News : 2017/04

Upcoming application deadline for funding opportunities

Published 2017/04/25

Eline Mugaas and Elise Storsveen, ALBUM 11. Courtesy of the artists






OCA is currently accepting applications for the three following grant schemes, including the new International Support for Art Critics, Curators, Art Magazines and Translation of Text.


OCA is currently accepting applications for the initial round of application reviews for International Support for Art Critics, Curators, Art Magazines and Translation of Text. The scheme 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 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.


OCA is currently accepting applications for the second round out of three application reviews during 2017 for 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.


OCA is currently accepting applications for the second round out of three application reviews during 2017 for 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.

The applications for the above schemes are assessed by an international jury appointed by OCA. The following application deadline this year is 1 October 2017.

For any further questions, please contact Anne Charlotte Hauen.

About 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 Norwegian artists 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, 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.

Detailed programme for 'Museums on Fire!'

Published 2017/04/18

Norsk versjon

Thursday, 20 April

Opening statement by Anders Sunna
Introduction by Katya García-Antón

Anne May Olli
On the as yet to be realised project for the Sami Museum in Kárášjohka

Eva Dagny Johansen
On the restitution process of Indigenous artefacts in Norway and the Alta case

A discussion between Anne May Olli and Eva Dagny Johansen, moderated by Katya García-Antón
Speakers debate the rethinking of museums of art and cultural history taking place today in Norway, including the remediation of their collections and the ongoing processes of Indigenous artefact restitution. The discussion also addresses the forms of knowledge transmission and exhibitory structures catalysed by these processes.


Coffee break

Catalina Lozano
Minor histories against hegemonic knowledge

Gerald McMaster
On practices of reconciliation and canon expansion. The political chapter of Canada

Anna Hudson
The archive project as a micro-museum. Community practices of ownerhip and empowerment

A panel with Catalina Lozano, Gerald McMaster and Anna Hudson, moderated by Katya García-Antón and Antonio Cataldo
Panelists will discuss the expansion of the museological canon (collections and exhibitory practices) in the face of a growing global art history. Particular attention will be paid to methodologies relevant to Indigenous artistic practices, including those pertinent to cultural loss, recovery and activation.


Coffee break

A presentation by Jonathan Jones. This will be followed by a conversation between Raven Chacon, Carola Grahn, Geir Tore Holm, Jonathan Jones, Duane Linklater and Anders Sunna, moderated by Carola Grahn
During this discussion, artists will comment upon their practices and experiences within and beyond institutional spaces such as the museum model, as well as in the face of the growing ´indigenisation´ of the international art world.


Afterparty at Ingensteds (Brenneriveien 9) featuring a concert by Elle Márjá Eira and a DJ. The party is being co-hosted with National Museum of Contemporary Art on the occasion of the exhibition opening of 'Tori Wrånes. Hot Pocket'.

Friday, 21 April

Drum Grid concert, composed by Raven Chacon. Performed by students from Prosjektskolen
Meeting point: OCA

Screening of The Right to the Land and Water (2011–12, video, 14 min), postscript by Geir Tore Holm

Reading by Duane Linklater

Refreshments to follow

Web interventions by Carola Grahn throughout the symposium

Opening of documenta 14 in Athens

Published 2017/04/07


The opening of documenta 14 in Athens, Greece
Artistic Director: Adam Szymczyk
Curatorial team: Pierre Bal-Blanc, Hendrik Folkerts, Candice Hopkins, Hila Peleg, Dieter Roelstraete, Paul B. Preciado, Monika Szewczyk and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

Professional preview opening: 6 April 2017, 11:00–23:00

Public opening: 8 April 2017, 11:00–21:00
Exhibition dates: 8 April­–16 July 2017

OCA is pleased to announce the opening of documenta 14 in Athens, under the artistic directorship of Adam Szymczyk, with the participation of artists and writers Andreas Angelidakis, Bouchra Khalili, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Hans Ragnar Mathisen, Joar Nango, Synnøve Persen, Máret Ánne Sara, and Niillas Somby. The artists selected include an important number from Sápmi, coinciding with the 100th Sami Jubilee celebrating the first congress of the Sami people held in the Methodist Church in Tråante (South Sami for Trondheim) on 6 February 1917 at the initiative of Elsa Laula Renberg, an advocate of Sami rights and leader of the Sami Women's Association.

In 2016–17 OCA has dedicated its programmes to exploring indigenous art and thought, as well as the cultural history of Northern Norway. This marks a commitment to urgent, contemporary indigenous issues of global importance, while honouring the Sami Jubilee. Within this context OCA curated a day-long public programme in August 2016 in Kárášjohka, Sápmi (Karasjok, Norway) which hosted the first presentation of South as a State of Mind #7 [documenta 14 #2] with d14 Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk, d14 Editor-in-Chief of Publications Quinn Latimer and d14 curator Candice Hopkins. This allowed the documenta 14 team to encounter current artistic practices and conduct research regarding recent history and developments within the local communities.

Click here to see the programme of the inauguration week.

About the artists and their participation in d14

Andreas Angelidakis studied Architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and continued his studies at Columbia University (MSAAD) in New York where he graduated in 1995. From the beginning of his career he has been working at the intersection of art and architecture, often expanding onto other disciplines such as curating and writing. His has held solo exhibitions at ALT Art Space, Istanbul, 2016; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, 2014; ‘CrashPad’ for the 8th Berlin Biennial Kunstwerke, Berlin, 2014; The Breeder, Athens, 2013; GloriaMaria Gallery, Milano, 2012; Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2009 (with Angelos Plessas); Inmo Gallery, Los Angeles, 2006; MU center for art and architecture, Eindhoven, 2005; The Breeder, Athens, 2003; Visionaire Gallery, New York, 2001. His work has been presented in group exhibitions, which include, among others, Liverpool Biennial 2016; Chicago Architectural Biennial 2015; Frieze Foundation commissions, Frieze Art Fair London, 2013; 13th Venice Biennial of Architecture, Greek Pavilion, 2012; Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, 2012 and 2010; 1st Beijing International Design Triennial, Beijing, 2011; AnalixForever, Paris, 2011; Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2011; Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, 2010, 2009 and 2008; Holon Museum of Design, Israel, 2010; Casa Encendida, Madrid, 2008; Rodeo Gallery, Instabul, 2008; 798 Art Space- Beijing, 2008; Artfront Gallery, Tokyo, 2007. Works by Andreas Angelidakis are included in the collections The Art Institute of Chicago, the National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens, the Zabludowicz Collection in London.

Angelidakis was invited by documenta 14 to transform the architecture of the Athens Municipality Arts Center into the Parliament of Bodies (the public programmes of documenta 14) and into an exhibition venue. His work will be on view at Parko Eleftherias.

Bouchra Khalili is a an artist based between Berlin and Oslo, currently teaching at the Academy of Fine Art of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Khalili holds a Master in Film from Sorbonne Nouvelle and an MFA in Visual Arts from École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy. In 2011-2013, she was a fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, at The New School, New York. Khalili’s work in video, installation, photography and prints, investigates the discourses and strategies of resistance as developed, elaborated, and narrated by members of political minorities. Khalili’s main field of interest concerns the interaction between language, subjectivity, and collective voice, to investigate the ability and the limits of the image and sound to reflect the complex articulations of contemporary migrations, colonial history, physical and imaginary geography, in the era of globalization. Khalili is also the recipient of several grants and awards, as among others: Sam Art Prize 2013, Abraaj Group Art Prize, 2013; DAAD-Artist in Berlin 2012; Vera List Center for Art and Politics Fellowship (2011-2013) and Villa Médicis Hors les Murs (2010). Khalili is a co-founder of La Cinémathèque de Tanger, an artist run non-profit organisation based in Tanger, Morocco, dedicated to promoting film culture in North Africa. For La Cinémathèque, Khalili has curated and co-curated numerous film exhibitions in Tanger and abroad, including at Photographers’ Gallery, London (2006); Cinéma du Réel, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007); Los Angeles County Art Museum (2009); La Virreina Art Center, Barcelona (2011) and at Jeu de Paume, Paris National Gallery (2012).

Khalili’s work will be on view at the Nikos Kessanlis Exhibition Hall of the Athens School of Fine Arts.

Britta Marakatt-Labba is a visual artist living in Övre Soppero, Sweden. She grew up in a family of reindeer herders and then studied art at Sunderby Folkhögskola and at the School of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Art in 1978. Marakatt-Labba became a member of the influential artist collective, the Máze Artist Group, in 1979. She has exhibited widely, nationally and internationally. Her major retrospective Cosmos, at the Bildmuseet in 2008 included over 100 works. Marakatt-Labba’s works are found in many public and private collections in the Scandinavian countries. Her central medium is embroidery and the epic, History, is a 24-meter tapestry that narrates the history and the cosmology of the Sami people. The major monograph, Embroidered Stories, was published in 2010. Marakatt-Labba has in addition fulfilled many public commissions and worked extensively with book illustrations, scenography and graphic design.

Marakatt-Labba’s work will be on view at the Benaki Museum.

Hans Ragnar Mathisen is a visual artist who lives and works in Tromsø, Norway. Known also under his artist name Keviselie, he studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, receiving his degree in 1979. Mathisen was a member of the Máze Artist Group from the start in 1978. His prolific artistic practice extends across a variety of media, including painting, graphic arts, drawing, sculpture, photography, and, occasionally, writing. He has also produced book illustrations. Since the mid-1970s, Mathisen has developed a cartographic practice, engendering his own maps that revive the knowledge of Sami place names and Sami culture removed from official cartography. Mathisen has frequently exhibited through solo and group exhibitions across Scandinavia. His works are in many Norwegian public collections. In addition, Mathisen has worked with numerous public commissions, as well as being an engaged advocate of Sami rights, cultural expression and autonomy.

Mathisen’s work will be on view at the Nikos Kessanlis Exhibition Hall of the Athens School of Fine Arts.

Joar Nango is an architect with a degree from NTNU in Norway, and a practicing artist. He works with place-specific installations and self-made publications, which explore the boundary between architecture, design and visual art. Thematically speaking, his work relates to questions of indigenous identity, often through investigating the oppositions and contradictions in contemporary architecture. Recently, he has worked on the theme The Modern Sámi Space through, amongst other things, a self-published zine series entitled Sámi Huksendáidda: the Fanzine, design project Sámi Shelters and the mixtape/clothing project Land & Language. He is also a founding member of the architecture collective FFB, which works with temporary installations in urban contexts. Currently, he lives and works in Tromsø, Norway. He has held several exhibitions in Canada, at 161Gallon gallery (2007) and Gallery Deluxe Gallery in Halifax (2008), at GallerySAW in Ottawa (2013) and at Western Front in Vancouver (2014). Nango’s work has also been exhibited internationally in Ukraine, Finland, China, Russia, Colombia and Bolivia.

Joar Nango will present the performance ‘European Everything’ at the Athens Conservatoire (Odeion) at 14:00, 16:00 and 19:00 from 6 to 9 of April. The performance is created in collaboration with artists Håvard Arnhoff, Tanya Busse, Wimme Saari, Sigbjørn Skåden, Martijn in 't Veld, Elin Már Øyen Vister, Tarrak and Aqqalu.

Synnøve Persen is a visual artist and poet, living in Bevkop on the Norwegian side of Sápmi. She studied painting at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo, and was one of the founders of the influential Máze Artist Group, an artist collective that reformed the work of Sami artists. Synnøve Persen has published several collections of poetry and has performed her poetry extensively in readings and musical collaborations. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her most recent solo exhibition was at Adde Zetterquist Kunstgalleri in 2016, while her first took place in 1983 at Tromsø Kunstforening. Persen’s art is in many public and private collections in Norway and elsewhere. She has also been a consistent political activist. She was a leading figure in the Alta-conflict, participating in the 1979 hunger strike outside the Norwegian parliament in Oslo. One of her early art projects was a proposal for a Sami flag which was used during the 1979 demonstrations. Persen has been an important organiser of Sami artists, both in developing the Sami Artists’ Union and establishing the Sami Center for Contemporary Art in Kárášjohka (Northern Sami for Karasjok).

Persen’s work will be on public view at the EMST – National Museum of Contemporary Art.

Máret Ánne Sara is an artist educated both within journalism and arts. Editor and indigenous journalist, Sara has covered indigenous issues around the world, while her creative mind has observed and picked up artistic influences internationally. Sara comes from a traditional reindeer herding family in the core of Sápmi. She has studied art in the UK, and product design in Guovdageaidnu (Northern Sami for Kautokeino), where she currently lives and works. Sara has designed imagery for Sámi artist and fashion designers. She is a published novel writer and has exhibited visual art since 2003.

Sara will present in the public space of Athens, and with a number of events connected to her ongoing project Pile of Sápmi in May 2017.

Niillas Somby is a Sami political rights activist, journalist and photographer. Somby is a resident of the village Sirma in Tana. He is known as one of the seven Sami hunger strikers outside the Norwegian Parliament in Oslo in 1979 in connection with the Alta conflict. His most recent book is Gumppe diimmus, which written in Northern Sami has not yet being translated into English. A direct translation of the title would be "In the Hour of the Wolf". In the book Somby retells the story of the Alta conflict, the hunger strike moment, his activist attempts against the seizure of politics on the Sápmi territory, the period of refuge in Canada during the 80s, and the search for alliance with other indigenous communities. Somby has been directing documentaries which address today's problematics in Sápmi which include Gáddegánddat about salmon fishing; and Soagis Sallenii about birch tree (both 2003). He was the subject of the 1999 documentary Give Us Our Skeletons!, a film directed by Paul-Anders Simma who retraces Somby’s family history in searches for the head of his ancestor, Mons Somby. Mons Aslaksen Somby and Aslak Jakobsen Hætta were executed by decapitation on 14 October 1854 for murder, following a rebellion against the Norwegian government; their heads, claimed by the Norwegian government for scientific research were held within the collection of 900 skulls at the Anatomical Institute, in Oslo.

Niillas Somby was of the opening speakers of the public programmes of documenta 14 Parliament of Bodies, 34 Exercises of Freedom on 16 September 2016.

Additional texts for the exhibition guide have been written by Katya García-Antón on the work of Máret Ánne Sara, and by Hannah Horsberg Hansen on Hans Ragnar Mathisen, Britta Marakatt-Labba, and Synnøve Persen.

For more information on the Sami and Norwegian participation within documenta 14, please contact OCA's Communication Manager Tara Hassel.
For enquiries on documenta 14's please contact d14 Head of Communications Henriette Gallus.

OCA’s IVP Programme
d14 Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk, d14 Editor-in-Chief of Publications Quinn Latimer and d14 Curator Candice Hopkins participated within OCA's IVP (International Visitor Programme) in August 2016.

History of Norwegian participation in documenta
Previous Norwegian participants in documenta are: Rolf Nesch in documenta 1 1955, Artistic Director: Arnold Bode. Anna-Eva Bergman in documenta 2, 1959, Artistic Director: Arnold Bode. Edvard Munch in documenta 3, 1964, Artistic Director: Arnold Bode. Wenche Mühleisen in a satellite programme of documenta 7, 1982, Artistic Director: Rudi Fuchs. Olav Christopher Jenssen in documenta 9, 1992, Artistic Director: Jan Hoet. Matias Faldbakken, Toril Johannessen, Aase Texmon Rygh and Hannah Ryggen in documenta 13, 2012, Artistic Director: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.

About OCA
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs in 2001 to develop cultural collaborations between Norway and the international arts scene. Currently directed by Katya García-Antón, OCA curates national and international exhibitions, seminars and publications, supports Norwegian artist's and curator's projects abroad, and invites international curators and artists to Norway for research purposes. Since 2001, OCA has been responsible for curating the Nordic Pavilion in the Venice Biennale.


Official opening of Artica Svalbard and its Artist-in-Residence Programme

Published 2017/04/06

Photo: A K Dolven, 2016.


Carlos Casas, Oddvar I. N. Daren, Lars Palgaard and Mette Henriette as OCA's first artists-in-residence within the newly established Artica Svalbard foundation in Longyearbyen, Svalbard archipelago
Artica Svalbard

OCA, currently embarking on a long-term collaboration project with Artica Svalbard, is pleased to announce that Carlos Casas, Oddvar I. N. Daren, Lars Palgaard and Mette Henriette are OCA’s first artists-in-residence at the newly established foundation in Longyearbyen.

Artica Svalbard and its Artist-in-Residence Programme was officially opened by H.M. Queen Sonja of Norway together with the Minister of Culture Linda Hofstad Helleland on 30 March 2017 at 18:00, followed by statements from the founders and collaborating partners. The launch concluded with a series of breakfast dialogues on 31 March 2017 with the aim of engaging with Svalbard’s local community as well as national and international guests.

Artica Svalbard’s partners programming the residency are Norwegian PEN, the H.M. Queen Sonja Art Foundation and Office of Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), each of whom will substantially strengthen Artica Svalbard’s activities by selecting artists and writers from their networks to undertake residencies, engage with the local community, and catalyse public programmes on Svalbard over a period of three to nine months each, starting from this year and due to continue over the years to come. The residency includes a specially commissioned print workshop, which will also be available for the local community.

OCA will also contribute by connecting its International Studio Programme (ISP) to Artica, through OCA’s ISP+ programme.

For more information about OCA, please contact Communication Manager Tara Hassel

About the artists

Carlos Casas is a filmmaker working across documentary filmmaking, cinema, and contemporary visual and sound arts. His work has been exhibited in a number of venues and festivals including Hangar Bicocca, Milan; Netmage, Bologna; Documenta, Madrid; and Fondation Cartier, Paris. A modern day explorer, Casas’s works deals with the idea of survival, death and the archaic. He has just concluded a trilogy of work dedicated to the most extreme environments on the planet; Patagonia, Aral Sea and Siberia. He is currently working on a film about a cemetery of elephants on the borders between India and Nepal, and he is part of the ongoing exhibition ‘Ten Days Six Nights’ at Tate Modern, London.

Oddvar I.N. Daren, an artist working across genres with paintings, objects, sculptures and land art. He received his education from the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norway (1977–81) and the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands (1982–84). He has held solo exhibitions at Bodø Kunstforening, (2015); Trondheims Kunstforening, (2013); Galleri F15, Moss (1986) and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Bærum (1985). His work has recently been presented in the group exhibition ‘Silent Revolt’ at The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2016) and Trondheim Kunstmuseum (2007, 2017).

Lars Paalgard, studied at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (1978–82) and the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (1983–85). He has been part of exhibitions in Norway and abroad, and his works are included in public collections such as the Arts Council Norway and the Trondheim Kommune (Trondheim municipality). Paalgard was one of the initiators of G.U.N (Galleri Uten Navn / Unnamed Gallery) and Sound of Mu in Oslo. Recently his work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium (2014) and Galleri 69, Oslo (2016) and in the group exhibition ‘Silent Revolt’ at The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2016).

Mette Henriette is an independent musician, improviser and composer based in Norway. She studied at The Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and has taken private lessons from musicians such as Maja Ratkje, Eivind Buene and Sidsel Endresen. At the age of 19 she received a scholarship to study at the School for Improvisational Music in New York, where she connected and performed with a number of free improvisers, some of which she formed bands with and toured Tajikistan and USA.
She has worked with legendary figures such as performance artist Marina Abramovic, producer Manfred Eicher, photographer Anton Corbijn and theatre director Robert Wilson among others.

About the Artica Svalbard Foundation
The participation of international artists and writers from all fields, in both the Artist-in-Residence Programme and the Public Programme, has been conceived with a local and international perspective. Residents will contribute to the cultural life of Svalbard through dialogue with the local community, its resident researchers and various professionals, together with the investigations and critical thinking of the participating artists and writers. With this in mind, Artica Svalbard intends to promote discussions and collective thinking about the Arctic and its importance across the planet concerning issues of resources, nature, technology, society, culture and geopolitics in relation to the global world we live in today, and within the environmental and political changes we are facing collectively – both internationally and within the circumpolar region itself. These artists and writers will contribute to Artica Svalbard through the work and research carried out during their residency. Their investigations and thinking will inspire a series of public programmes of talks and seminars which intend to stimulate a wider critical and philosophical exchange of ideas, research and expressions, throughout the circumpolar region and internationally.

Artica Svalbard was founded by the The Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Fritt Ord (the Freedom of Expression Foundation) and SpareBank1 (Northern-Norway’s Cultural Business Development Foundation) on 8th November 2016. The foundation of Artica Svalbard has been made possible through generous support from The Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Fritt Ord, SpareBank1 and the DNB Savings Bank Foundation.

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 Norwegian artists 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 as much as it seeks an active presence in international arenas. OCA has been responsible for Norway’s contribution to the visual arts section of the Venice Biennale since 2001.

About the other collaborating partners

Norwegian PEN Norwegian
PEN is the Norwegian division of PEN International, founded in England in 1921 by Amy Catharine Dawson-Scott as an international literary association founded to promote friendship and international cooperation among writers everywhere. PEN is an acronym for ‘Poets, Essayists and Novelists’, later broadened to ‘Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists’. Norwegian PEN was founded as the national division by Johan Bojer in 1922.

Like several European and North American members, Norwegian PEN works primarily with freedom of expression issues, mostly internationally. Norwegian PEN is active in PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee and the IFEX (International Freedom of Expression exchange) network.

The H.M. Queen Sonja Art Foundation
The H.M. Queen Sonja Art Foundation was established in 2011 to generate interest in and promote the development of graphic art. The Foundation stages the Queen Sonja Print Award every other year. The first award was given to Tiina Kivinen in 2012. The cash prize is taken from the yield on the Foundation’s capital along with any gifts or other contributions received by the Foundation. In addition, the prize-winner also receives an educational stay at the art studio Atelje Larsen in Helsingborg, Sweden. The amount of the cash prize is determined by the board.

With its focus on international graphic art in all its expressions and media, the Queen Sonja Print Award is set to become the most prestigious prize within this field of contemporary art.

`Museums on Fire!’

Published 2017/04/05

Anders Sunna, Girjas, still here, 2015. Cortesy of the artist.

Norsk versjon Sámegiel veršuvdna


‘Museums on Fire!’ a symposium taking place within a scenography, punctuated by artists’ actions

Thursday 20 April 2017, 12:00–18:00
Friday 21 April 2017, 18:00–onwards

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

OCA is pleased to present ‘Museums on Fire!’, a symposium in Oslo and subsequently in Kárášjohka (Northern Sami for Karasjok) that will take place against a scenography specially commissioned to artist Anders Sunna, with a number of actions and interventions by artists Raven Chacon, Carola Grahn, Geir Tore Holm and Duane Linklater.

‘Museums on Fire!’ considers the entanglement of art institutions within the colonial and modernist ideologies that created them, and asks artists, curators, academics of indigenous and non-indigenous descent to consider the spaces and processes through which indigenous artistic practices, past and present, should be addressed today. What would a non-colonial museum look, feel and sound like? Is it enough to widen the modernist art historical canon through the politics of inclusion? And is the museum per se an obsolete model for indigenous practices? Should novel constellations of thought and practice be sought to affirm and mediate the indigenous discourses of the future?

With the significant ‘indigenisation’ of the international art world – as indigenous voices are increasingly sought after for biennials, residencies, exhibitions and art fairs – art institutions are facing the challenge of engaging meaningfully with indigenous thinking. While the problematic issues of modern institutions were denounced early on by the likes of artist Kazimir Malevič (his 1919 text On the Museum celebrated the empowering force of burning museums) today this questioning is most profoundly felt to come from current indigenous artistic practices.

Confirmed speakers in the symposium are Raven Chacon, Carola Grahn, Geir Tore Holm, Anna Hudson, Eva Dagny Johansen, Jonathan Jones, Duane Linklater, Catalina Lozano, Gerald McMaster, Anne May Olli and Anders Sunna. Artists’ interventions by Raven Chacon, Carola Grahn, with screenings of works by Geir Tore Holm and Duane Linklater. ‘Museums on Fire!’ is curated by Katya García-Antón, with Antonio Cataldo, Ida Marie Ellinggard and Vilde Horvei.

Click here to see a detailed programme for 'Museums on Fire!'.

Geir Tore Holm will present an artistic intervention related to the symposium in Kárášjohka on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 held in collaboration with Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš (Sami Center for Contemporary Art) and the RiddoDuottarMuseat (Sámi Museums in Finnmark).

The scenography by Anders Sunna in Oslo will remain on public view at OCA from Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00 (closed on 17 and 25 May) until 25 June 2017.

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

About the participants

Raven Chacon is a composer, performer, and installation artist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is also a member of the Indigenous art collective, Postcommodity. Chacon is Navajo.

Eva Dagny Johansen is a curator at the Alta Museum and a PhD researcher within the IKOS department of the University of Oslo. Johansen is Norwegian.

Carola Grahn is an artist from Jokkmokk who constructs and deconstructs social relations in an attempt to understand given roles, how they relate to the individual self-image and at the same time influence society. Grahn is Sami.

Geir Tore Holm is an artist and educator concerned with the interaction between people and the environment, agriculture and life. Holm is Sami.

Anna Hudson, is an academic, currently Associate Professor, Canadian Art History and Curatorial Studies, York University, Canada. Dr. Hudson is currently leading Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage (MICH), a six-year (2012-2018) research-creation collaboration aimed at recovering, preserving, documenting, facilitating and disseminating Inuit knowledge, culture and creativity. Hudson is Canadian.

Artist and curator Jonathan Jones worked for some years at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. He is well known for his evocative site-specific installations and interventions which illuminate a bridge between cultures and the spaces of exchange. Jones is Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi.

Duane Linklater, is an artist whose work explores the structural language of an institution and space, as well as excavates histories to unearth folds and knots addressing cultural loss, recovery and sovereignty. Linklater is Cree Indian.

Catalina Lozano is an independent curator and writer. Her research interests and curatorial practice are focused on minor historical narratives that question hegemonic forms of knowledge. She recently co-edited the book Crawling Doubles: Colonial Collecting and Affects with Mathieu K. Abonnenc and Lotte Arndt. Lozano is Colombian.

Anne May Olli is Director of RiddoDuottarMuseat, a complex of four museums and an art collection spread across the Finnmark county, Sápmi, Northern Norway. Olli is Sami and part of a reindeer herding family.

Gerald McMaster is a curator, artist and author. He is professor of Indigenous Visual Culture and Critical Curatorial Studies at OCAD University. With over 30 years of international work and expertise in contemporary art, critical theory, museology and Indigenous aesthetics he has gained a thorough understanding of transnational Indigenous visual culture and curatorial practice. He is Plains Cree and Blackfoot, and enrolled in the Siksika First Nation.

Anders Sunna is an artist who grew up in a reindeer herding family in Kieksiäisvaara. His artistic work engages with the political history of the Sami people and with his family's 47 year conflict with Sweden’s northernmost administrative herding delegation. Sunna is Sami.

About ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’
The event forms part of ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’, a broad cross-disciplinary project exploring the cultural history of Northern Norway, curated by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA). Structured through a series of regional and international dialogues and partnerships, the project is unfolding in various forms and locations across Norway and beyond, including research, artists’ residencies, exhibitions, text commissions and a number of activities implemented through an OCA pilot office in Tromsø as well as its premises in Oslo.