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A talk by OCA's IVP Candice Hopkins and music performance by Sara Marielle Gaup and Risten Anine Gaup at Small Projects in Tromsø

Published 2016/06/08

OCA, The Norwegian Association of Curators and Small Projects present

‘Sounding the Margins: A Choir of Minor Voices’
a talk by OCA IVP, curator Candice Hopkins
with a music performance by Sara Marielle Gaup and Risten Anine Gaup

The event is part of the OCA project ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’

Date: Tuesday 14 June 2016

Time: 19:00

Small Projects
Grønnegata 23
9008, Tromsø

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), The Norwegian Association of Curators and Small Projects are pleased to invite you to an evening event with a presentation by OCA IVP curator Candice Hopkins and a music performance by Sara Marielle Gaup and Risten Anine Gaup taking place at Small Projects, Tromsø, on Tuesday 14 June 2016.

Canadian curator Candice Hopkins, part of the curatorial team for the upcoming documenta 14, which opens in Athens and Kassel in June 2017, will hold a presentation titled ‘Sounding the Margins: A Choir of Minor Voices’ including her reflections on protest, indigenous artists and sound-based work. The practice of musicians Sara Marielle Gaup and Risten Anine Gaup explore traditional and contemporary forms of music. They will present a vocal performance combining yoik – Sámi songs – with the spoken word.

The event is open to everyone but registration is required. Capacity is limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in attending please send an email to For more information about this announcement, please contact OCA’s Communication Manager Tara Hassel.

The event forms part of ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’, a wide cross-disciplinary project exploring the cultural history of Northern Norway, initiated and developed by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA). Structured through a series of regional and international dialogues and partnerships, the project is unfolding in various forms and locations across Norway and beyond, including research, artist residencies, exhibitions, text commissions and a number of activities activated through the new OCA pilot office in Tromsø, and its premises in Oslo.

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. For a detailed day-by-day programme, please click here.

About Candice Hopkins
Candice Hopkins is a curator and writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has held curatorial positions at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, National Gallery of Canada, the Western Front and the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre. Her writings on history, art, and vernacular architecture have been published by MIT Press, BlackDog Publishing, Revolver Press, New York University, the Fillip Review and the National Museum of the American Indian, among others. Hopkins has lectured widely including at the Witte de With, Tate Modern, Dakar Biennale, Tate Britain and the University of British Columbia. In 2012 Hopkins was invited to present a keynote lecture on the topic of the ‘sovereign imagination’ for documenta 13. ‘Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art,’ co-curated with Greg Hill and Christine Lalonde, was the National Gallery of Canada’s largest survey of recent Indigenous art. Hopkins was co-curator of the 2014 SITE Santa Fe biennial exhibition, ‘Unsettled Landscapes.’ In 2014 she received the Joan Lowndes award from the Canada Council for the Arts for excellence in critical and curatorial writing. She currently is a curatorial advisor for documenta 14, opening in 2017.

About Sara Marielle Gaup and Risten Anine Gaup
Sara Marielle Gaup and Risten Anine Gaup are sisters and Sámi yoikers from the reindeer-herding community of Guovdageaidnu in the Finnmark county, northern Norway. They are born into a family of skillful yoikers and have been singing on stage since childhood. Sara Marielle Gaup is best known for her work with Adjágas, the acclaimed Sámi band who blends yoik with various contemporary influences. Besides beeing a traditional yoiker, Risten Anine Gaup is a songwriter, with her own unique vocal style.

About OCA IVP – International Visitor Programme
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway runs an International Visitor Programme to support international curators and cultural producers in their research in Norway for upcoming exhibitions and projects. Participation in the programme is by invitation although requests for visits are considered based on availability.

About the Norwegian Association of Curators
The Norwegian Association of Curators was founded in 2011 as an independent organisation to enhance the understanding of curatorial practice in Norway and to promote the legal and economic conditions of its members vis-à-vis public policymakers and cultural institutions. To this end, the Association will initiate professional forums for discussions around contemporary curatorial practices, document the history of the profession, and contribute to discourses relevant to the field. The Norwegian Association of Curators collaborates with other arts organisations, institutions and groups in Norway and internationally.

About Small Projects
Small Projects began as a nomadic artist initiative in Manila in 2001 involving a small multicultural community of visual artists, political activists, poets, writers, musicians, filmmakers and performance artists. It manifested in many different forms, always making itself relevant to the community surrounding it. From art exhibitions, concerts, performance art to community work such as workshops with street children and fundraising for communities in need of assistance. Since then it has hosted and organised exhibitions and performances internationally. Small Projects promotes works and initiatives which challenge boundaries and encourage critical discussion, and provide space for emerging and mid-career artists. Based in Tromsø, Norway, for the past 6 years Small Projects aim to assist locally based artists, by providing them with a venue to exhibit or the opportunity to test works in progress, and by giving them access to experience works by internationally recognised artists and curators.

This event 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.