Presentation : 4 December 2018

OCA Pop-Up Tromsø

OCA has the pleasure of announcing the eighth OCA Pop-Up in collaboration with Norwegian Crafts, and hosted by Tromsø Kunstforening in Tromsø on Tuesday 4 December at 19:00. The Pop-Up presentations form part of OCA’s focus to reach out to art communities in cities outside the capital, such as Trondheim, Kirkenes, Tromsø, Bergen, Stavanger and Bodø in collaboration with local art institutions and guest speakers.

On the occasion of OCA Pop-Up Tromsø, artist and filmmaker Sara Eliassen will be our new guest speaker, talking about her recent project The Feedback Loop commissioned by The Munch Museum. Norwegian Crafts will present a new research project on the Sámi term duodji in collaboration with artist and architect Joar Nango.

Tuesday 4 December
19:00-21:00

Venue: Tromsø Kunstforening
Muségata 2, 9008 Tromsø

Participant bios:

Sara Eliassen is an artist and filmmaker based in Oslo. Eliassen holds an MFA in film from San Francisco Art Institute and was a studio fellow at The Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in 2010/ 2011. Her films Still Birds and A Blank Slate have played extensively at international film festivals, amongst them Venice Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Sundance. Eliassen is currently finalizing The Feedback Loop, a year long project commissioned by The Munch Museum- Munchmuseet i bevegelse for 2018, consisting of a public screen intervention, film screening series and a solo exhibition with guests at Munchmuseet i bevegelse- Kunsthall Oslo.

Joar Nango er en samisk-norsk kunstner og arkitekt som bor og virker i Tromsø. Han har sin utdannelse som arkitekt fra NTNU i Trondheim. Nango er interessert i den kreative enkelheten og bærekraftige kunnskapen som finnes i de uformelle bygningsmiljøene i nord. Hans prosjekter er mangfoldige og spenner fra publikasjoner og fotografi til skulptur og småskala arkitektoniske strukturer. Han jobber blant annet med stedsspesifikke installasjoner og selv-lagde publikasjoner som utforsker og utfordrer grensene mellom arkitektur design og visuell kunst. Tematisk relaterer arbeidene hans til spørsmål knyttet til urfolksidentitet, ofte gjennom å utforske motsetninger i samtidsarkitekturen. Han har blant annet jobbet med temaet The Modern Sámi Space, gjennom blant annet en selv-publisert fanzineserie med tittelen Sámi Huksendáidda: the Fanzine, design prosjektet Sámi Shelter og et mixtape/ klesprosjekt kalt Land & Language. Nango jobber ofte i grupper og var grunnlegger av arkitekturkollektivet FFB som jobber med midlertidige installasjoner i urbane settinger. Nango har deltatt på en rekke utstillinger i Norge og internasjonalt, blant annet i Canada, Ukraina, Finland, Kina, Russland, Colombia, Bolivia, Sverige og Tyskland. Utvalgte utstillinger inkluderer 161Gallon Gallery (2007), Gallery Deluxe Gallery i Halifax (2008), Archizines at Storefront for Art and Architecture, NYC, US (2012) GallerySAW i Ottawa (2013), “20 under 40 – Young norwegian architecture” Nasjonalmuseet for Arkitektur, Kunst og Design i Oslo (2013), 43SNA i Medellin, Colombia (2013), Western Front i Vancouver (2014). Han har hatt soloutstillinger på Sámi dáiddaguovddáš, SDG, i Karasjok (2011) og Bildmuseet, Umeå (2014). Nango var også en av kunstnerne som stilte ut under Documenta 14 i Athen og Kassel (2017).

Tromsø Kunstforening - TKF is organized in the tradition of the German Kunstverein and has been in continuous existence since 1924 and is one of Tromsø’s oldest culture institutions. Over the years,TKF has changed from being run by volunteers and amateur arts enthusiasts to become a modern and professional institution. Tromsø Kunstforening - TKF has a position as a core exhibiting locality for contemporary art in northern Norway. Tromsø Kunstforening - TKF have an established tradition of emphasising newer and experimental contemporary art in our programme. In exhibitions and projects we work with an international perspective but also with a focus on artists and on themes relating to their region. Tromsø Kunstforening - TKF place considerable emphasis on creating reflection and discussion around art. For this reason we arrange regular seminars, artist talks and other events, which give the public knowledge and access to today’s contemporary art.

Norwegian Crafts is a non-profit organisation, founded by the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts in 2012. It is funded through support from the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Norwegian Crafts advise the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian embassies and consulates abroad on contemporary crafts.