News : 2016/08

OCA Pop-Up in Bodø

Published 2016/08/24

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OCA Pop-Up in Bodø
Guest Speaker: Heather Jones, writer and curator

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 / 19:30

Piccadilly pub
Storgata 4b,
8006 Bodø

OCA has the pleasure of announcing the sixth OCA Pop-Up in collaboration with Nordland County Council to be held at Piccadilly pub in Bodø on Wednesday 7 September at 19:30. The presentations form part of OCA’s focus to reach out to art communities in cities outside the capital, such as Trondheim, Kirkenes, Tromsø, Bergen and Stavanger, in collaboration with local art institutions and guest artists. Guest-speaker Heather Jones will share some of her experiences as a writer and international art curator.

The OCA Pop-Ups have been designed in order to connect with local art communities, present OCA's activities, facilitate the use of OCA as a tool for art professionals in their internationalisation process, as well as further the transmission of information on the dynamics of the international art world. The aim of OCA Pop-Up is to strengthen the position of OCA as a discussion partner with art communities nationwide. The series was inaugurated in May 2014 at Trondheim Kunstmuseum. The second and third meetings were held in collaboration with Pikene på Broen in Kirkenes, and Northen Norway Art Museum in Tromsø, both in October 2014. The fourth and fifth meeting were held at Bergen Kunsthall and Rogaland Kunstsenter in November 2014 and April 2016 respectively. Click here for more information.

For more information, please contact Communication Manager Tara Hassel.

About Heather Jones
Heather Jones is an American curator and writer, co-founder and Editor of Contemporary Art Stavanger (CAS), and Exhibitions Manager at Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway. She was previously the Exhibitions Coordinator at Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, a Master Apprentice at the studio of Sol Lewitt and Studio Manager for the artist Swoon. She was the recipient of a 2014 Curatorial Fellowship from the Stavanger Municipality Culture Department. Recent projects include the exhibitions ‘Sans Tête Au Monde, Sascha Braunig: Torsion’, and the first institutional retrospective of ‘Judith Bernstein’, all at Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway. Jones holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from Stockholm University and a certificate in Architectural History and Theory from the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm.

About Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) 

OCA is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in 2001 with the aim of developing cultural collaborations between Norway and the international arts scene. OCA aims to become one of the main organs in the international contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as exhibitions, seminars and publications, as well as by providing support to Norwegian artists for their activities in the international art arena, and by inviting international curators and artists to Norway. OCA has been responsible for Norway's contribution to the visual arts section of la Biennale di Venezia since 2001.

Saodat Ismailova in conversation with Leif Magne Tangen at OCA

Published 2016/08/23

Saodat Ismailova, Abdulaziz (Letters series, 2014). Prints. Courtesy the artist


OCA ISP resident artist Saodat Ismailova, in conversation with Tromsø Kunstforening Director Leif Magne Tangen

Wednesday 31 August 2016, 19:00
Live audio streaming

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7, 0551 Oslo I

OCA is pleased to announce a talk with OCA ISP resident artist, Saodat Ismailova, who will be in conversation with Tromsø Kunstforening Director, Leif Magne Tangen on Wednesday, 31 August 2016.

Saodat Ismailova will give an overview of her work as a filmmaker, which deals with a sensory meditation on the realities of womanhood, through the filter of society and the history of representation in her home country, Uzbekistan. The presentation will unravel issues of silence and secrecy coming from 40 Days of Silence (2014), a film in which a young girl’s vow is a search for intergenerational answers of gender, religion, and ritual performances. Zukhra (2013) connects this secrecy to wishes through an oneiric untraditional narration.

Acceptance, transformation and mutation are returning themes in Ismailova’s work as in her on-going project Qyrq qyz (“40 Women”) which looks at the spiritual world, the collective unconscious of a society beyond a given time and obligations of religious and political systems. Ismailova says 'The present is a search for yourself which is hidden in your history (memory)'. She considers films as historical documents which 'cannot lie', 'they bear witness of a specific moment in time independently of their being categorised as "fiction" or "documentary" material'. This search for an historical truth has been part of her recent research on archives of silent Uzbek films from the early 1930s and film journals from the region, which she has been working on more closely during her OCA residency in the Ekely housing complex. How the female body has been represented in the public realm, and how we can think and question active emancipatory forms within society is part of an aesthetic question that Ismailova will open up during her presentation.

Ismailova’s ISP programme at OCA includes travel and research to Tromsø, where she will develop her first solo exhibition in Northern Europe at the Tromsø Kunstforening (TKF), scheduled to open in January 2017.

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

About Saodat Ismailova
Born in Uzbekistan, Saodat Ismailova studied filmmaking at the Tashkent State Institute of Art. Subsequently she joined the cinema department of Fabrica, Benetton's research centre, in Treviso, Italy. Her first award-winning feature film, 40 Days of Silence, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014 and has since been presented in more than 30 countries around the world. Ismailova is currently working on directing her next feature-length film, Barzagh. Her video and sound installations have been presented at numerous international exhibitions and festivals, including most recently the 2013 Venice Biennale (Central Asian Pavilion) and 'Lost to the Future', the 2014 Singapore Biennale. Titled 'Celestial Circles', her first solo exhibition was presented at the Kunstsammlungen und Museen Augsburg, Germany in 2015.

Currently Ismailova is a guest artist at Le Fresnoy, National Center of Contemporary Arts, Tourcoing, France, where she realised a three-screen film installation - Stains of Oxus – featuring the Amu Dariya, a major river in Central Asia where she collected the dreams of inhabitants living alongside the river's shores.

About Leif Magne Tangen
Leif Magne Tangen, who grew up in Reine, in the Lofoten archipelago, has worked as a freelance curator, writer and producer with a key focus on experimental films, and he is currently the Director of the Tromsø Kunstforening. He has been artistic director of Fotogalleriet, the Norwegian Foundation for Photography and director of PIEROGI Gallery. In 2006 he established D21 Kunstraum Leipzig where he was artistic director and in 2007 he wrote along with Mark Aerial Waller, Cosmin Costinas, Rosemary Heather, Francis McKee, David Reinfurt, Steve Rushton and Heman Chong, the science fiction novel PHILIP. He is also co-curator of Reihe Experimental film. Tangen, lives between Tromsø and Leipzig, and co-founded vitakuben, a production company for artists working primarily with artists’ films. Vitakuben has produced films by Knut Åsdam, Loretta Fahrenholz, Declan Clarke and Benjamin Naishtat, among others.

OCA ISP – International Studio Programme
International residents (artists, curators and critics) are invited to OCA’s International Studio Programme (ISP) for a period of up to three months. The length of the stay depends on the respective resident’s schedule needs. The resident is provided with a professional studio, an apartment at Ekely (an artists's colony where Edvard Munch built his studio and where he lived and worked until his death in 1944) for their stay in Oslo, and additional research possibilities during their stay. The residency can be used for independent research, work on a project taking place in Norway, teaching purposes or for other activities in relation to Norwegian contemporary culture. OCA’s ISP programme guests are also invited to extend their residency participation into networked activities in the form of public talks, seminars and presentations organised by OCA and/or at the invitation of other institutions throughout Norway.

In 2016 OCA, under the umbrella of the project, 'Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’, initiated a number of residencies and programmes of readings, performances, lectures and upcoming exhibitions for visiting artists, curators and critics in Northern Norway with the cooperation and support of local institutions.

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.


Launch of documenta 14’s `South as a State of Mind' in Kárásjohka, Sápmi, within a day-long public programme

Published 2016/08/11

South as a State of Mind #7 [documenta 14 #2], Cover, June 2016

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A day-long public programme in Kárášjohka, Sápmi (Karasjok, Norway) and the first presentation of South as a State of Mind #7 [documenta 14 #2]

With d14 Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk and d14 Editor-in-Chief of Publications Quinn Latimer

Saturday 27 August 2016, 10:00–until late

The Sami Parliament / Sámediggi (and other venues)
Avjovargeaidnu 50
Kárášjohka, Sápmi
9730 Karasjok, Norway

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is delighted to announce a presentation of the second volume of documenta 14’s journal South as a State of Mind in Kárášjohka, Sápmi (Karasjok, Norway), together with documenta 14’s Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk and Editor-in-Chief of Publications Quinn Latimer who will both introduce one of the world’s largest exhibitions and conduct short readings from the journal on Saturday 27 August 2016.

The public presentation of d14 #2 volume is part of an intense day of public programming which includes lectures, conversations and music, together with Sami artists and activists speaking about crucial moments in their recent history and today’s challenges within the region. Among the contributors are curator and former director of the Sami Center for Contemporary Art Jan-Erik Lundstrøm in conversation with Hans Ragnar Mathisen, Britta Marakatt Labba and Synnøve Persen, focussing on their commitment as founding members of Sami Artist Group 1978–1983 / Mázejoavku: sámi dáidojoavku; presentations by Associate Professor of Sami Literature at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway Harald Gaski and film-maker Gunilla Bresky on the work and life of Nils-Aslak Valkeapää; an address on the rhetorics of Western law and indigenous philosophies of justice by writer, yoiker and Associate Professor of Law at UiT Ánde Somby; Associate Professor Hanna Horsberg Hansen from Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing of UiT engaging in a debate about today’s art production, activism as well as territorial and environmental issues with Dáiddadállu/ Artists Collective Kautokeino (a group of practitioners which includes, among others, Elle-Marja Eira, Rawdna-Carita Eira, Elle-Sofe Henriksen and Máret-Ánne Sara).

The presentation of documenta 14’s journal South in Sápmi is part of 'Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’ and coincides with Adam Szymczyk, Quinn Latimer and Candice Hopkins’s participation within OCA's IVP (International Visitor Programme). It will allow the documenta 14 team to encounter current artistic practices and conduct research regarding recent history and developments within communities in Sápmi and northern Norway. The event is curated by OCA in collaboration with documenta 14 and the Sami Center for Contemporary Art, and co-organised with The Sami Parliament.

The event is open to everyone, but there is limited seat capacity. To register, please send an e-mail to with ‘d14 south’ in the subject field by Wednesday 24 August 2016. For more information, please contact OCA’s Communication Manager Tara Hassel.

About documenta 14
documenta 14 is organised by Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk together with a team whose first members were appointed in 2014. documenta 14 begins in Athens on 8 April 2017 and will continue in Kassel from 10 June to the end of September 2017. Documenta is a periodic exhibition, which began in 1955 as an attempt to re-establish culture and the visual arts as a primary focus of society, and to reconnect Germany with the field of international art at the time, after the trauma of World War II. Since then, every four and later five years, it has become both an exhibition of contemporary art worldwide and a moment of reflection on the relation between art and society. The last edition of documenta drew over 860,000 visitors from all over the world. For more info please visit

About South as a State of Mind
South as a State of Mind is a magazine founded by Marina Fokidis in Athens in 2012. Beginning in 2015, the magazine temporarily became the documenta 14 journal and will publish four semi-annual special issues until the opening of the exhibition in Athens and Kassel in 2017. These special issues are edited by Quinn Latimer and Adam Szymczyk. The documenta 14 South is conceived as a medium for research, criticism, art, and literature that parallels the years of work on the d14 exhibition overall, one that helps define and frame its concerns and aims. As such, the journal is a manifestation of documenta 14 rather than a discursive lens through which to merely presage the topics to be addressed in the eventual exhibition. Writing and publishing, in all their forms, are an integral part of documenta 14, and the journal heralds that process.

For information about documenta 14 and d14 South as a State of Mind, please contact d14 Head of Communications Henriette Gallus on

About the Sami Center for Contemporary Art
The Sami Center for Contemporary Art / Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš is a centre for Sámi visual art and a profiled arena of contemporary expression, presenting a year-round programme of temporary exhibitions of international contemporary art with a particular focus on Sámi visual art. Under the heading SDG c/o they carry out various external projects, national and international, in collaboration with others in the art field. For more information about the Center please visit or contact Jan-Erik Lundström at

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.