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2018/05/28

Fighting Environmental Crime in West Papua: A Workshop in Tromsø

Fighting Environmental Crime in West Papua: A Workshop in Tromsø
A Workshop led by Nabil Ahmed will be held in Tromsø and convened by the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing on Friday, 1 June from 10:00 to 15:00. The event has a maximum capacity limit and requires registration. This workshop has been organised by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway in collaboration with the UiT: The Arctic University of Norway as part of the exhibition 'Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a new Worldliness'. If you are interested in attending and receiving a reading list, please email Liv Brissach with the subject line 'Let the River Flow. Tromsø Workshop.' Your email should include your statement of motivation and a short biography.

Click here to read more about the closing events of 'Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness'.

2018/05/28

Closing events of the exhibition 'Let the River Flow'

OCA ANNOUNCES

Closing events of
'Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness'

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Guided tour of the exhibition: 10:00–10:50
Symposium: 11:00–16:00

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7, 0551 Oslo
www.oca.no I info@oca.no

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) is pleased to announce a Guided Tour and a Symposium to conclude the programme of off-site and discursive events accompanying the exhibition 'Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness'. 'Let the River Flow' reflects upon the role of the arts in The Áltá-Guovdageaidnu Action (c. 1978–82), an eco-Indigenous uprising which changed the course of Sámi and Nordic history. The exhibition showcases the role of Sámi artists in the Action, and the solidarity of their non-Sámi counterparts. It also presents contemporary artistic positions, both Sámi and international, exploring the legacy of this civic protest movement today, at a time of growing global Indigenous power. 'Let the River Flow' simultaneously claims and challenges the place of Sámi art among new global, modernist museologies dedicated to expanding the canon of art history to a worldwide scale.

On Sunday, 3 June from 11:00 to 16:00, a closing Symposium will be held at OCA in Oslo to offer insights into issues of art, guardianship, land, nature and colonial consumption in relation to Indigenous artistic practices. This event will include presentations by Sámi author Marry Á. Somby on writing and literature in the staging of the Action; Sámi scholar Irene Snarby, contextualising the art of the legendary Sámi artist Iver Jåks (1932–2007) from a duodji perspective (a term mis-labelled as Sámi handicraft, which in fact encompasses a Sámi worldview, spirituality, Sámi knowledge, conceptions of nature and the making of objects in relation to life); renowned Māori curator Megan Tamati-Quennell will present central moments in recent Māori artistic production with particular focus on leading Māori artist Ralph Hotere and Senior Māori artists Emily Karaka and Shona Rapira Davies; Oslo-based musicologist, educator and musician Áine Mangaoang on the relationship between songs and protest; Sámi artist Pauliina Feodoroff on her work at the intersection of ecological restoration and film; Sámi musician and yoiker Sara Marielle Gaup and radio producer Eva Maria Fjellheim on art and guardianship; London-based, Bangladeshi artist, writer and researcher Nabil Ahmed, together with Papuan nature guardians Mama Yosepha Alomang and Markus Haluk, London-based human rights campaigner Andrew Hickman, and human rights lawyers Veronica Koman and Fadjar Schouten-Karwa will speak on recent research into environmental regulation, spatial and media practices and the law relating to the impact of mining in West Papua, as an environmental issue connected to current challenges across other Indigenous contexts, such as that of the Sápmi region.

The Symposium is free and open to everyone. No pre-registration needed. Lunch and snacks will be served. Click here to go to the programme and the contributors’ biographies.

Before commencing the Symposium, on Sunday, 3 June, from 10:00 to 10:50, OCA invites you to a guided tour through the exhibition led by OCA’s Director and Chief Curator Katya García-Antón.

For more information, please contact OCA’s Project Officer Nikhil Vettukattil, or call +47 23 23 31 50.


'Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness'
'Let the River Flow' is the fruit of three years of dialogue with artists, scholars, and peoples across Sápmi (whose land crosses four nation-states: Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia). The exhibition showcases the essential role of Sámi artists in the Action, in particular the seminal Mázejoavku: Sámi Dáiddajoavku (Sámi Artists’ Group, 1978-83), as well as the solidarity of non-Sámi counterparts. It presents rare historic works, side-lined from the Nordic art history canon, a small number of duodji, as well as material from the Archives of the Protest Movement against the Damming of the Áltá-Guovdageaidnu Water System, and new contemporary commissions that explore the legacy of Áltá today.

'Let the River Flow' is curated by Katya García-Antón with Antonio Cataldo. The project has been honoured by the guidance of an Advisory Council consisting of Sámi scholars, Prof. Harald Gaski and Dr. Gunvor Guttorm. The exhibition design is the result of discussions between the curatorial team and the Sámi-Norwegian collaboration of the architects A-Lab (Káre R. Anti) and Torsteinsen Design.

Artworks by: Áillohaš/Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Maria Thereza Alves, Jon Ole Andersen, Jimmie Durham, Elle Márjá Eira, Mai-Lis Eira, Aage Gaup, Trygve Lund Guttormsen, Josef Halse, Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen, Rose-Marie Huuva, Berit Marit Hætta, Susanne Hætta, Iver Jåks, Keviselie/Hans Ragnar Mathisen, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Joar Nango and Tanya Busse, Rannveig Persen, Synnøve Persen, Máret Ánne Sara, Arvid Sveen, Catarina Utsi and Elin Már Øyen Vister.

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a non-profit foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in 2001, with an "arm’s length” policy. Its principle aim is to foster dialogue between the art field in Norway – including Sami practitioners – and the international arts scene, as well as supporting these artistic figures in their activities around the world. As a result, OCA’s discursive, exhibition, publishing, residency and visitor programmes focus on bringing the plurality of practices and histories at the forefront of international artistic debates to Norway, and participating in such debates both nationally and internationally. OCA has been responsible for Norway’s contribution to the visual arts section of the Venice Biennale since 2001.

2018/05/28

Programme for the Closing Symposium of ‘Let the River Flow’

A Symposium organised by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) to coincide with the finissage of the exhibition 'Let the River Flow: The Sovereign Will and the Making of a new Worldliness' to offer insights into issues of art, guardianship, land, nature and colonial consumption in relation to Indigenous artistic practices.

Let the River Flow
The Áltá-Guovdageino Action (c. 1978–82) changed the course of Sámi and Nordic history. This exhibition showcases the role of Sámi artists in the action, and the solidarity of non-Sámi counterparts. It also presents contemporary artistic positions, Sámi and international, exploring the legacy of this Eco-Indigenous uprising today, at a time of growing global Indigenous power.

PROGRAMME

11:00–11:05
Welcome words
Katya García-Antón

11:10–11:35
On writing and literature in the staging of The Áltá-Guovdageino Action
Marry Áilonieida Somby

11:40–12:05
Contextualising the art of Iver Jåks (1932–2007) from a duodji perspective
Irene Snarby

12:10–12:35
Central moments in recent Māori artistic production; on leading Māori artist Ralph Hotere and Senior Māori artists Emily Karaka and Shona Rapira Davies
Megan Tamati-Quenell

12:35–13:15
Lunch Break

13:15–13.40
On songs and protest
Áine Mangaoang

13:45–14:10
On river guardianship, ecological restoration and film
Pauliina Feodoroff

14:15–14:40
On art and guardianship
Sara Marielle Gaup and radio producer Eva Maria Fjellheim

14:45–15:00
Coffee break

15:00–15:45
On recent research into environmental regulation, spatial and media practices and the law relating to the impact of mining in West Papua, and other Indigenous contexts

- Introduction and spatial evidence
Nabil Ahmed

- Self-determination and international law
Fadjar Schouten-Karwa

- Human rights and environmental justice
Veronica Koman

- Keynote presentation
Mama Yosepha Alomang

- Panel discussion
Nabil Ahmed, Mama Yosepha Alomang, Markus Haluk, Andrew Hickman, Veronica Koman and Fadjar Schouten-Karwa

15:45–16:00
Q&A


PARTICIPANT BIOS

Marry Áilonieida Somby is an author, playwright and visual artists from Sirbmá in Deatnu (Tana). She is also a practicing Shaman. In 1976 she released her debut children’s novel, Ámmul ja alit oarbmælli (Ámmul and the Blue Cousin). This was the first children’s book to be published in a Sámi language. Since her debut, Somby has published a number of novels and poetry collections for children and adults and contributed to a range of curriculum text books. As a playwright she has seen many of her plays performed at the Sámi national theatre, Beaivváš. Sámi and global Indigenous perspectives are present in many of her works, such as in the novel Bajándávgi (The Thunder Bow) from 2004 and in the collection of poems titled Krigeren, elskeren og klovnen – Mu apache ráhkesvuohta (The Warrior, the Lover and the Clown) from 1994. Aspects of these works are informed by Somby’s time spent living and working with various Indigenous and First Nations peoples in the Americas, both North and South. Somby also resided in the United States for many years. While being central in the Áltá Action, Somby was also one of the initiators of the Sámi Girječálliid Searvvi (SGS, Sámi Authors’ Association). In 2016 she was nominated for The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize together with illustrator Berit Marit Hætta, for the novel Čerbmen Bizi – Girdipilohtta (Bizi the Reindeer Calf – the Flying Pilot). For her role as playright for the theatre play Stainnak she was nominated for the Hedda Prize in 2012.

Irene Snarby is a Doctoral Research Fellow in Art History at SARP: The Sámi Art Research Project at UiT (Arctic University of Norway), where she is carrying out research into the works of the artist Iver Jåks for her PhD thesis. Snarby has worked as a curator within the Art Department of RiddoDuottarMuseat (Sámi Museums of Western Finnmark) in Kárášjohka (Karasjok in Norwegian) and has been a member of the Sámi Parliament’s Art Acquisitions Committee for Contemporary Art. For the last 20-years, she has written essays, given lectures and been an editor for several publications of Sámi art for over twenty years. Snarby has also been an advisor on important art projects such as the International Indigenous Art exhibition Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa, and There is no, at the Sámi Art Museum at Northern Norwegian Art Museum.

Megan Tamati-Quennell is Curator of Modern & Contemporary Māori and Indigenous Art at the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, the National Museum and Art Gallery of New Zealand. Her research interests include: Māori modernism and the works of post-war (1945) Māori artists; the first generation of contemporary Māori artists, Mana Wahine; Māori women artists of the 1970s and 1980s and 'The Māori Internationals' (artists who, with the advent of biculturalism, developed a postmodern construct peculiar to New Zealand and global Indigenous art with a particular focus on Indigenous art in Australia, Canada and the United States). She is currently developing a major retrospective exhibition of leading Māori modernist artist Paratene Matchitt for 2019; and working on a project that reframes Lisa Reihana’s 2017 Venice Biennale work In Pursuit of Venus [infected]. Tamati-Quennell has nearly 30 years of curatorial experience and is a leading specialist in the field of modern and contemporary Māori art. Her current projects include working as the commissioning curator for a major new installation by leading conceptual artist Michael Parekowhai (New Zealand’s 2011 Venice Biennale artist), a key project for the opening of the new Te Papa art gallery to 2018. She is a curatorial advisor for the 'Oceanic Show' (working title) due to open at the Royal Academy of Art, London, in September 2018, and for the second indigenous Quinquennial ‘Sakahàn’ to be held at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Pauliina Feodoroff is a director of film and theatre and a writer, known for among others, CO2lonialNATION (Giron Sámi Teáhter, 2017) and Non Profit (film, 2007) for which she was awarded the SARV (The Finnish Critics’ Association) Critical Incentives Prize in 2007. Her family are originally from the Kola Peninsula, and she grew up in a family of reindeer herding Skolt Sámi. Feodoroff has fought for water and land rights as well as to preserve the reindeer husbandry in the old forests of Nellim in the east of Sápmi/Northern Finland. She has served as elected President of the Sami Council, a period during which Feodoroff visited many remote Sámi communities in Russia where she addressed the issue of mining companies occupying the land. She also participated in a multiannual study of land occupation which resulted in the critically acclaimed publication, Eastern Sámi Atlas (Tero Mustonen and Kaisu Mustonen (eds.), Snowchange Cooperative, 2011).

Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska is a musician, duojár and advocate of Indigenous peoples’ rights. She is known as one of Sápmi’s foremost yoikers alive today, carrying traditions and knowledges across to new generations while also mastering modern styles and techniques. She is one half of the duo, Arvvas, which she formed with bass player, Steinar Raknes in 2014. She is also known for her previous project, Adjágas – a collaboration with yoiker, Lawra Somby, and for numerous collaborations with musicians from Sápmi and other Indigenous nations. She recently held a central role in the Sámi alliance with the protests in Standing Rock, United States, and has been part of initiating actions against the new fishing agreement between Norway and Sweden in the Deatnu river. In 2018 she was awarded the Áillohaš prize during the Sami Grand Prix in Guovdageaidnu.

Eva Maria Fjellheim is a radio producer for the feminist radio station RadiOrakel. She is a south Sámi activist and an active member of the Norwegian Solidarity Committee for Latin America. Eva also holds an MA in development studies and geography where she wrote a thesis on indigenous peoples' rights.

Áine Mangaoang is a musicologist, educator, and musician based in Oslo. Her work is concerned with how music is experienced in everyday life, particularly by those at the margins of society. Her current research project, 'Prisons of Note', uses mixed methods, including sound and film-making, to map the role of music in contemporary places of detention. Her writing appears in the journals Postcolonial Text, and Torture, and her first monograph, Dangerous Mediations: Pop Music and Power, is published by Bloomsbury (forthcoming). Mangaoang is co-founder of Nordic Sounds, an interdisciplinary research group, and currently holds a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oslo. Prior to this, Mangaoang held academic positions at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavík, the Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila University, and the Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool.

Nabil Ahmed is an artist, writer and researcher. His transdisciplinary research explores the contemporary status of nature in relation to the law, conflict and development. Recently, Ahmed has participated in the Taipei Biennale (2012), Cuenca Biennale (2014) and HKW in Berlin, where he has been part of the two-year ‘Anthropocene Project’ (2013­–14). Ahmed is co-founder of Call and Response, a sound art organisation based in London. He is a member of the ERC-funded Forensic Architecture Project at Goldsmiths, which brings together architects, artists, filmmakers, activists and theorists to undertake research that gathers and presents spatial analysis in legal and political forums. Ahmed is a lecturer at The Cass School of Architecture at London Metropolitan and has previously taught in the department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has been a guest critic at the Architecture Association, University of Westminster Faculty of Architecture and the Royal College of Art, London. He is a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.

Mama Yosepha Alomang is a community leader in West Papua, Indonesia. For decades she has been a central figure in the local resistance against the destruction caused by Freeport-McMoRan’s Grasberg mine in Papua, the world’s largest gold and copper mine. In 2001, she was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her long term efforts organising the community to resist the mining company’s devastating effects on the environment, as well as for uncovering their human rights violations and the government’s complacency. In 1999 she set up a foundation for human rights and anti-violence called YAHAMAK. Through their work, it has been Mama Yosepha’s aim to develop cultural programmes for young people and promoting self-reliance for women. She is a member of the Amungme community, one of West Papua’s many Indigenous peoples. Mama Yosepha is a recognised spokesperson on West Papua issues both in Indonesia and internationally.

Markus Haluk is the former Chairperson of the General Secretary of Central Highland Students’ Association of Papua and the Working Group of all West Papua pro-independence organisations. As an active advocate of Papuan independence and critic of the government’s support of the Freeport-McMoRan Grasberg mine in his country, he has been facing arrest by Indonesian authorities multiple times. He actively manifested for the closing down of the Grasberg mine. He has been doing advocacy on Freeport Grasberg mine since 2004. He is the current Executive Director of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua inside West Papua.

Andrew Hickman is an independent campaigner and researcher who has worked with Down to Earth, the international campaign for ecological justice in Indonesia and previously with Amnesty International. He is a board member of the London Mining Network and TAPOL, the campaign for human rights in Indonesia. He researches and campaigns on extractive issues in Indonesia and West Papua, in particular focusing on the mining and gas sectors. This work has involved looking at companies such as BHP Billiton, Bumi, BP and Rio Tinto. Currently, he is focused on large-scale extractivism in West Papua, particularly BP's Tangguh Liquid Natural Gas project and Rio Tinto's joint venture partnership with Freeport McMoran in the Grasberg mine. In looking at the links between international investment, extractivism, climate and ecological justice issues, he has worked to highlight the impacts on local communities and Indigenous peoples. Through this campaigning, the work has aimed particularly to facilitate local and Indigenous communities to advocate for themselves on these issues.

Veronica Koman is an Indonesian human rights lawyer focusing on West Papua issues, and is part of the growing pro-self-determination solidarity movement within Indonesia. Previously a public interest lawyer at the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute, she now advocates on grassroots and international human rights cases in West Papua. A member of International Lawyers for West Papua, Veronica is currently pursuing a Master of Laws at the Australian National University.

Fadjar Schouten-Korwa is an international lawyer for West Papua and former attorney-at-law who works as a senior lawyer at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. Since 2014 she has served as Chairperson of the Foundation International Lawyers for West Papua – a worldwide organisation of legal professionals of diverse backgrounds committed to end the gross human rights violations in West Papua, and to assist the Indigenous peoples of West Papua in exercising their right to self-determination under international law.



ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
'Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness' is the fruit of three years of dialogue with artists, scholars, and peoples across Sápmi (whose land traverses four nation-states: Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia). The exhibition showcases the essential role of Sámi artists in the action, in particular the seminal Mázejoavku: Sámi Dáiddajoavku (Sámi Artists’ Group, 1978-83), as well as the solidarity of non-Sámi counterparts. It presents rare historic works sidelined from the Nordic art historical canon, a small number of duodji, as well as material from the The Archives of the Protest Movement against the Damming of the Áltá-Guovdageaidnu Water System, and new contemporary commissions that explore the legacy of Áltá today. Let the River Flow is curated by Katya García-Antón, with Antonio Cataldo. The project has been honoured by the guidance of an Advisory Council consisting of Sámi scholars, Prof. Harald Gaski and Dr. Gunvor Guttorm. The exhibition design is the result of discussions between the curatorial team and a Sámi-Norwegian collaboration of the architects A-Lab (Káre R. Anti) and Torsteinsen Design.

Artworks by: Áillohaš/Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Maria Thereza Alves, Jon Ole Andersen, Jimmie Durham, Elle Márjá Eira, Mai-Lis Eira, Aage Gaup, Trygve Lund Guttormsen, Josef Halse, Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen, Rose-Marie Huuva, Berit Marit Hætta, Susanne Hætta, Iver Jåks, Keviselie/Hans Ragnar Mathisen, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Joar Nango and Tanya Busse, Rannveig Persen, Synnøve Persen, Máret Ánne Sara, Arvid Sveen, Catarina Utsi, and Elin Már Øyen Vister.


ABOUT OCA
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a non-profit foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in 2001, with an arm’s length policy. Its principle aim is to foster dialogue between the art field in Norway, including Sami practitioners, and the international arts scene; as well as support these artistic figures in their activities around the world. As a result, OCA’s discursive, exhibition, publication, residency and visitor programmes focus on bringing to Norway the plurality of practices and histories at the forefront of international artistic debates, and participating in such debates nationally and internationally. OCA has been responsible for Norway’s contribution to the visual arts section of the Venice Biennale since 2001.

2018/05/18

Upcoming Offsite Event of 'Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness': Goase Dušše revisited

OCA ANNOUNCES

A sensory walk and a concert encouraging a deep listening to Áillohaš’s The Bird Symphony As part of Singing along to whooper swans – talking with the rocks – Goase Dušše revisited by Elin Már Øyen Vister

Sunday 27 May 2018, 12:00–16:00

Sinober, Lillomarka

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7, 0551 Oslo
www.oca.no / info@oca.no

OCA is pleased to announce the upcoming offsite event of the exhibition ‘Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness’: A sensory walk and a concert encouraging a deep listening to Áillohaš’s The Bird Symphony as part of Singing along to whooper swans – talking with the rocks – Goase Dušše revisited by Elin Már Øyen Vister.

The event will feature talks and interventions by invited guests Gjermund Andersen (Chair of Naturvernforbundet – Friends of the Earth Norway), Anders Rimpi (composer) and Hanna Mattila (scholar). Freshly foraged forest herbs and soup will be served by Tokyo Twins and Elin Már Øyen Vister.

Norwegian artist and composer Elin Már Øyen Vister’s new work, Singing along to whooper swans – talking with the rocks – Goase Dušše revisited is the result of their deep-listening research responding to Áillohaš’s celebrated Goase Dušše – Loddesinfoniija (The Bird Symphony, 1992), and reflects upon the process of its creation and its relationship to ecology and music today. The walk will detour through some of Oslo’s last ‘old growth’ forest, focusing on the sounds of the living forest. As the artist states 'With Goase Dušše, Áillohaš wished to bring us the joy of listening to a symphony of the natural world, but at the same time he is sending a severe warning; "Nature is dying!" We will ponder this warning some 26 years later, as we enter a biodiverse old growth forest that our guide Gjermund Andersen will share his intimate knowledge of. He has spent his lifetime protecting old growth forests from logging.'

There will also be moments of listening to poetry by Áillohaš with Sámi literary scholar Hanna Mattila and finally a five minute sonic response entitled 'Emadusjá gus iehkedussjá? (Do you sense that dusk is approaching?)' by Sámi composer Anders Rimpi.

This is an outdoor activity, so please check the weather forecast for the day, and bring appropriate shoes and clothing. Food will be served on site. The event has a maximum capacity limit and consequently guests will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Liv Brissach with the subject line "The Bird Symphony Concert”. This is a child friendly event and suitable for ages 7+. Disabled transport available on request.

Detailed information including travel arrangements will be e-mailed to participants prior to the walk.

Please click here to read more about the Offsite and Closing Events of 'Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness'. Information in Sami and Norwegian available.


About Elin Már Øyen Vister
Elin Már Øyen Vister (b.1976 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Røst, Bergen and Oslo, Norway) is a sound artist, composer and DJ. Coming from a sonic background their multidisciplinary work is concerned with listening as an artistic practice and a way of composing, sensing and experiencing the world. Øyen Vister works with field recording, installation, composition, performance, sculpture, live improvisation, radio, sound for film and site specific sound interventions. One of their ongoing projects, Soundscape Røst, investigates and documents the rapidly changing natural and cultural sound environments of the Røst archipelago, as a result of the ongoing global environmental crisis. They are also part of Røst AIR working group – running an interdisciplinary artist in residency and communal workshops exploring the inter-relatedness of Ecology, Queer Thinking and Indigenous Perspectives. Founded in 2012, Røst AIR is situated on tiny island of Skomvær, Røst, Nordland, Sápmi/Northern Norway.


About Goase Dušše – Loddesinfoniija (1992)
The Bird Symphony was conceived by the iconic Sámi artist Aillohas, commissioned by the Music Drama Group/Swedish Broadcasting Corporation (Sveriges Radio). It premiered on Swedish Broadcasting Corporation on 22nd October 1992. This one-hour-long symphony of nature, was composed from a multitude of field recordings registered in different parts of Sápmi and was mixed in Áillohaš’s cottage in Beattet (Pätikkä), on the Finnish side of Sápmi, together with the Swedish sound technician Mikal Brodin. The work was produced by Gunilla Gustafsson (later Gunilla Bresky) and Sven Åke Landström.


About ‘Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness’
The Áltá-Guovdageino Action (c. 1978–82) changed the course of Sámi and Nordic history. This exhibition showcases the role of Sámi artists in the action, and the solidarity of non-Sámi counterparts. It also presents contemporary artistic positions, Sámi and international, exploring the legacy of this Eco-Indigenous uprising today, at a time of growing global Indigenous power.

‘Let the River Flow’ is curated by Katya García-Antón with Antonio Cataldo. The project has been honoured by the guidance of an Advisory Council consisting of Sámi scholars, Prof. Harald Gaski and Dr. Gunvor Guttorm. The exhibition design is the result of discussions between the curatorial team and the Sámi-Norwegian collaboration of the architects A-Lab (Káre R. Anti) and Torsteinsen Design.

Artworks by: Áillohaš/Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Maria Thereza Alves, Jon Ole Andersen, Jimmie Durham, Elle Márjá Eira, Mai-Lis Eira, Aage Gaup, Trygve Lund Guttormsen, Josef Halse, Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen, Rose-Marie Huuva, Berit Marit Hætta, Susanne Hætta, Iver Jåks, Keviselie/Hans Ragnar Mathisen, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Joar Nango and Tanya Busse, Rannveig Persen, Synnøve Persen, Máret Ánne Sara, Arvid Sveen, Catarina Utsi and Elin Már Øyen Vister.

For more information about the exhibition please click here.

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a non-profit foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in 2001, with an "arm’s length” policy. Its principle aim is to foster dialogue between the art field in Norway—including Sámi practitioners—and the international arts scene, as well as supporting these artistic figures in their activities around the world. As a result, OCA’s discursive, exhibition, publishing, residency and visitor programmes focus on bringing the plurality of practices and histories at the forefront of international artistic debates to Norway, and participating in such debates both nationally and internationally. OCA has been responsible for Norway’s contribution to the visual arts section of the Venice Biennale since 2001.

2018/04/30

Offsite and Closing Events of 'Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness'

Holsbekken. Photo: Holm/Jørgensen

Norsk versjon Sámegiel veršuvdna

OCA ANNOUNCES

The upcoming events linked to the exhibition ‘Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness’:

1. Offsite Event
A performative walk along the Holsbekken creek with facts, fiction, sound, language and speculation
As part of Holsbekken (RGB), a work by Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen

Saturday 12 May 2018, 12:00–16:00
Skiptvet, Østfold County

2. Offsite Event
A sensory walk and a concert promoting a deep listening to Áillohaš’s The Bird Symphony
As part of Singing along to whooper swans – talking with the rocks – Goase Dušše revisited by Elin Már Øyen Vister

Sunday 27 May 2018, 12:00–16:00
Sinober, Lillomarka

3. Closing Event of the Exhibition at OCA
A series of talks about the Áltá Action and other forms of affirmative cultural thinking during the 1970s and today

Sunday 3 June 2018, 11:00–16:00
Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7, 0551 Oslo
www.oca.no / info@oca.no

OCA is pleased to announce the first offsite event of the exhibition ‘Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness’: a performative walk along the Holsbekken creek as part of Holsbekken (RGB), by artists Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen.

Parallel to their video, photography, sculpture, sound and performance-based work, Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen’s practice focuses on mediating, writing and teaching about contemporary art. In 1993 they started Balkong, using their apartment as an exhibition space, to find alternative ways of making and presenting art. With artists from Thailand, they set up the Gildeskål-based Sørfinnset skole / the nord land in 2003, in Nordland county. This ongoing project questions the exploitation of nature, and focuses on the exchange of knowledge in a broad aesthetic understanding of the ecological realities in which societies, humans and nature are involved. A few years ago, Holm and Jørgensen relocated to Skiptvet, in the Østfold county, to the south-east of Oslo, an area surrounded by fields and forests.

Holsbekken (RGB) consists of two parts: a sculptural installation and a performative walk. The installation piece at OCA is composed of water from the eponymous stream running beside their house, mixed with yeast. A surveillance video from Holsbekken is continuously displayed throughout the exhibition at OCA in Oslo. Signals of activity in the water from the creek interfere with the video in real time. The Holsbekken creek flows into Glomma, the longest and largest river in Norway, whose 621-kilometre course has a drainage basin that covers 13% of Norway’s land area, in the south-eastern part of the country.

Furthermore, here is an abundance of water which is used for domestic, agricultural and industrial purposes in almost all parts of the country and at all times. Though the environmental conditions in Norwegian rivers and lakes are better compared to other European countries, there are wide regional variations, and the environmental conditions are poorest where the population density is highest.

On 12 May, from 12:00 to 16:00, Holm and Jørgensen will present the second and complementary part of their work on view at OCA alongside the Holsbekken creek. The performative walk includes discussions about a number of fluvial issues focusing on facts, stories, languages, expectations and speculations on the subject.

This is an outdoor activity, so please check the weather forecast for the day, and bring appropriate shoes and clothing. Food will be served on site. The event has a maximum capacity limit and consequently guests will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis. If you’re interested in attending, please email Liv Brissach at liv@oca.no with a subject line "Holsbekken (RGB) Walk”.

Detailed instructions including travel arrangements will be mailed to participants prior to the walk.

For more info and the artists’ bios, please click here.


About the upcoming offsite event on Sunday 27 May

On Sunday 27 May, Elin Már Øyen Vister will lead a sensory walk into the Lillomarka forest, north-east of Oslo, which will culminate in a deep-listening session to Áillohaš’s Goase Dušše (The Bird Symphony).

Norwegian artist and composer Elin Már Øyen Vister’s new work, Singing along to whooper swans – talking with the rocks – Goase Dušše revisited is the result of their deep-listening to Áillohaš’s celebrated Goase Dušše – Loddesinfoniija (The Bird Symphony, 1992), and reflects upon the process of its creation.

The Bird Symphony was a commission from the Music Drama Group/Swedish Broadcasting Corporation (Sveriges Radio). It premiered on Swedish Broadcasting Corporation on 22 October 1992. This one-hour-long symphony of nature was put together using a multitude of field recordings made in different parts of Sápmi, and was mixed in Áillohaš’s cottage in Beattet (Pätikkä), on the Finnish side of Sápmi, together with the Swedish sound technician Mikal Brodin. The work was produced by Gunilla Gustafsson (later Bresky) and Sven Åke Landström. The timeless quality of The Bird Symphony accentuates the relevance of its environmental messages today. Øyen Vister comments, "Áillohaš’s piece is a call to listen to the sounds of life, and a warning that ‘nature is dying’ (Áilu-loddemánná). It was and still is today, in an era of global ecological crisis, ahead of its time and is more relevant now than ever.”

This is an outdoor activity, so please check the weather forecast for the day, and bring appropriate shoes and clothing. Food will be served on site. The event has a maximum capacity limit and consequently guests will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis. If you’re interested in attending, please e-mail Liv Brissach at liv@oca.no with a subject line "The Bird Symphony Concert”.

Detailed instructions including travel arrangements will be mailed to participants prior to the walk.

For more info and the artist’s bio, please click here.


About the closing event of ‘Let the River Flow’ on 3 June 2018

The exhibition ‘Let the River Flow’ closes with a series of talks about the Áltá Action, and other forms of affirmative cultural thinking during the 1970s and today. The event includes presentations by Marry Áilonieida Somby on writing and literature in the making of the Action; Pauliina Feodoroff will present her work at the intersection of ecological restoration and film; scholar Áine Mangaoang will address the relationship between songs and rebellion; and renowned curator Megan Tamati-Quennell will connect the Álta action to parallel moments in Maori history. Nabil Ahmed will discuss recent research on environmental regulation, spatial and media practices and the law, in connection with current challenges across Sápmi.


About the ‘Let the River Flow’ exhibition and its opening hours in Nedre gate 7, Oslo

The Áltá-Guovdageino Action (c. 1978–82) changed the course of Sámi and Nordic history. This exhibition showcases the role of Sámi artists in the action, and the solidarity of non-Sámi counterparts. It also presents contemporary artistic positions, both Sámi and international, exploring the legacy of this Eco-Indigenous uprising today, at a time of growing global Indigenous power.

Opening dates: Thursday 12 April–Sunday 3 June 2018
Opening hours: Wednesday–Sunday: 11:00–17:00

For more info about the exhibition, please click here.

2018/04/18

Upcoming application deadline for funding and residency opportunities

Radio-broadcasted panel conversation with Contemporary Art Stavanger (CAS) at Untitled/San Francisco 2018. OCA supported CAS' participation in Untitled/San Francisco 2018 through the ISACAT scheme. Photo: CAS

OCA ANNOUNCES CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR:

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR GALLERIES AND INDEPENDENT EXHIBITION SPACES (ISGIES)

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR ART CRITICS, CURATORS, ART MAGAZINES AND TRANSLATION OF TEXT (ISACAT)

Deadline: 1 May 2018

www.oca.no/grants
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OCA is currently accepting applications for the following grant schemes, with application deadline 1 May 2018.

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT

Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists, international artists residing in Norway and non-profit arts organisations. Priority is given to exhibitions taking place in key international art institutions and project spaces. Support is also extended to solo exhibitions and group exhibitions initiated by international curators as well as to Norwegian art professionals organising exhibitions and projects abroad. The funding for International Support is provided by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Click here for more information and to go to the application forms.

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR GALLERIES AND INDEPENDENT EXHIBITION SPACES (ISGIES)

ISGIES is initiated and funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and administered by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) for the promotion of Norwegian galleries and independent exhibition spaces in international art fairs and temporary exhibition arenas. The grant should stimulate international efforts for galleries and independent exhibition spaces based in Norway to promote Norwegian contemporary art abroad, particularly with respect to participation in renowned international art fairs, as well as in temporary exhibition arenas. Click here for more information and to go to the application forms.

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR ART CRITICS, CURATORS, ART MAGAZINES AND TRANSLATION OF TEXT (ISACAT)

ISACAT is initiated and funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and administered by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) to support art critics, curators and art magazines based in Norway that have been invited to speak abroad about Norwegian art and artists in exhibitions, fairs and conferences; translations into English of art criticism and other contemporary texts regarding Norwegian art; and the participation of Norwegian art magazines in international art fairs. Click here for more information and to go to the application forms.

The applications for the above schemes are assessed by an international jury appointed by OCA.

For any further questions, please contact Anne Charlotte Hauen.


About the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) 
 

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a non-profit foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in 2001. Its principle aim is to foster dialogue between art practitioners in Norway and the international arts scene, and support artists 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 the plurality of practices and histories at the forefront of international artistic debates, insofar 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 the Venice Biennale since 2001.

2018/03/16

Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness

Norsk versjon Sámegiel veršuvdna

OCA ANNOUNCES

'Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness'
Curated by Katya García-Antón, with Antonio Cataldo
Advisory Board: Prof. Harald Gaski and Dr. Gunvor Guttorm

Exhibition Design: A-lab (Káre R. Anti) and Torsteinsen Design

Opening reception: Wednesday 11 April 2018, 18:00
Opening dates: Thursday 12 April–Sunday 3 June 2018
Opening hours: Wed–Sun: 11:00–17:00 



Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7, 0551 Oslo
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OCA is proud to announce the opening of the exhibition ‘Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness’ on Wednesday 11 April 2018 at 18:00.

The Áltá-Guovdageaidnu Action (c. 1978–82) radically shook the course of history in the Nordic region. Its call to ‘let the river live’ was launched against the construction of a large dam across the legendary Álttáeatnu (Áltá river) in Sápmi/Northern Norway. It grew from an unexpectedly broad movement of solidarity across civil society – Sámi, Norwegian and international – in which Sámi artists played a crucial role.

The Áltá Action was a reaction to the profound impact for Sámi communities, their livelihoods, their cultural heritage, and as environmental protectors, of the flooding by the dam of large areas of Sápmi. The resistance movement was as unprecedented within the history of social protest in Europe, as was its dramatic climax – the Sámi hunger strikes in Oslo in 1979. Morevoer it was part of the Áltá Action's new environmental consciousness of the 1970s, as well as the emerging histories of Indigenous empowerment of the time.

Today the action elicits bitter-sweet memories. Some historians have claimed that in catalysing Norway's signature of the United Nation's ILO Convention 169 and the creation of a Sámi Parliament, Kárášjohka, 1989, the action announced a new era of Nordic de-colonisation. One that potentially placed Norway at the fore-front of social justice policy-making world-wide. Yet a new generation of Sámi artists and thinkers claim that this process stalled early on coinciding with the rise of a new economy in Norway, and that the very survival of Sámi culture, land, livelihood and world-views is in serious danger today. Their voices are much sought after amongst the most prestigious cultural arenas internationally, and play an essential role within the powerful Indigenous movement spreading across the world – artistically, ecologically and politically.

'Let the River Flow' is the fruit of three years of dialogue with artists, scholars, and other cultural peers and peoples across Sápmi, traversing four nation-states (Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia). The exhibition showcases the essential role of Sámi artists in the action, in particular the radical Mázejoavku: Sámi Dáiddajoavku (Sámi Artists’ Group, 1978-83), as well as the solidarity of non-Sámi counterparts. It presents rare historic works side-lined from the Nordic art historical canon, as well as material from the The Archives of the Protest Movement against the damming of the Áltá-Guovdageino water system and new contemporary commissions that explore the legacy of Áltá today. 'Let the River Flow' simultaneously claims and challenges the place of Sámi art amongst the new global, modernist, museologies dedicated to expand the canon of art history to a world-scale.

'Let the River Flow' is curated by Katya García-Antón, with Antonio Cataldo. The project has been honoured by the guidance of an Advisory Council consisting of Sámi scholars, Prof. Harald Gaski and Dr. Gunvor Guttorm. The exhibition design is fruit of a Sámi-Norwegian collaboration by A-Lab (Káre R. Anti) and Torsteinsen Design.

Artworks, performances and lectures will be presented by: Nabil Ahmed, Áillohaš/Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Maria Thereza Alves, Jimmie Durham, Elle Márjá Eira, Mai-Lis Eira, Pauliina Feodoroff, Aage Gaup, Trygve Lund Guttormsen, Josef Halse, Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen, Berit Marit Hætta, Susanne Hætta, Iver Jåks, Keviselie/Hans Ragnar Mathisen, Áine Mangaoang, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Joar Nango and Tanya Busse, Rannveig Persen, Synnøve Persen, Máret Ánne Sara, Arvid Sveen, Elin Már Øyen Vister, amongst other contributors.

Click here to go to the artists’ biographies.
Click here for lectures, performances and events.

For more information, please contact OCA’s Communication Manager Tara Hassel.


ABOUT PREVIOUS OCA PROJECTS IN THE SERIES
'Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness' is a highlight of OCA’s long-term programme 'Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North'. Initiated in 2015 'Thinking at the Edge of the World' is a broad cross-disciplinary project exploring the cultural history of Sápmi/Northern Norway, curated by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) in collaboration with local institutions and artistic peers. The programme has inspired OCA to embark on a process of decolonisation of its working practices and institutional structures, addressing three vital areas: Personnel, Programmes and Publics. 'Thinking at the Edge of the World' has been structured through a series of regional and international dialogues and partnerships, the project unfolded in various forms and locations across Norway and beyond, including research, artists’ residencies, exhibitions, text commissions and a number of activities. It was implemented through a newly created OCA pilot office in Tromsø, as well as its premises in Oslo. Highlights included the cross-disciplinary international conference on Svalbard in June 2016; a symposium dedicated to Sámi art and activism, held in the Sámi Parliament in Kárásjohka (Karasjok) in August 2016, and including the launch of documenta 14’s South as a State of Mind, following which eight Sámi artists were invited to participate in documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel in 2017, namely three of the eight founding members of the Sámi Artist Group, Synnøve Persen, Keviselie/Hans Ragnar Mathisen and Britta Marakatt-Labba, as well as Niillas Somby, Iver Jåks, Mette Henriette, Máret Anne Sara and Joar Nango.

Honouring the 100th Sámi Jubilee in Tråante (Trondheim) in 2017, OCA’s year’s programme was primarily dedicated to Indigenous art and thought. In so doing it marked a continuous commitment to urgent, contemporary indigenous issues of global importance. Highlights included 'Museums on Fire!', a symposium exploring the challenge to modernist museologies by the Indigenous Turn, held within a specially created installation by Sámi artist Anders Sunna (April–June); and the three-day gathering in Máze (Masi), under the stewardship of the Sámediggi (Sámi Parliament), to relaunch the legendary Mázejoavku housing and studios as a future Indigenous residency (September).


To read more about the launch of ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’, please click here.

To read more about the cross-disciplinary international conference on Svalbard, please click here.

To read more about the launch of documenta 14’s South as a State of Mind as part of a day of public programming in Kárásjohka (Karasjok), please click here.

To read more about OCA’s programme in 2017 dedicated to Indigenous art and thought, please click here.