Exhibition : 15 June – 2 November 2003

Venice Biennale 2003

La Biennale di Venezia – 50th International Art Exhibition

Exhibition in the Nordic Pavilion: 'Devil-may-care'

Karin Mamma Andersson
Kristina Bræin
Liisa Lounila

'Devil-may-care' was the title of the exhibition in the Nordic Pavilion Exhibition at the 50th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2003. 'Devil-may-care' suggested an open-minded artistic approach that is daring, playful, and carefree. The work of three different and complex artists shared a certain female boldness, although the artists diverge notably from traditional forms of feminist artistic practice.

They draw their materials and references from a vast field, stretching from old masters all the way to Hollywood action movies, but without having to justify and explicitly politicise their choices. This is a wonderfully unabashed attitude, which on the one hand makes them seem like 'thieves' of a patriarchal mainstream culture, yet on the other hand establishes them as self-confident and original exponents of strategies that blend high and low, the valuable and the trivial.

The exhibition was curated by Anne Karin Jortveit and Andrea Kroksnes and organised and funded by the Nordic Committee:
- Office for Contemporary Art Norway, director Ute Meta Bauer, commissioner 2003
- Moderna Museet International Programme, director Mikael Adsenius
- FRAME - Finnish Fund for Art Exchange, director Marketta Seppälä

The catalog Devil-may-care
The exhibition was accompanied by the catalogue, Devil-may-care, including theoretical writings by Mieke Bal, Sonia Hedstrand, Anne Karin Jortveit, Siri Meyer, Toril Moi, Andrea Kroksnes, Irit Rogoff, and Leena-Maija Rossi. The articles range across the visual arts in an interdisciplinary fashion. One section of the catalogue traces the history of the Nordic exhibitions in a sequence of photographs from 1962 until today. The catalogue is published by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway and Hatje Cantz Pub.

The Nordic cd compilation Electric Leak – The North of it
The CD compilation Electric Leak – The North of it with experimental electronic music was released by Office for Contemporary Art Norway on the occasion of the opening party of the Nordic Pavilion Exhibition.

Norwegian participants in the International Exhibition
The 50th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2003 is directed by Francesco Bonami. Under the title 'Dreams and Conflicts – The Viewer's Dictatorship', Bonami presented the Biennale as an 'exhibition of exhibitions', including 'Utopia Station' cared for by Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rirkrit Tiravanija. The two artists duos Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset and Ingrid Book and Carina Hedén have been invited to participate in this section of the International Exhibition.