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Office For Contemporary Art Norway

March 2019 Newsletter

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Please join us for SápmiToo, a four-day programme in Máze and Guovdageaidnu, curated by artist collective Dáiddadállu, that seeks to empower women, artists and Sámi curatorial methodologies. SápmiToo addresses gender roles, violence and sexual abuse in Sápmi and Indigenous communities, their relationship to the colonial experience and art's role at the centre of those conversations. The programme consists of lectures, conversations and discussions, film screenings, performance, poetry, yoik, music and exhibitions. SápmiToo is conceived and organised by Dáiddadállu with the support and collaboration of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway and the Sámediggi of Norway.

14 –17 March
Máze and Guovdageaidnu

For the full programme, please click here.

Photograph by Ola Røe.



The Biennale Arte 2019 exhibition titled May You Live In Interesting Times, is curated by Ralph Rugoff, Director of the Hayward Gallery, London.

Frida Orupabo is a Norwegian-Nigerian artist who lives and works in Oslo. A solo exhibition of her digital collages, with photographs from personal archives and found images, is currently on display at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo. Orupabo has received wide praise for her work exploring themes of race, sexuality, violence, identity and colonialism, and has been previously exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery, London and the Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin. Orupabo is educated as a sociologist and works as a social consultant in Oslo alongside her artistic practice. Her practice was recently included in the collection of the The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, in addition to a number of international collections.

Untitled, 2018, collage with paper pins mounted on aluminium 106 x 80 cm, currently on view in the solo exhibition 'Medicine for a Nightmare' at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo. Photographer: Carl Henrik Tillberg. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Nordenhake.



OCA is pleased to announce that on 22 March artist Oswaldo Macía will present an installation as part of his residency at Artica Svalbard titled A Gift to Svalbard at the old mining facility Vinkelstasjonen outside of Longyearbyen. Macía's residency in Svalbard is nominated by OCA. Our Director and Chief Curator Katya García-Antón will join Macía in Svalbard on 22 March for a conversation about his work.

OCA is a long-term Key Partner of Artica Svalbard, Longyearbyen.

More information to follow!

Photograph courtesy of Oswaldo Macía.



OCA is pleased to announce three talks this month with Wanda Nanibush, Brook Andrew and Oswaldo Macía.

13 March

Mezzanine talk with curator, Wanda Nanibush. Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinaabe-kwe image and word warrior, curator, and community organizer. She is the Curator of Indigenous Art and co-head of the Indigenous & Canadian Art department at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

18 March

Mezzanine talk with Artistic Director of the 22nd Sydney Biennial, Brook Andrew. Brook Andrew is an interdisciplinary artist who examines dominant narratives, often relating to colonialism and the restitution of cultural objects to their original communities. Through museum and archival research and interventions, he aims to offer alternate versions of forgotten histories; illustrating different means for interpreting history in the world today. Apart from drawing inspiration from vernacular objects and the archive he travels internationally to work with communities and various private and public collections to tease out new interpretations.

25 March

Mezzanine talk with artist, Oswaldo Macía. Oswaldo Maciá is an artist working across media, hailing from the Caribbean city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. During the 1990s, after completing an MFA at Goldsmiths College, University of London, his work was shown in solo exhibitions at key venues such as the Museum of Installation and Clove Gallery as well as in group shows such as the seminal Ideal Standard Summertime at Lisson Gallery (1996). Since then he has gone on to create olfactory-acoustic sculptures, performances, installations, and collaborations sourced from research across diverse environments, landscapes, and social contexts. His works have been exhibited all over the world, including at the Riga Biennial (2018), Tate Britain (2016), Manifesta 9 (2012), Biennal de Cuenca, Ecuador (2011), Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece (2009) and many others.

Wanda Nanibush. Image courtesy of Creative Summit.



Support is provided to artist Icaro Zorbar Sanchez Laverde for a solo exhibition taking place at the Museum of Modern Art of Bogotá, Colombia (MAMBO), 6 March–10 August 2019.

STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo, Norway, is participating in Independent New York 2019, New York, USA, 7–10 March 2019.

Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway is presenting the 2018 Dummy Award (NDA) photobook winner taking place at the Reykjavik Museum of Photography (RMP), Reykjavik, Iceland, 21 March 2019.

Torbjørn Rødland, Bobbing, 2017–2019, Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper / framed, 143,6 x 113,6 x 4 cm / 56 1/2 x 44 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. Courtesy of STANDARD (OSLO).



OCA Director and Chief-Curator Katya García-Antón, was just announced as the keynote speaker at Tate St Ives's symposium titled Global Communities: Curating Modern Art Today, 26–27 April. The symposium will also include OCA peer Biung Ismahasan, contributor to OCA's latest publication Sovereign Words. Indigenous Art, Curation and Criticism.

For more information:

Image courtesy of Tate St Ives.


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