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April 2019 Newsletter

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April Newsletter 2019


Image courtesy of Bergen Assembly.

Mezzanine Series


OCA is pleased to announce two mezzanine talks this month.

Thursday, 25 April


Mezzanine talk with OCA IVP Laura McLean-Ferris. Laura McLean-Ferris is a writer and curator at Swiss Institute, New York, where she has curated numerous projects with artists including Cally Spooner, Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Olga Balema, Aria Dean, Irena Haiduk, Nancy Lupo and Studio for Propositional Cinema. As a writer, she is a regular contributor to Artforum, ArtReview, Art-Agenda, Even, frieze, Mousse, and Flash Art International.

Tuesday, 30 April


Mezzanine talk with Bergen Assembly. Co-convener of Bergen Assembly 2019, Iris Dressler, and curator Nora Heidorn will discuss the redistribution of curatorial agency that is a central part of the 2019-edition of Bergen Assembly. Titled 'Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead' this year’s Bergen Assembly departs from the concept assembly itself, which is critically examined both in terms of its political dimensions and aesthetic practices with a broad public programme and a multi-sited exhibition. There will be welcome remarks by OCA Director Katya García-Antón and an introduction by Bergen Assembly Senior Advisor Anne Szefer Karlsen.

Image courtesy of Laura McLean-Ferris



22 April is the last day to see the exhibition 'Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness' at Tensta konsthall in Stockholm. The exhibition will next travel to Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš (SDG) in Kárášjohka where it will open 16 May (preview 15 May at 18:00). The SDG iteration of the exhibition will be curated by Raisa Porsanger and managed by SDG Director Kristoffer Dolmen, presenting new seminars in Kárášjohka with Sámi peers. The exhibition was originally conceived by Katya García-Antón, with Antonio Cataldo, with a Sami Advisory Group constituted by Dr Gunvor Guttorm and Prof. Harald Gaski, and was first presented at OCA's exhibition space in Oslo 12 April–3 June 2018.

Image: Installation view from the exhibition at OCA's exhibition space, 2018. Photographed by Herman Dreyer.



OCA is pleased to announce the receipients of the following residencies: Marianne Hultman curator in residence at Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai, India;Ingrid Lønningdal, artist in residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany; Kristina Melbø Valvik, curator in residence at ISCP, NY, USA; and Sille Storihle, artist in residence at ISCP, NY, USA.

Marianne Hultman is a curator and serves as director of Oslo Kunstforening (OK) in Norway. OK presents a varied range of exhibitions that reflect current tendencies in Norwegian and international contemporary art. OK collaborates with institutions in Norway as well as abroad. A number of the exhibitions Hultman has curated have been traveling exhibitions. In 2018 she was one out of five guest curators at the Dakar Biennale in Senegal.

In her practice as a visual artist, Ingrid Lønningdal seeks to provide an understanding of the spaces we inhabit, often by using architecture as a starting material. Lønningdal’s works are materialised trough painting, drawing, photography, text, and textile.

Kristina Melbø Valvik’s curatorial focus lies in the intersections between disciplines. Since 2016 she has worked with the nomadic art space and concept Prøverommet, an independent entity beneath BIT Teatergarasjen in Bergen, Norway. Here she has collaborated with several artists to develop site-specific work in unconventional spaces, shifting boundaries and the public’s expectations for the experience of an art exhibition.

Sille Storihle is an artist living in Berlin and Oslo and working with moving images and text. With Liv Bugge, she runs FRANK, a platform to build community, show contemporary art and generate discussions addressing hegemonic structures in society relating to gender, sexuality and desire. Her artistic and curatorial projects have been shown at Kunsthall Oslo, Kunstnernes Hus, Performa Biennial, Malmö Konstmuseum, The Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art and The Gothenburg Biennial.

For more information on our residencies, please click here.

Image: Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai, India. Courtesy of Mumbai Art Room.



Following the first round of our grants schemes, OCA is delighted to be supporting artists in the upcoming biennials: 13th Havana Biennial; 58th Biennale di Venezia; 6th Odessa Biennale; Art Encounters Biennial Timisoara 2019; 3rd Coimbra Contemporary Art Biennale; 14th Biennial of Medial Arts of Chile; Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art; La Biennale de Lyon; and Wuzhen Biennial. Stay tuned for further announcements!

For more information on our grantees and our support schemes, please click here.

Image courtesy of Havana Biennale.



The grant scheme for International support for Galleries and Independent Exhibition Spaces (ISGIES) is being restructured.

ISGIES supports galleries and independent exhibition spaces, within contemporary art, and arts and craft, with contractual agreements, to participate in internationally reputed art fairs. An operative list of fairs valid for support is reviewed annually.

Important changes:

- The applications for ISGIES will be processed through the year, no deadlines

- The amount will be set in a framework following a percentage basis

- The categories supported are: participation fee, transport of art, insurance of art, and relevant information material. We require documentation of participation fee, and a quote for transport


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