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Office For Contemporary Art Norway

September 2018 Newsletter

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OCA has moved into new offices in the same building complex at Nedre gate 7, bidding a fond farewell to the exhibition space. This move is in line with our mission to support and foster Norway’s diverse art communities, and we remain as committed as ever to research and producing the exhibitions and discursive programming that have come to define OCA's activities. We will now develop new formats and collaborations for future programming.

Please save the date for an informal Housewarming on Tuesday 25 September 2018, 19:00–21:00. Invitation to follow.



OCA is pleased to announce María Inés Rodríguez as our current International Studio Programme resident in Oslo. An internationally acclaimed curator, Rodríguez most recently served as the director of CAPC Musée d’art Contemporain of Bordeaux from 2014–18, where the core of her project was to consolidate the museum as a platform for knowledge through the exhibition, cultural, and educational programmes. To this end she oversaw important retrospective exhibitions for artist such as Judy Chicago, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Franz Erhard Walther and Beatriz González as well as site specific commissions for the nave of the museum with Danh Vo, Leonor Antunes, Rosa Barba, and Naufus Ramirez Figueroa. Prior to Bordeaux, Rodríguez served as chief curator at the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC) in Mexico City and chief curator at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Léon (MUSAC) in Spain. Her curatorial and research practice has dealt with a wide array of topics and interests, including the appropriation of public space in art, design, education, architecture, and urbanism as well as the links between artistic production in its historical, political, and social contexts.

In conjunction with her residency, Rodríguez will organise the first Scandinavian screening of two works by French-Colombian artist and filmmaker Laura Huertas Millán on 2 October 2018, 18:00–21:00, with a reception to round off her time in Oslo.

Photo: Danh Vo



OCA's International Visitor Programme (IVP) invites international curators and cultural professionals to do research in Norway for upcoming exhibitions and projects. Autumn IVP participants include Robin Clark (SFMoMA, San Francisco), Christina Lehnert (Portikus, Frankfurt) and Stephanie Seidel (ICA Miami, Miami).



OCA congratulates Norwegian artist Ane Graff, who is invited to be part of the exhibition 'Weather Report: Forecasting Future' curated by Kiasma’s director Leevi Haapala and curator Piia Oksanen in the Nordic Pavilion 2019 within the 58th Venice Biennale. The exhibition also presents Maria Teeri (Finland), Janne Nabb (Finland) and Ingela Ihrman (Sweden).

OCA has supported Ane Graff's inclusion in international exhibitions including the 2016 Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, and the 2015 New Museum Triennial, New York, NY, USA. She has been a part of OCA's International Residency Programme in Berlin and Beijing.

The co-commissioners of the other Nordic countries are Moderna Museet’s co-director Ann-Sofi Noring and Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA)'s director Katya García-Antón. For more information click here.

OCA’s director Katya García-Antón will commission the Nordic Pavilion in 2021.

Ane Graff, Maria Teeri, Janne Nabb and Ingela Ihrman. Photo: Finnish National Gallery, Pirje Mykkänen.



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.

International Support for Galleries and Independent Exhibition Spaces (ISGIES)

ISGIES is initiated and funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and administered by OCA for the promotion of Norwegian galleries and artist run spaces in renowned international art fairs and temporary exhibition arenas. The grant stimulates international efforts for galleries and artist run spaces based in Norway to present contemporary art and promote Norway abroad. Click here for more information and to go to the application forms.

International Support for Art Critics, Curators, Art Magazines and Translation of Text (ISACAT)

ISACAT 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 contemporary 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 regrets to inform that this is the last round of support for ISACAT.



Wiels Residency Programme

In 2019, OCA offers a residency programme for an artist at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, Belgium. The duration of the programme is six months, from 1 January until 30 June 2019. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists and international artists residing in Norway. The programme is designed for artists who have already elaborated a specific and promising aesthetic language but seek artistic, theoretical and professional support in order to develop their practice. 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 WIELS Contemporary Art Centre. Click here for more information and to go to the application form.

Capacete Residency Programme

In 2019, OCA offers a three-month residency at Capacete from 1 April to 30 June. Applications are accepted from Norwegian artists, curators, critics and writers, as well as international artists, curators, critics and writers based in Norway. Please notice that the residency is not available for BA or MA students. This is a residency for research and to connect with the local art scene, and therefore it is not studio based. The resident will be accommodated in a shared apartment five minutes walk from the Capacete Residency Centre. This is a vibrant meeting place with a library of books and films, and where they also organise public talks, seminars and workshops. They have a small exhibition space and the staff is fully engaged and physically present. Capacete has been part of the São Paulo Biennale four times and can also help to facilitate visits to the biennale. Click here for more information and to go to the application form.



OCA is happy to welcome two new colleagues this autumn. Our new Head of External Relations and Communications Ingrid Moe is joining us from the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York where she was in charge of their contemporary art initatives, and our new Programme Manager Drew Snyder is a curator and art historian who was previously based in Accra, Ghana. For more information on their backgrounds, click here.

OCA is seking to hire a Communication Officer responsible for assisting in developing OCA’s communication programme. Application deadline: 18 September 2018. Click here for more information.


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