Acknowledgement of the Sámi people

OCA acknowledges the Sámi as one people, and as the Indigenous people of the Fennoscandian region. On the land of this region, Sápmi, the Sámi people have lived since time immemorial, respectfully harvesting from nature by fishing, farming, hunting and following reindeer, amongst other activities.


About OCA

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) is a non-profit foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in 2001. Its principal aim is to foster dialogue between art practitioners in Norway, including Sápmi, and the international arts scene, and support artists based in Norway in their activities around the world. As a result, OCA’s discursive, exhibition, publication, residency and visitor programmes focus on bringing to Norway plurality of practices and histories at the forefront of international artistic debates, as much as they are concerned with actively participating in such debates nationally and internationally. OCA has been responsible for Norway's contribution to the visual arts section of La Biennale di Venezia since 2001.

Core objectives

  • To raise awareness internationally of artistic and cultural practice in Norway.
  • To promote internationally outstanding work by artists and cultural practitioners.
  • To be the leading conduit of information about contemporary art practices, for researchers and audiences both in Norway and abroad.
  • To present in lectures, symposia and visual key developments in international contemporary art practice in Norway.
  • To explore synergies between the artistic and academic worlds.
  • To act as a forum for discussion and for the production of intellectual discourse on art and culture.