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Office For Contemporary Art Norway

February 2019 Newsletter

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Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness opened at Tensta konsthall in Stockholm, 4 February, and will travel to Sápmi, where it will open at Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš (SDG) in Kárášjohka on 16 May. Both will present new seminars to accompany the exhibition.

The exhibition was 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, Tensta Konsthall, 2019. Photo by Jean-Baptiste Beranger.



OCA continues its long-term engagement with the town of Máze, iconic in recent Sámi political history, and its advocacy for the establishment of an international Indigenous artist residency there. This spring, OCA is supporting the Guovdageaidnu-based artist collective Dáiddadállu, to curate a four day programme in both Máze and Guovdageaidnu 14–18 March reflecting upon a topic of great national and international relevance entitled SápmiToo. The programme includes Sámi and international Indigenous artists and speakers. It is organized in collaboration with OCA and Sámediggi, and seeks to empower women, artists and Sámi curatorial methodologies. The full programme will be announced shortly.

Logo design: Susanne Hætta.



OCA is pleased to announce Zachary Kaplan, Executive Director of Rhizome, New York as our first IVP in 2019.

Zachary Kaplan is Executive Director of Rhizome, the leading born-digital art institution and longtime affiliate of the New Museum in New York City. Since 1996, Rhizome has championed digital art and culture through innovative exhibitions, commissions, preservation, and software development programmes. In conjunction with his residency, Zach will discuss his projects at Rhizome on Tuesday 19 February as a part of OCA’s new Mezzanine series. More info here.

Image: courtesy Rhizome.



Eirik Senje is the OCA nominated artist for a six-month residency at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, Belgium.

Often concerned with explorations of the human condition conducted in the grey areas between philosophy, poetry and belief, Eirik Senje’s practice encompasses a variety of forms. While at WIELS he will be pursuing ideas within sculpture, drawing, painting and writing, as well as working on upcoming

exhibition projects.

More about OCA's residency programmes and upcoming application deadlines here.

Image: courtesy WIELS Contemporary Art Centre.



An exhibition curated by Jonatan Habib Engqvist and Gabriel Mestre Arrioja including artist Ane Graff, opens on 5 February. It is titled Earth-Body and will take place at The Museum of Geology of the UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico. The exhibition runs until 7 April.

Destiny's Atelier, Oslo, Norway, is participating in the Material Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico, 7–10 February.

Verdensteatret is participating in the exhibition HANNAH at the Sonic Acts Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 22–24 February.

Also this month Galleri Format, Oslo, Norway, is participating in Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects 2019, London, UK, 28 February–3 March.

Image: Ane Graff, The Goblets (Diabetes), 2019, 14 x 9 x 7 cm. Courtesy of the artist and photographer RH Studio.



The Venice Biennale is currently accepting applications for accreditation for professionals.

They accept applications for accreditations for these job positions: Artistic Director, Chair, Chancellor, Chief Curator, Curator, Dean, Director, Head, Managing Director, President.

The deadline is 14 April 2019.

For more information on the application process and how to apply click here.



OCA Director Katya García-Antón's presentation at the CiMAM 2018 Annual Congress, titled 'The Museum in Transition' is now available online. The website will also include all conference papers.


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