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Office For Contemporary Art Norway

August 2019 Newsletter

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OCA Autumn Preview 2019

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OCA's Autumn programme features a dynamic series of lectures, events and publications.

'Imaginary Leaps into a Decanonised Future' forms part of OCA's research into artistic canons, how they are formed, how they operate and what the world might look like without them. 'Imaginary Leaps' seeks to encourage open forms of writing and experimental approaches to the topic. The project will employ the epistolary as method, bringing together letters from across the world for the gathering, by contributors including Liv Bugge, Tanya Busse, Natasha Ginwala, Bouchra Khalili, Quinn Latimer, Miguel López, Bonaventure Ndikung, Camille Norment, farid rakun, Ayatgali Tuleubek, Rolando Vásquez and Cecilia Vicuña amongst others. The gathering will take place on 28 September, 2019 at Ingensteds, Oslo.

The panel discussion titled 'Indigenous Languages' highlights the special attention to words, speech, and writing that many artists and thinkers carry forward in their work today, and that has characterised OCA's programmes over the years connecting communities across the world to catalyse new critical thinking across a diverse set of discourses. 'Indigenous Languages' will focus particularly on South Sámi, one of the languages under most pressure in the world today. With the United Nations naming 2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages, and President Aili Keskitalo, of the Sámi Parliament in Sápmi/Norway, co-chairing the initiative's UN steering committee, this topic has important resonance both at home and abroad.

OCA is a Key Partner to Artica Svalbard, nominating international and Norway-based artists to engage with the North and position art at the centre of the important ecological and socio-political debates happening in this region. In addition, once a year, Artica Svalbard will host one of the most significant art events in the Arctic, highlighting urgent issues related to the polar regions and their global influence. The event is titled Artica Listens and in 2019–20 it addresses the Svalbard Treaty 100 year anniversary in 2020. On the basis of various high profile international works, Cristina Lucas has been invited as the guest artist for Artica Listens 2019.

This autumn we are launching a new publication, The Máze Group (working title) written by Susanne Hætta, with texts by Katya García-Antón and Candice Hopkins, edited by Katya García-Antón. The Máze Group book will document the history of the Mázejoavvku, the first Sámi artist collective, through individual interviews, and consider the importance of the group in relation to younger Sámi and other Indigenous collectives and practitioners globally today.

Over the next months international visitors and speakers will include Sonel Breslav, founder of Blonde Art Books and the BABZ Fair, New York; Natasha Ginwala and Defne Ayas, co-curators, Gwangju Biennial 2020, South-Korea; Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, curator, Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo; Jamillah James, curator, the Institute of Contemporary Art, LA and more.

Coming up, as co-commissioner of the Nordic Pavilion in Venice, OCA takes curatorial lead of the pavilion in 2021. A press conference announcing the participating artists will take place early next year.

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on 2020 programme, events, lectures, exhibitions and more.


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