‘Museums on Fire!’

20.04.2017 |

On Thursday 20th April, the OCA in Oslo will present the symposium ‘Museums On Fire!’ as part of the ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’ project that explores the cultural history of northern Norway.

The Office for Contemporary Art (OCA) has been curating the cross disciplinary project ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’ to develop strength and sustainability in northern Norway through regional and foreign dialogues and partnerships.

The project includes residencies, exhibitions and various other activities, one of which is the symposium ‘Museums on Fire!’. Confirmed speakers include: Raven Chacon, Carola Grahn, Geir Tore Holm, Anna Hudson, Eva Dagny Johansen, Jonathan Jones, Duane Linklater, Catalina Lozano, Gerald McMaster, Anne May Olli and Anders Sunna.

The symposium is part of the "Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North" programme of OCA.

A specially commissioned scenography by artist Anders Sunna will feature as part of the symposium. Sunna is Sami and his work reflects and explores much of the political history of his people. His scenography in this instance address issues of colonialism and Indigenous art curation when entwined with modernist ideology. It explores the adequacy and relevance of modern spaces for the dissemination of important Indigenous cultural identity and expressions and the need for sensitivity and respect with regard to making Indigenous culture ‘fashionable’ rather than an essential platform for historical and cultural expression. 

Artist Geir Tore Holm is also Sami and he will present an artistic intervention on Wednesday 31st May, that will extend the reach of the symposium beyond Oslo and into Kárášjohka. Other supportive actions will also be featured by other artists including Raven Chacon, Carola Grahn and Duane Linklater.

‘Museums on Fire!’ is curated by Katya García-Antón, with Antonio Cataldo, Ida Marie Ellinggard and Vilde Horvei. Anders Sunna’s scenography will be open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00 (closed on 17 and 24 May) until 25 June 2017.

‘Museums on Fire!’ symposium will be held on April 20th to April 21st at the Office for Contemporary Art Norway in Oslo. You can read more about the event on the OCA website.  

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