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Announcing the OCA nominated residents for Artica Svalbard 2023

8 February 2023

OCA is very pleased to announce artists Yamile Calderón, Helene Sommer and Nikhil Vettukattil as the OCA nominated residents for Artica Svalbard in 2023.

OCA is one of the key partners of Artica Svalbard who offer one of the northernmost artist and writer residency programmes in the world. Expressions of interest are open for a minimum of four week residency at Artica Svalbard. Learn more here


Yamile Calderón

Yamile Calderón is an artist born in Colombia, based in Oslo. She studied photography at Bergen National Academy of Arts. She has recently published her second photo book, “Narcos & Homes", and was awarded Bildende Kunstnernes Hjelpefonds (BKH) Fotokunstprisen 2020 (Photo Art Prize). Calderon’s work is inspired by memories from her childhood and personal stories. By approaching the documentary genre from a subjective perspective, she explores visual and narrative strategies and the interpretation of reality.

Helene Sommer

Helene Sommer

Helene Sommer is a visual artist based in Oslo. Through video, text and installation she questions the way we understand and relate to our surroundings and its history, particularly in regard to the the premises and politics of the sciences.Sommer is interested in the multiple levels of translation, interpretation and rhetorical devices that are involved in all storytelling. She graduated from the National Academy of Art in Oslo in 2003 and has since shown her work in galleries, museums and festivals.

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Nikhil Vettukattil

Nikhil Vettukattil is an artist and writer who lives and works in Oslo. Using a range of media such as sound, installation, performance, text, sculpture, and video, his practice questions modes of representation and image-making processes in their relation to lived experiences.Vettukattil is a member of the art collectives Tenthaus and Carrie, as well as a part of Atelier Kunstnerforbundet and the Institute for Scene Experiments. As part of Tenthaus, he will co-curate the MOMENTUM 12 Biennale opening May 2023.

Header image: Nikhil Vettukattil, Circulation (fluidics 0 gate), 2021, Kinetic Sculpture, dimensions variable, Fake blood, baby oil, pic tubing, vacuum formed plastic, motor, acid battery, electrical components. Installation view 'The Fountain Show II', Sundy, London (2021)



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