three poets. OSLO PILOT'S turn to poetry reflects an investment in the unique potential of poetic language to enrich, abstract, and provoke thinking around the concept of public sphere.

The symposium is free and open to all. Please click here for an outline of the symposium’s schedule.

Seating is limited, so please register your attendance here.

For more information please contact project coordinator Jessica MacMillan.


About IKT
The International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT) is a members’ organisation that brings together curators from across the world to meet, share knowledge, exchange ideas and broaden their professional networks. IKT was founded in 1973 and its early members included groundbreaking curators such as Eberhard Roters, Eddy de Wilde and Harald Szeemann. The aim of the organisation is to stimulate and extend debates concerning curatorial practice, and to promote curatorial excellence.

The IKT Congress in Norway is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; The Agency for Cultural Affairs, City of Oslo; the Spanish Embassy in Norway; and the Norwegian Consulate General in New York. In Tromsø the programme is supported by The Cultural Business Development Foundation SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge. Further support is generously provided by Astrup Fearnley Museet, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO), SALT, and The Museum of Contemporary Art (The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo).

Related

2017/05/05

OCA Audiovisual archive

Click here to see the artist portraits and short films as part of 'Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North'.

2017/05/05

Artworks in 'Mirrored'

The Nordic Pavilion
at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Curator: Mats Stjernstedt

The exhibition Mirrored will be presented in the 2017 edition of the Nordic Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. Mirrored is a group exhibition featuring works by six artists from different generations: Siri Aurdal, Nina Canell, Charlotte Johannesson, Jumana Manna, Pasi “Sleeping” Myllymäki, and Mika Taanila.

“The artists in Mirrored present a mapping of connections that override the national and regional boundaries, and instead track a more multi-faceted view of how artistic practice may connect”, says curator Mats Stjernstedt.

The exhibition Mirrored attempts to avoid a topical approach, to focus on challenging a self-image reflected in, or stereotypes projected on, the Nordic countries. Mirrored thus suggest a “placeless place”, to borrow Guiliana Bruno’s allegory on mirrors.

To request interviews and further information, please contact:
Hanna Tottmar, press officer, Moderna Museet, +46 (0)709 – 52 23 62

High-resolution press images are available at: Moderna Museet Press

The Nordic Pavilion, by Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn, was completed in 1962 and has since been a space for collaboration between three nations – Sweden, Finland and Norway. For the period 2017-2021, the art in the Nordic Pavilion will be presented as a joint project. In 2017 Moderna Museet, Sweden is principal commissioner and manager of activities at the Nordic Pavilion.

Commissioners: Ann-Sofi Noring, Moderna Museet, Sweden, with Katya García-Antón, Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), Norway, and Raija Koli, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Finland.

Selected artworks for the Nordic pavilion:

Siri Aurdal
Onda Volante, 2017 [Flying Wave]

Nina Canell
New work commissioned for the exhibition
Gum Drag, 2017,
A series of new sculptures made of cable material
Brief Syllable, 2017

Charlotte Johannesson
Compilation of digital images from 1981–85 restored in 2017
Apple II computer (the Digital Theatre)
Facsimiles of original computer graphics art, 1983/2017
Apple II computer (the Digital Theatre)

Jumana Manna
Government Quarter Study, 2014

Pasi “Sleeping” Myllymäki
Film program featuring films dated from 1976-83, amongst others including:
Omena, 1976 [The Apple]
Miten salaperäinen liftari poimii kolme kiveä, 1979 [How a Mysterious Hitchhiker Picks Up Three Stones] Forssa-ilmiö, 1982 [The Forssa Syndrome]
Viisi reikää selluloidissa, 1980 [Five Holes in Celluloid]

Mika Taanila New work series commissioned for the exhibition
Film Reader, 2017, prepared cinema books