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Staff and board

Staff

Katya Garcia-Antón

Director and Chief Curator

Katya García-Antón is Director and Chief Curator of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA). She graduated with a BSC as a biologist, conducted two years of predoctoral field research in ecology and behaviour in the Amazon and Sierra Leone, and transitioned into the arts with an MA in 19th- and 20th-century art history from The Courtauld Institute of Arts, London. A UK and Spanish citizen, she worked at The Courtauld Institute of Art, BBC World Service (Latin American Broadcasts), Museo Nacional Reina Sofía Madrid, ICA London, IKON Birmingham, and as director of the Centre d’Art Contemporain (CAC) Genève. She is responsible for more than seventy exhibitions of art, architecture, and design of practitioners worldwide.

She curated the Nordic Pavilion, Venice Biennial in 2015, the Spanish Pavilion in the São Paolo Biennial 2004 and in the Venice Biennial 2011, co-curated the Prague Biennial 2005, and co-curated the flagship exhibition ‘Gestures in Time in Qalandiya International Biennial 2012’ in Palestine. In 2015 she launched Critical Writing Ensembles, a platform dedicated to stimulating the research and writing of art history that extends beyond the western canon (including South Asia and Indigenous worldviews).

She devised ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World: Perspectives from the North’ in 2015 as an ongoing program of knowledge-building (exhibitions and symposiums) addressing the histories of the North – including Arctic and environmental questions – and specially facilitating the empowerment of Sámi artistic practices and histories. In this regard, García-Antón has placed particular emphasis on advocating for, and implementing decolonial, transformative and Indigenising practices and programs. She is chief curator of the upcoming exhibition ‘Actions of Art and Solidarity’, Oslo, and is currently devising a program activating decolonial thinking from the perspective of the Afro-Norwegian communities in Norway in collaboration with various of its members, which will run until 2022.

Toril Fjelde Høye

Head of Finance and Administration
toril.fjelde.hoye@oca.no

Toril Fjelde Høye came into the position as OCA's Head of Finance and Administration in December 2011 with a comprehensive background in business and administration, having completed her studies at Handelsakademiet in Oslo and leadership programmes at INSEAD in France and at the London Business School in the UK. Previous to her position at OCA, Fjelde Høye served as the Chief Financial Officer at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo from 2006.

Karoline Trollvik

Head of External Relations and Communications
karoline.trollvik@oca.no

Karoline Trollvik is from Gáivuotna/Kåfjord and holds a MPhil in Anthropology of Development from the University of Bergen(UiB). She was the leader of the Riddu Riđđu festival between 2014 - 2018, and temporarily led Várjjat Sámi Musea in 2019/2020. Since 2018 she has been a jury member on the committee for festival and event management grants from the Arts Council Norway. Karoline has been part of the OCA team since February 2020.

Anne Charlotte Hauen

Grants Administration Manager
anne.charlotte.hauen@oca.no

Anne Charlotte Hauen has a Cultural Management degree from the department of Communication and Media Studies, Université Vincennes-Saint-Denis (Paris VIII). She has been working at the Munch Museum before she was employed by Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium as exhibition guide and museum staff. She was also a gallery coordinator at the Gallery Van Bau and Gallery Dong Xi, part of Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, that are showing works by emerging artists and focusing on contemporary art from Southeast Asia respectively. Anne Charlotte has been employed at OCA since September 2008.

Itzel Esquivel

Project Coordinator
itzel.esquivel@oca.no

Itzel Esquivel is researcher of contemporary art, with particular interest in transfeminism, micropolitics, queer studies, and performance, among others. She has a BA in Fine Arts from The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her collaboration with art institutions include Museo Tamayo (MX), Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo, MUAC (MX), PARQUE Galeria (MX), Galleri Format Oslo (NO), and most recently she was part of the osloBIENNALEN (NO) team. Itzel has been part of the OCA team since January 2020.

Liv Brissach

Project Officer
liv@oca.no

Liv Brissach is an art history graduate with a background from the University of Oslo (MA) and University College London (BA). She has experience as an independent art writer for Billedkunst, Kunstkritikk and Munchmuseet on the move among others. During her studies, she worked as a project manager for the exhibitions 'NorskArt' and 'Juvenarte', both initiated by ANSA – Association of Norwegian Students Abroad. She has also explored her interests in the intersections between art, ecology and technology as curator for Kunst-i-Festival in Nord-Trøndelag. Liv has been employed at OCA since December 2017.

Luba Kuzovnikova

Project Leader for the Nordic Pavilion at Venice biennale 2022
luba@oca.no

Luba Kuzovnikova is a curator and producer, born in 1976 in Severodvinsk, Russia. She graduated as a linguist from the Pomor University in Arkhangelsk, and got an art history education at Utica College of Syracuse University (USA), Tromsø University (Norway) and Copenhagen University (Denmark). She obtained an MA in Cultural Management at Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (a program in partnership with the Manchester University), and an MA in Global Public Policy at the Russian Presidential Academy in Moscow (a program in partnership with SIPA - Columbia University).

From 2006 until 2020 Kuzovnikova was Artistic director of Pikene på Broen, a collective of curators and producers based in a border-town Kirkenes at the Norwegian-Russian border, and Director for the annual international festival Barents Spektakel. Barents Spektakel is known as “a cultural-political cocktail with contemporary art and music, literature and architecture, seminars and debates, theatre and performances as ingredients, spiced with current issues related to the High North and the Arctic”. Kuzovnikova is a board member (Rådsmedlem) of the Arts Council Norway, and has been engaged as a jury member in grant committees at Arts Council Norway, OCA, Ibsen Scholarships, etc.

Before she moved to Norway in 2006, she had been a founding Director of the Art Hangar Center for Contemporary Art on the Solovki Islands, worked at the Institute of Cultural Policy in Moscow and the Mikhail Prokhorov Cultural Foundation in Norilsk.

Board Members

Trude Gomnæs Ugelstad

Chair of the Board

Trude Gomnæs Ugelstad is artistic director at Sørlandets kunstmuseum / Kunstsilo. Over the last 20 years she has held senior management roles at several national arts institutions in Norway. She has initiated and produced visual art and design projects in close collaboration with embassies in New York, Paris, Milan, London and Stockholm. She is working closely with the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and the Arts Council in Norway as chair for State Artist Grants. She served at the international and European board of World Crafts Council for six years.

Kristoffer Dolmen

Board Member

Kristoffer Dolmen is the director and chief curator of the Sami Centre for Contemporary Art in Karasjok. He has worked at various art institutions in Northern Norway since 2001. He has also served on various boards and sat on a number of juries within the wider field of culture. Dolmen’s education includes a master’s degree and a cand. mag. degree in curating, both from the University of Bergen, and studies in museology and cultural management at Stockholm University. He has been part of a one year Post-Master program at The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.

Sille Storihle

Board Member

Sille Storihle is an artist and educator working with moving images and printed matter. From 2012 to 2020 they ran the queer-feminist platform FRANK, together with Liv Bugge. Storihle holds a BFA from Trondheim Academy of Fine Art and an MA in Aesthetics and Politics from California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, and is currently an Assistant Professor in Moving Images at Nordland School of Arts and Film. They have exhibited at M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Kunsthall Oslo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, GiBCA – Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art and Performa, New York, among others. From 2016 to 2020 they were on the board of UKS (Unge Kunstneres Samfund/Young Artists' Society).

Stina Högkvist

Board Member

Stina Högkvist has since 2018 been the Director for Collections in the National Museum of art, architecture and design in Oslo. She has worked as a curator at the National Museum since 2006 and is among others behind exhibitions like Tori Wrånes’ "Hot Pocket", "Like før. Sidsel Paaske" and "Kjartan Slettemark. Kunsten å være kunst". Högkvist is an art historian from the University in Uppsala and holds an MA of the curatorial programme at Konstfack in Stockholm. In addition she has many years of experience as an art critic and a writer.

Hans Marius Graasvold

Board Member

Hans Marius Graasvold is an Oslo based attorney. He works mainly as legal counsel and adviser for a number of culture and artists´ organizations as well as for individual creative artists. He specializes in copyright, contract, privacy and organizational law. He is formal legal director of the Norwegian Consumer Council, and has extensive experience with representation in various boards and dispute resolution committees.