Momentum introduces next years curatorial team
Momentum Biennial, the Nordic Biennial for Contemporary Art
June 20 – September 27, 2015
Momentum just announced their curatorial team for 2015. The group that has been given this prestigious assignment is made up of four competent and prominent curators, each of who has extensive international curatorial experience. All have submitted applications containing concept ideas that in different ways respond to, and reflect over the concept of the “Nordic”.
Icelandic Birta Gudjonsdottir is a curator and artist residing in Reykjavik where she works as a Chief Curator at the National Gallery. Among her latest curated/co-curated projects are Kellingin – Alte Weib at Emerson Gallery, Berlin and Elemental at Havremagasinet in Boden, Sweden. Swedish Jonatan Habib Engqvist has a background in philosophy and aesthetic theory. He was employed as curator at Moderna Museet and has curated the Reykjavík Arts Festival in 2012, among other events, and is at present engaged in the project Thinking through painting, which includes a upcoming publication and exhibition during 2014. Stefanie Hessler is a freelance curator and writer from Germany presently residing in Sweden. Among her latest curated projects is the exhibition Outside at Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation with a film screening at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 2014. Toke Lykkeberg is a freelance art critic and curator based in Copenhagen. His most recent exhibitions are Branding as Branding: The Making of Superflex at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen in 2013 and the collective exhibition Rematerialized at the New Galerie, Paris/New York, 2013.
The decision to engage Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Birta Gudjonsdottir, Stefanie Hessler and Toke Lykkeberg was reached after a lengthy process that included travels to the Nordic countries, and also meetings and interviews with a large number of potential candidates. After a final assessment of the more than eighty submitted applications, the choice was made.
The main arena for Momentum 8 is the Momentum Art Gallery at Møllebyen in Moss and Gallery F 15 on Jeløy in Moss. The specific public spaces that will be taken into use will be announced in a future press release. Punkt Ø has been awarded the Kunstgave 2015-2017 established by Sparebank I (Dextra Artes). This award will contribute both to a major outdoor project during Momentum 8 and to communication and documentation. Portions of the award will also be used for the purchase of an artwork shown at the Biennial.