Press Releases : 2012/11

Morten Krohg at Raw Material Company, Dakar

Published 2012/11/29

Morten Krohg, Folkets kunst?, 1972. Courtesy of the artist


Morten Krohg in residency at Raw Material Company, Dakar
December 2012

with a lecture and performance in collaboration with Issa Samb
Friday, 7 December 2012 / 20:30

Raw Material Company
4074 bis Sicap Amitié 2
Dakar, Senegal

Morten Krohg will participate in a residency in December 2012 at Raw Material Company in Dakar. During his visit the artist will conduct research on Senegalese contemporary art and its historical contexts within the country’s social and political movements. He will meet with professors at the Institut Supérieur des Arts et de la Culture and Cheikh Anta Diop University and visit major museums and cultural sites in Dakar. Throughout the residency, Krohg will maintain a dialogue with artist Issa Samb in which they will explore their shared engagement with radical activist art strategies developed in their respective practices during the 1960s and 1970s in the seemingly opposing contexts of Senegal and Norway. On 7 December, Krohg and Samb will engage in a collaborative lecture and performance at Issa Samb's studio in Dakar.
The residency is supported by O3–funds* and is part of a series of programme activities OCA is developing in relation to art, society and politics in contemporary Africa, leading up to the solo exhibition by the Senegalese artist Issa Samb, which will open in winter 2013 in OCA’s public space. 

The Raw Residency is part of the residential programme of Raw Material Company in Dakar. It is directed towards artists, architects, academics, curators and critical writers, and facilitates production of new works that provide a visual and critical discourse on social and political issues. The residency programme is strongly attached to community engagement as a mean to reintegrate art practice as a defining part of society. The overall aim of the residency programme is to sustain a continuous presentation of and a confrontation with African and Africa-related artistic practices.

About the artist
Morten Krohg is a Norwegian artist who since the 1960s has demonstrated a radical political awareness through his art. He was part of the Norwegian 1960s avant-garde scene, and became an important figure in the radical leftist movements of the 1970s as a member of the artists' collective Gras (1969–74). His work encompasses photography, installation and painting. In addition to his own artistic practice, Krohg has been vital to the democratisation of Norwegian art institutions and a champion of artists’ rights throughout his career. He served as chairman of Kunstnernes Hus (1966–69), acted as director of Vestlandets Kunstakademi in Bergen for two terms (1973–79 and 1986–91) and was professor at the Department of Aesthetics at the Oslo University College (1997–2007).

*About O3–funds
Morten Krohg's residency at Raw Material Company is supported by O3–funds as underwritten by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for enhancing collaboration in the contemporary art field with art professionals in countries designated by the MFA. The purpose of the O3–funds as allocated to OCA is to contribute to the development of the work of artists, independent cultural producers and organisations located in designated countries. This includes but is not limited to 'professional research visits by cultural producers, artists, and curators', 'short-term residencies for cultural producers and artists', 'seminars, conferences, art projects, workshops that focus on the further development of professional exchange and networking between and among countries', and 'project development on an international scale'.