News : 2012/01

Dubravka Duba Sambolec Solo Exhibition at Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana

Published 2012/01/23

Dubravka Duba Sambolec, Drawing, 2010. Courtesy of the artist.




Exhibition Dates: 27 January – 24 February 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday 26 January, 19:00

With an Artist Talk on Wednesday 8 February, 18:00
A Panel discussion with Dubravka Duba Sambolec,
curator Urška Jurman, and Škuc Gallery Artistic Director
Tevž Logar on Thursday 23 February, 18:00

Curator Urška Jurman has invited Dubravka Duba Sambolec to present a solo exhibition at the Škuc Gallery from 27 January to 24 February 2012. The exhibition will consist of a selection of sculptures and drawings created in 2010 and 2011, which according to the curator, ʻresponds to the current political, economic and social situation, deconstructs gender identities, surveys natural phenomena and disasters, and questions the status quo and social passivity, while confronting the viewer with philosophical questions about human existence and the role of artʼ. Jurman states that ʻwhile the artistʼs drawings confront the spectator with the social reality of living here and now, the sculptures raise issues connected with the artistʼs own identity that is never uniform or stable, but flows between different anchor points: gender identity, family genealogy, (cultural) place, and artʼ. 'Situation Report' will also be presented at the Gallery of Contemporary Art and the Likovni Salon Gallery in Celje, Slovenia, from 9 March to 24 April 2012, where the exhibition will be extended to include works in other media. A bilingual catalogue following the exhibitions, including photographic documentation of the artist's work and texts by the artist, curator and the artistic director of Škuc Gallery, Tevz Logar, is scheduled for publication in autumn 2012.

For press inquiries and more information on this announcement, please contact Tevz Logar, artistic director, Škuc Gallery.

About the artist
Dubravka Duba Sambolec (b.1949 in Ljubljana, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) works with sculpture, installation, video, performance, drawing and photography. She has been exhibiting extensively in a number of Norwegian and international venues such as 'Aperto 88', La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy and the São Paulo Biennial, Brazil. Parallel to her artist activities she has been teaching at Art Academies such as the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (KIT), Trondheim, Norway and The National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo. She has been a guest artist and teacher in several international institutions such as The Academy of Fine Arts, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, and the The College of Art, Xian University of Architecture and Technology, Xian, China. Sambolec is a recipient of The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant and The Pollock-Krasner Grant, New York, NY, USA.

OCA Support
Dubravka Duba Sambolec's solo exhibitions at Škuc Gallery, Gallery of Contemporary Art and the Likovni Salon Gallery have been supported by OCA's International Support Programme.


Upcoming deadline for International Support and International Residencies: 1 February 2012

Published 2012/01/18

Linn Pedersen (Künstlerhaus Bethanien 2011-2012 resident), installation view from 'De innbygde', Galleri Maria Veie, Oslo, Norway, 2010. Courtesy of the artist.


International Support

International Residencies
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Capacete Residency Programme, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil
ISCP New York City, NY, USA

Deadline: 1 February 2012

OCA is currently accepting applications for the First Quarter Application Review for International Support. Forms are due by 1 February 2012. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists, international artists residing in Norway and non-profit entities. 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 objective for support is to foster the professional consideration and exhibition of Norwegian art abroad, innovative artistic production, and a creative process of dialogue and collaboration within the spectrum of contemporary cultural practice. OCA's International Support Programme aims to enable international institutions and international curators to work more comprehensively and thoroughly with individual artists, art groups and professionals to convey the critical initiatives behind their production. OCA finds it important to provide artists, art professionals, curators, and cultural producers the possibility to network professionally within the international arts community.

OCA provides International Residencies for Norwegian artists, curators and critics in a number of international venues. The upcoming 1 February 2012 deadline applies to Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Capacete Residency Programme and ISCP New York City. Click here to read more about OCA's International Residency Programmes.

Künstlerhaus Bethanien
In 2012-13 OCA offers a twelve-month residency programme for an artist, at the International Studio Programme Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, from 1 December 2012 until 15 November 2013. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists and international artists residing in Norway. Please notice that the residency is not available for BA or MA students. Applications will be assessed by an International Jury appointed by OCA, together with a representative from Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Click here to read more about Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

Capacete Residency Programme
In 2012 OCA offers a residency programme for an artist, an independent curator, a cultural producer or an independent art critic at Capacete, a forum and interdisciplinary project operating in Brazil since 1997. The duration of the programme is four months between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, including two-month stays in each city. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists and international artists residing in Norway. Please notice that the residency is not available for BA or MA students. Applications will be assessed by an International Jury appointed by OCA, together with a representative from Capacete. Click here to read more about the Capacete Residency Programme.

ISCP New York City
In collaboration with the American Scandinavian Foundation, OCA offers two studio grants – one for a Norwegian artist and one for a Norwegian curator – at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City. The artist residency has the duration of one year, from 1 September 2012 until 15 August 2013. The Curatorial residency has the duration of 3 months, from 1 September until 30 November 2012. Only Norwegian citizens are eligible for these grants. Please notice that the residency is not available for BA or MA students. Applications will be assessed by an International Jury appointed by OCA. Click here to read more about ISCP New York City.

For questions regarding applications for International Support, please contact Anne Charlotte Hauen. For international institutional applications, biennials and residencies, please address your questions to Paul Brewer.

OCA announces Condition Report: A symposium organised by Raw Material Company in Dakar, Senegal

Published 2012/01/13


the participation of Anne Szefer KarlsenStian Eide Kluge, Steffen HåndlykkenLinus ElmesMohamed Ali Fadlabi and Jet Pascua in

On building art institutions in Africa
A symposium in Dakar, Senegal, o
rganised by Koyo Kouoh and the Raw Material Company 
18–20 January 2012

OCA is pleased to announce the Norwegian participation in Condition Report, a 3-day international symposium on building art institutions in Africa organised by Raw Material Company in cooperation with the Goethe Institut and German Federal Cultural Foundation. The symposium takes place in Dakar, Senegal, from 18-20 January 2012. Representatives from Norwegian cultural initiatives invited by Koyo Kouoh (director of Raw Material Company and a participant in OCA’s International Visitor Programme in 2010) to take part in the symposium include Anne Szefer Karlsen (director of Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen), Stian Eide Kluge and Steffen Håndlykken (directors of 1857, Oslo), Linus Elmes (director of UKS, Oslo), Mohamed Ali Fadlabi (artist and curator of One Night Only exhibition series, Oslo) and Jet Pascua (director of Small Projects, Tromsø). 

According to the organisers, ‘Condition Report aims to address the changing role of art institutions and initiatives in relation to the broader artistic urgencies, and in relation to the society in its whole. The symposium is organised to evaluate a founding principle of many independent organisations that have emerged in recent years – namely that independent contemporary art institutions are an important voice in the construction of a strong cultural private sector as well as in forging a critical opinion from an open civil society. The importance of issues of action, space, power, control and quality will be covered. The sessions will also provide a platform for discussing case studies and experiences accompanied by an informed interpretative analysis’.

The symposium is divided into three leading chapters broken down into multiple sessions. In an effort to contextualise the African art scene and facilitate access and exchange to international participants, site visits to local art institutions are an integral part of the programme. The first chapter, Actors, Agents and Mainstream, ‘looks at existing institutions and how they work to build a shared understanding of artistic agency’. The second chapter, Remains of the Days, ‘discusses how former colonial powers define and implement their strategies of cultural representation and exchange in post-colonial areas’. The Norwegian delegation will participate in the third chapter titled Area Studies, which ‘investigates models and profiles of art institutions developed in other regions of the world with similar historical and contemporary settings’. The session scheduled on Friday, 20 January, titled Case Study: Norway, will elaborate upon a grass roots impulse that is assuming the scene of contemporary art and how it relates to international exchange.

Other international participants in the symposium include Abdellah Karroum (Appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco); Yto Barrada (Cinémathèque de Tanger, Tanger, Morocco); Oyinda Fakeye (Center of Contemporary Art Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria); Juan Gaitan (Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands); Livia Paldi (Baltic Art Centre, Visby, Gotland county, Sweden); Kerstin Pinther (Free University, Berlin, Germany); Dirk Snauwaert (Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium); Ousseynou Wade (Dakar Biennale, Dakar, Senegal) and Marie-Cécile Zinsou (Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Benin), among others.

About Raw Material Company  
Raw Material Company is a not for profit center for art, knowledge and society. It is an art initiative unfolding within the realms of exhibition making, commissioning, knowledge sharing, and archiving of theory and criticism. It works to foster appreciation and growth of artistic and intellectual creativity in Africa.

For press inquiries and more information on this announcement, please contact OCA´s Head of International Relations Paul Brewer, or Odette Laurent and Camille Osterman from Raw Material Company.

About the Norwegian symposium participants

Mohamed Ali Fadlabi (b.1975) is a Sudanese-Norwegian painter based in Oslo. He works mainly with paintings, performance and text, and has had exhibitions in Norway, Germany, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland and France. In addition to his bachelor's from the National Academy of the Arts, where he is currently working on his master's degree, he received a bachelor's in political science at Elnaileen University 1995-1999, and studied painting at the Sudan University 1995-1997. Fadlabi is the founder of One Night Only Gallery in Oslo. He grew up in Sudan's capital Khartoum. After his political alliances and activities forced him to leave Sudan, he arrived in Norway in 2003 where he was granted political asylum. 

Anne Szefer Karlsen (b.1976) is a curator based in Bergen, Norway currently director of Hordaland Art Centre (2008-2014), which was established in 1976 as the first artist run art centre in Norway. Hordaland Art Centre is a non-profit gallery space, a residency programme and a bookshop and café. Szefer Karlsen is trained as an artist and curator, and for a number of years she acted as an independent curator as well as producer of different events and festivals. She was co-founder of Flaggfabrikken ー Centre for Photography and Contemporary Art (2002-2008) and is the co-founding editor of Ctrl+Z Publishing (since 2006). 

Steffen Håndlykken (b.1981) is an artist living and working in Oslo. Recent exhibitions include Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo and The Drawing Biennial, Moss, and, as part of the artist group Institute for Colour: 0047, Oslo; Volt, Bergen; and Common Lands, Oslo. In 2010 he founded 1857 with Stian Eide Kluge, an artist-run space devoted to producing new projects by international artists. Since 2009 he has been co-editor for UKS-forum, a journal of contemporary art and theory published by the Young Artists Society in Oslo.

Stian Eide Kluge (b.1977) lives and works in Oslo. He is a graduate from the National Academy of Art and Design, Oslo and School of Visual Arts, Department for Film in New York. His work has recently been shown at Kunstnerforbundet, Galleri Erik Steen, 0047, Galleri Trafo and Galerei Gabriel Rolt. In 2010 he founded 1857 with Steffen Håndlykken, an artist-run space in Oslo devoted to producing new projects by international artists.

Jet Pascua (b.1969) is a Filipino-born visual artist now residing in Tromsø, Norway. He studied at the University of the Philippines, Department of Fine Arts, the National Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo and the National Academy of Fine Arts, Bergen in where he attained his Master in Fine Arts degree. He has also taken part and organized several group and solo exhibitions internationally. He is the founder and director of Small Projects, a non-profit artist-run gallery supported by the Norwegian Arts Council and the city of Tromsø.

Linus Elmes (b.1972) is an artist, curator and writer with a background in Swedish artist initiated projects such as the deliberative collaborative project ak28 and the imaginary experiment Ersta Konsthall. He is currently director at UKS (Young Artists Society) in Oslo.

About O3–funds  
Condition Report has been supported by O3–funds as underwritten by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for enhancing collaboration in the contemporary art field with professional artists in countries designated by the MFA. The purpose of the O3–funds as allocated to OCA is to further develop cooperation and professional networking between OCA and the constituency of artists, independent cultural producers, and organisations that are located in designated countries. This includes but is not limited to 'professional research visits by cultural producers, artists, and curators', 'short-term residencies for cultural producers and artists', 'seminars, conferences, art projects, workshops that focus on the further development of professional exchange and networking between and among countries', and 'project development on an international scale'.