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Artists announced for 'Milk of Dreams’ - 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

3 February 2022

Artists announced for 'Milk of Dreams’ - 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

OCA congratulates Sandra Mujinga, Liv Bugge, Aage Gaup rohki -the late Aage Gaup and Britta Marakatt-Labba who have been announced amongst the artists exhibiting in the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

The Biennale Arte 2022 exhibition ‘Milk of Dreams’ brings together a diverse group of more than 200 artists from 58 countries and delves into questions whose urgency has intensified in recent years.

How is the definition of the human changing?
What constitutes life, and what differentiates plant and animal, human and non-human?
What are our responsibilities towards the planet, other people, and other life forms?
And what would life look like without us?

The exhibition is curated by Cecilia Alemani, Chief Curator of High Line Art, New York. In early 2020 OCA facilitated a research tour to Norway and Sápmi where she was introduced to artists and experts offering perspectives relevant to her curatorial research. This tour was part of OCA’s International Visitor Programme, connecting international curators and art professionals to art practices across Norway and Sápmi.

OCA is honoured to be part of this process.

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Aage Gaup

Aage Gaup rohki, scenographer and sculptor, was an active member of the legendary Máze group (1978–1982), Gaup developed a unique visual language for Indigenous scenography. Gaup attended Trondheim Art School (1973 – 1978) and was trained in both classical and modernistic sculpture. His first scenographies were developed in 1979 within the context of Alta Action, which brought together Indigenous and environmental activists. Alongside his work as a visual artist, Aage Gaup has been instrumental through the work of Beaivváš, an independent theatre group first established in 1981 in Guovdageaidnu (Guovdageaidnu is Northern Sámi for Kautokeino), and formalised with state support in 1991. Beaivváš uses Sámi as its performing language, and is the only Sámi language theatre in Norway. --- photo: Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum / Kjetil Rydland

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Liv Bugge

Liv Bugge lives and works in Oslo. She was educated at KHiO (Oslo National Academy of the Arts) and HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Art) in Belgium. She completed a practical PhD at KHiO in 2019. Her research seeks to address systems of control and internalised normative structures that harness and govern dualisms like life and non-life, humanness and wildness, by taking conversation and touch as a starting point in the making of artworks. Bugge is currently associated professor at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. --- photo: Kajsa Dahlberg

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Britta Marakatt-Labba

Britta Marakatt-Labba is a visual artist living in Övre Soppero, Sápmi, Northern 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 Mázejoavku: Sámi Dáiddajoavku (Sámi Artists’ Group 1978–83) in 1979. Her primary medium is embroidery and her epic, 24-metre-long piece Historja (2003–07), which narrates the history and cosmology of the Sámi people, was featured in the documenta Halle in Kassel as part of documenta 14. --- photo: Magne Risnes

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Sandra Mujinga

Sandra Mujinga is an artist and musician, who lives and works in Berlin and Oslo. She graduated from the Malmö Art Academy. Mujinga works in a diverse range of different mediums from sculpture and installation, video and photography to performance and electronic music, often brought together in a single work. Recent solo exhibitions include, Göteborg Art Museum, Swiss Institute, New York, The Approach, London (all 2021), Vleeshal, Middelburg (2020), and Bergen Kunsthall (2019). In 2021, Mujinga was awarded Sandefjord Kunstforenings kunstpris and Der Preis der Nationalgalerie, and participated in the New Museum Triennal and Momenta Biennial de l'image. She is currently represented with a solo show at MUNCH --- photo: Chai Saeidi

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