Press Releases : 2016/05

Artist talk by OCA ISP residents Rometti Costales as part of the OCA project `Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’

Published 2016/05/30

Artist talk by OCA ISP residents Rometti Costales

Date: Tuesday 31 May 2016

Time: 15:30

Venue: Nordland kunst- og filmfagskole
Tore Hjortsgate 24
8310 Kabelvåg

Office for Contemporary Art Norway I

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) is delighted to announce an artist talk by OCA ISP residents Rometti Costales taking place at the Nordland kunst- og filmfagskole in the Lofoten archipelago, on Tuesday 31 May 2016

Rometti Costales’s artists-in-residency is the first residential programme forming part of the OCA project ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’ and it has been structured together with the artists as a light and a dark period of visitation and research. The light period residency will take place in May and June 2016 in Nordland and the Svalbard archipelago and it is made possible through the kind support and collaboration of Nordland County Council, Bodø; The Hamsun Centre, Hamarøy; Árran Lule Sámi Center, Tysfjord; and The North Norwegian Art Center, Vågan. The dark period residency will take place in February 2017 and it is made possible through the kind collaboration and support of Pikene på Broen, Kirkenes.

Also upcoming in ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’ is a conference in the Svalbard archipelago to be held from 12-13 June 2016 initiated and developed by Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and the Northern Norway Art Museum (NNKM). For more information about the Svalbard programme please click here.

Rometti Costales’s talk is open to everyone. If you have questions regarding attendance please send an e-mail to the programme coordinator Kjetil Moelv. For more information about this announcement, please contact OCA’s Communication Manager Tara Hassel.

About the artists
Rometti Costales have been working together since 2007. The duo consists of Julia Rometti, born in Nice in 1975, and Victor Costales, of Ecuadorian and Belarusian extraction, born in Minsk in 1974. They currently live and work in Mexico City. Their work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions including: Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; La Casa del Lago in Mexico City, Mexico (2014); L’Appartement 22 in Rabat, Morocco; La Central in Bogota, Colombia; Jousse Entreprise gallery in Paris; Midway Contemporary Art in MN, USA (2013); and Project Room Arte Actual in Quito, Ecuador (2011). They have also presented their work at Proyecto Siqueiros - La Tallera, Cuernavaca, Mexico (2015); in the context of the Cuenca Biennial in Ecuador (2014); at the Frac Nord Pas-de-Calais, at Pilar Corrias Gallery in London, at the SALTS art centre in Basel, at the CRAC Alsace in Altkirch, at Fondation Gulbenkian in Paris (2013), at the Kunsthalle Zürich, at the Qalandiya International Biennial, Jerusalem and Ramallah (2012), at the David Roberts Art Foundation in London, at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm (2011); at the 29th Sao Paulo Biennial and at CAPACETE (2010). They are currently preparing a public commission for the Bordeaux Urban Community at the invitation of Centre Pompidou's Deputy Director Catherine David. Their work will be presented soon at Tenderpixel in London, and at the 12th Bienal Monterrey FEMSA in Mexico.

OCA ISP – International Studio Programme
International residents (artists, curators and critics) are invited to OCA’s International Studio Programme (ISP) for a period of up to three months. The length of the stay depends on the respective resident’s schedule needs. The resident is provided with a professional studio, an apartment at Ekely (an artists's colony where Edvard Munch built his studio where he lived and worked until his death in 1944) for their stay in Oslo, and additional research possibilities during his or her stay. The residency can be used for independent research, work on a project taking place in Norway, teaching purposes or for other activities in relation to Norwegian contemporary culture. OCA’s ISP programme guests are also invited to extend their residency participation into networked activities in the form of public talks, seminars and presentations organised by OCA and/or at the invitation of other institutions throughout Norway.

In 2016 OCA, under the umbrella of the project 'Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’ has initiated a number of residencies and programmes of readings, performances, lectures and upcoming exhibitions for visiting artists, curators and critics in Northern Norway with the cooperation and support of local institutions.

About the Nordland kunst- og filmfagskole
Nordland kunst- og filmfagskole offers specialised studies for students wanting to work with moving images and with the ambition of becoming an artist and a filmmaker. The school’s aim is to inspire the student’s individual voice, and to provide students with a greater understanding and knowledge of the complexity and the importance that moving images play in our society today. For more information about the school please visit

Costales Rometti artist talk is part of OCA’s continuous programming Notations. OCA's 'Notations' unfold as a series of programmatic activities – performing, writing, thinking, fragmenting, exhibiting, moving, eating and socialising – that explore the desire for the institution to reflect upon the potential for artistic practice as an alchemical sphere of public action.