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Office For Contemporary Art Norway

May 2019 Newsletter

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VENICE SPECIAL NEWSLETTER

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OCA is in Venice for the opening of La Biennale di Venezia this week. Below you will find some news about exciting projects to look out for, and helpful tips. As co-commissioners of the Nordic Pavilion, we are looking forward to the opening of the exhibition Weather Report: Forecasting Future on 8 May, curated by Kiasma. OCA will take the lead as commissioner of the Nordic Pavilion in 2021. Stay tuned for announcements of our 2021 project in Venice later this year!




INAUGURATION OF THE NORDIC PAVILION AT LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

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The exhibition Weather Report: Forecasting Future in the Nordic Pavilion is themed around the complex and varied relations between the human and nonhuman in an age when climate change and mass extinction are threatening the future of life on Earth. When imagining the future, humans face the responsibility of acknowledging multispecies entanglements and the need to renegotiate existing interspecies relations.

The invited artists are Finnish duo nabbteeri, Norwegian Ane Graff and Swedish Ingela Ihrman. The artists’ practices often involve a fusion of visual art with humanities and natural sciences, a collaborative or dialogical process that takes place within a multi-disciplinary community.

The inauguration of the Nordic Pavillion at the 58th Venice Biennale will take place on 8 May at 14:30.



From left to right: Ane Graff, detail of the work in progress, 2019. nabbteeri, Ethnographies of a homespun spinelessness cult and other neighbourly relations: Gingerbread house (detail). 3D animation, work in progress, 2019. Ingela Ihrman, A Great Seaweed Day (detail), 2019.


NORWEGIAN-NIGERIAN ARTIST FRIDA ORUPABO TO TAKE PART IN THE 58TH LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA ART EXHIBITION

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The Biennale Arte 2019 exhibition May You Live In Interesting Times, will include works
by the artist Frida Orupabo. The exhibition is curated by Ralph Rugoff, Director of the Hayward Gallery, London. The Exhibition will develop from the Central Pavilion (Giardini) to the Arsenale, and will include 79 artists from all over the world.

Frida Orupabo is an artist who lives and works in Oslo, has received wide praise for her practice exploring themes of race, sexuality, violence, identity and colonialism. Her work has previously been 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 work was recently included in the collection of the National Museum of Art in Oslo, in addition to a number of international collections.



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


RICHARD BELL BRINGS HIS ABORIGINAL EMBASSY TENT TO THE 58TH LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA, ARTIST JUMANA MANNA PARTICIPATES IN PROGRAMME

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Richard Bell is one of Australia’s most significant artists. His practice explores the complex artistic and political issues surrounding western, colonial and Indigenous art production. Bell brings his new work "We Don’t Really Need This/Bell Invites” to the Venice Biennale, as a continuation of the Indigenous land rights and anti-racism activism mobilised through the "original” Aboriginal Tent Embassy, established on the lawns of Australian Parliament in January 1972.

Artist Jumana Manna, and others, will participate in programming related to the exhibition.



Richard Bell, Embassy installation 2015, Performa 15. Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery Brisbane.


THE VENICE BIENNALE: EVERYTHING YOU COULD EVER WANT TO KNOW

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If you are headed to the Venice Biennale this year, ArtNews
has compiled an article with everything
you need to know about the Biennale.

For further information:
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The Art Newspaper



The Central Pavilion, the site of one part of the main exhibition, in 2015, with work by Sam Gilliam on view.

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