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Office For Contemporary Art Norway

October 2018 Newsletter

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OCA's International Visitor Programme (IVP) invites international curators and cultural professionals to conduct research in Norway for upcoming exhibitions and projects. October IVP participants are Christina Lehnert (Portikus, Frankfurt) and Stephanie Seidel (ICA Miami, Miami).

In conjunction with her residency, Lehnert will discuss her research at Portikus on Friday 19 October, 13:00-14:30 on OCA’s mezzanine. Lehnert is curating a show with Norwegian artists to coincide with Norway as the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019. For more information, please click here.

Special thanks to Stephanie Seidel for sharing her research with us on Monday 15 October.

Image: Courtesy Portikus, Frankfurt am Main



OCA continues its collaboration as Key Partner with Artica Svalbard. Two OCA nominated artists, Oswaldo Maciá (Colombia, lives and works in UK and USA) and Mette Henriette (Norway), will be in residency in Longyearbyen this Autumn.

'Two internationally recognised artists working across disciplines, Oswaldo Maciá’s and Mette Henriette’s practices channel the sensorial dimensions of the world we live in. Maciá’s field-based artistic research across tropical rainforests and extreme deserts leads to symphonic compositions as well as olfactory-acoustic sculptures and installations that excavate the counter-narratives of human and geopolitical relevance embedded in our understanding of the past, present and future. Mette Henriette’s musical inspiration is drawn from a myriad journeys in urban and natural environments including the polar regions and central Asia. Her assemblages of sound, light, sculpture, scenography, and choreography reveal emotional worlds that are as delicately intimate as they are monumentally forceful. They convey the landscapes that inhabit the human, as well as the human that perambulates across those geographies.'
- Katya García-Antón, Director and Chief Curator of OCA.

In conjunction with his residency, Maciá will discuss his research at OCA on Monday 26 November, 18:00-19:30. Invitation will follow.

For more information about OCA’s role as Key Partner to Artica Svalbard, please click here.

Image: Courtesy Oswaldo Maciá



OCA has supported the inclusion of artists in the upcoming Athens Biennale and the first edition of the Thailand Biennale. For more information about our grants, please click here.

Tori Wrånes, Lykourgos Porfyris and Helle Siljeholm have been invited to the 6th edition of the Athens Biennale (AB6), taking place in Athens, Greece, titled ‘ANTI’. AB6 is curated by Stefanie Hessler, Kostis Stafylakis and Poka-Yio and opens on 26 October.

A K Dolven, Jana Winderen, Ignas Krunglevicius, Tori Wrånes and Camille Norment have been invited to the inaugural Thailand Biennale 2018, titled ‘Edge of the Wonderland’, organized by The Office of Contemporary Art and Culture (OCAC), Ministry of Culture, taking place in Krabi, Thailand. The biennial is curated by Jiehong Jiang and opens on 2 November.

’did you leave your island’, A K Dolven, work in progress for the first edition of the Thailand Bienniale 2018, titled ’Edge of the Wonderland’, supported by OCA. Image: Bancha, Krabi. Courtesy A K Dolven studio



OCA’s Director Katya García-Antón is an invited speaker at the CIMAM Annual Conference 2018. This year’s conference is entitled ‘The Museum in Transition,’ García-Antón will be speaking on the subject of museologies and decolonisation. The CIMAM 2018 Annual Conference will be held in Stockholm, Sweden on 2–4 November, hosted jointly by Moderna Museet, Bonniers Konsthall and Magasin lll Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art. For more information on the conference, please click here.


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