CPR 2023CPR 20234
22 Aug '23 – 18.00 – 20.00
Office for Contemporary Art
Nedre gate 7
Oslo, 0551

Meet and greet CPR fellows of 2023

As part of our ongoing International Visitor Programme, we are pleased to host the The Curatorial Program for Research (CPR) in Oslo and invite you for a meet and greet with the visiting curators. Each curator will give a short presentation about their curatorial practice.

Free and open to the public, but space is limited.
Please register via Eventbrite.

CPR fellows in 2023 are; Myriam Amroun (Algeria), Emilie Choi Sin-yi (Hong Kong), Natasha Marie Llorens (France/Sweden), Jasa McKenzie (US), Magdalena Testoni (Argentina), Emiliano Valdés (Colombia/Guatemala) and Caimin Walsh (Ireland).

Between August 20th - September 8th they will travel in Norway, Sweden and Finland to research the regional art scene with the ambition to get a better understanding of the complex history and current political situation in the Nordics. Following the program, the curators are invited to propose an exhibition with artists and issues they have come across during the visit.

CPR – The Curatorial Program for Research has facilitated an international network of curators, artists and institutions since 2015. The open call and programming for the 2023 edition is organized by CPR Founding Director Carmen Ferreyra; Europe Director Susanne Ewerlöf; CPR2 Curator Natalia Viera Salgado with key local specialists: Ruben Steinum (Director, Office for Contemporary Art, Norway), Lena Malm (Head of IASPIS Visual Arts Program), and Ludvig Sjödin (Manager, Visual Artist Support Center, Norrbotten, Sweden), Ina Otzko (visual artist, Norway) and Jet Pascua (visual artist, Norway).

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Natasha Marie Llorens

(France/Sweden) is a curator and an arts writer based in Stockholm. Curatorial projects include En Attendant Omar Gatlato: Epilogue at the CNAC Magasin in Grenoble, and Mejan Internationale: Home to Home to Home to Home at Mint ABF in Stockholm. She won the Andy Warhol Arts Writers grant in 2022 and publishes regularly in Artforum, Art Papers, e-flux Criticism, and frieze, among other international art publications. Her current artistic research project on Algerian socialism in the 1970s, conducted in collaboration with contemporary artist Massinissa Selmani, will be presented in November 2023 at rhizome gallery in Algiers. Llorens holds an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and a PhD in modern and contemporary art history from Columbia University. She has been professor of art and theory at the Royal Institute Stockholm since 2020.

Jasa Mc Kenzie

Jasa McKenzie

(USA) is a queer curator, her work driven by issues of identity, equality, and social justice. Currently, she holds a position with The Great Northern, a recurring multidisciplinary exhibition focused on climate change in Minneapolis. She has been a part of the curatorial teams for documenta fifteen in Kassel, Germany (2022), Desert X in the Coachella Valley, California (2019, 2021), and Berlin Biennale 10 in Berlin, Germany (2018). She was the creator and co-host of SOTA: State of the Arts (2018-2020)–a podcast dissecting critical issues in contemporary art, along with SOTA Projects, which produced pop-up exhibitions and programming in the Twin Cities. She was the first-place recipient of the 2017-18 Apexart Exhibition Franchise Program, which resulted in the exhibition Absences in Nagoya, Japan (2018).

Sin Yi Emilie Choi

Choi Sin-yi, Emilie

(Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong-based researcher, writer, and curator. She is a PhD candidate in the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. She has curated various art and film programmes as creative outputs of her research. Her curatorial practices specialize in moving images and performative dimensions in a black box, white cube, community, and various spatial or virtual possibilities along the history and the contemporary. She examines media, visual and cinematic practices concerning contemporary critical theory, institutions and creative industry, digitality, media archaeology, and community-making. She is now also a board member of Videotage and a member of Floating Projects (Collective).

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Myriam Amroun

(Algeria) is an independent curator and cultural practitioner. She is the co-founder and former artistic director of rhizome. Capitalizing on more than ten years of experience, she worked for several years on issues related to the arts as a vector for reactivating and reclaiming public spaces in Algiers, and creating interstitial spaces for social and cultural gatherings of communities, for which she received the Prince Claus Seed Award in 2021. She worked on two extensive field researches carried out between 2012 and 2017, in the framework of the Trans-Cultural Dialogues Platform, that shaped both DJART (2014) and EL MEDREB (2016) projects, developed and imagined as city-scale experimental labs. Amroun worked on various other projects such as DURAR program and the UNESCO World Heritage Education Program in China, along with diverse consultancy assignments as a cultural advisor. In 2017, the urge and need to create a sustainable organization with the perspective of achieving a substantial work on the arts and cultural sectors in Algeria and the region, resulted in the founding of rhizome that operates as both a commercial gallery and an independent art organization. Combining both her institutional and independent work, Amroun’s practice lies at the intersection of arts, culture, humanities and politics.

Magdalena Testoni

Magdalena Testoni

(Argentina) is an artist, independent curator and art producer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She co-directs El Vómito, an independent art space focused on experimental artistic practices. She is also a coordinator in Pulpería Mutuálica, another self-managed space dedicated to alternative artistic practices. She was part of the Public Programs team in MALBA from 2021 to 2022. She is the director of Paraguay, an art book fair, with which she co-founded the network Formas de la idea, that linked independent publishers and artists from different cities of Latin América. She is the editor at Cuestión and a member of microutopías Press, a publishing house and art book fair from Montevideo, with which she participated in the lumbung of Publishers at documenta fifteen in July 2022. She has collaborated as a curator and lecturer with several art book fairs of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Florianópolis, Montevideo, Lima and Santiago de Chile. She writes texts and critical essays for different magazines, art galleries and institutions. She also works as an independent manager, production assistant, stager, designer and book publisher.

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Emiliano Valdés

(Colombia/Guatemala) has been Chief Curator at the Medellín Museum of Modern Art (MAMM) since 2015. Prior to that, he was Associate Curator for the 10th Gwangju Biennale (South Korea, 2014) and Co-Director of Proyectos Ultravioleta (2010 – 2014). From 2009 to 2012, he was Director of Visual Arts at the Centro Cultural de España en Guatemala. In 2012, Valdés was the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Curatorial Fellow at dOCUMENTA(13) (Kassel), and has worked for institutions such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, (Madrid, 2005 – 2006), and contemporary Magazines, (London, 2006 - 2008). He has also been Co-Curator of the 8th Bienal de Artes Visuales Nicaragüenses (Nicaragua); Curator of the 17th Bienal de Arte Paiz (Guatemala); Director of the seminar ‘Hábitat: Arte, contexto y análisis urbano’ (Nicaragua), and Artistic Director of Foto30. Recently, Valdés has organized exhibitions such as Medellín. Pulse of the City (MAMM, 2022), Time to Listen to Each Other. Manifestations of Indigenous Art in Colombia (MAMM, 2022), María Teresa Hincapié. If This Were a Beginning of Infinity (MAMM and MACBA, 2022–2023), Rodrigo Hernández. El espejo (MAMM and Museo Jumex, 2022); and Allora & calzadilla. The Night We Became People Again (MAMM, 2019).

Caimin Walsh

Caimin Walsh

(Ireland) is a curator and cultural producer from Limerick City, Ireland. He holds a BA in Fine Art from Limerick School of Art and Design (2013). His work encompasses events, exhibitions, research projects, festivals and educational programmes. Through his curatorial projects, he connects artists, communities and audiences to examine aspects of shared cultural and natural heritage. Caimin is Curator at Ormston House (est.2011), a cultural resource centre in Limerick City. He is Chairperson of Spacecraft Studios (est.2017), a non-profit contemporary art studio in Limerick City. He was selected for the MAC Curatorial Directions programme in Belfast, New York and Philadelphia (2019). Recent and ongoing projects include Ollphéist (2020), River Residencies, co-curated with Mary Conlon (2021-23), Engine of Hell (2022), Crex crex, crex crex, crex… (2022-23) and More Than the Reverb, co-curated with Rachel Gilbourne, at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2022).