osloBIENNALEN First Edition 2019–2024 | Hlynur Hallsson
osloBIENNALEN First Edition 2019–2024
A new format for a biennial in public space
Opening weekend: May 25–26.
Among artist is Icelandic artist Hlynur Hallsson who lives and works in Iceland and Germany. Language and communication play an essential roles in his practice as an artist and curator and in his work, which moves across mediums, from installation to photography. Through conceptual and purposeful multilingualism, Hallsson explores the semantic difficulties of communication surrounding a work of art and the cultural preconditions of, and multifarious opportunities for, interpretation. He has exhibited and completed curatorial work at Kunstraum München, Reykjavík Art Museum, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, Chinati Foundation, Locker Plant, Marfa, Texas, Overgaden, Copenhagen and is represented by Kuckei + Kuckei gallery, Berlin. For osloBIENNALEN First Edition, he will present a series of works collectively named 7 Works for 7 Locations.
Curated by Eva González-Sancho Bodero and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk
Art in public space is different than art in a museum. It is free and accessible. It is often unexpected: a performance, a sculpture, a mural, a sound. Its surroundings are constantly changing and evolving. People can love it or react against it, perhaps passing by without even noticing it—or maybe it becomes an iconic symbol of the community.
It’s because of this difference that public space demands a different way of working with art and artists. What if we move away from traditional event-based biennials to a more diverse and questioning way of working?
With osloBIENNALEN First Edition 2019–2024, we are setting out to explore this and more.
On May 25, we will introduce our evolving programme of art in public space and spheres that unfolds over five years. Over the course of 2019, 26 projects by Oslo- and internationally-based participants will be introduced, while our expanding programme for the years ahead will be announced at regular intervals as the biennial moves forward in time.
On the opening weekend, residents and visitors to Oslo will be able to experience different projects by: Mikaela Assolent (FR), Benjamin Bardinet (FR), Julien Bismuth (FR), Anna Daniell (NO), Carole Douillard (FR), Ed D’Souza (UK), Mette Edvardsen (NO), Jan Freuchen, Sigurd Tenningen and Jonas Høgli Major (NO), Gaylen Gerber (US), Marianne Heier (NO), Hlynur Hallsson (IS), Michelangelo Miccolis (IT/MX); Mônica Nador and Bruno Oliveira (BR), Rose Hammer (Dora García (ES), Per-Oskar Leu (NO), Viktoria Durnak(NO), Nora Joung (NO)), Michael Ross (US), Belén Santillán (EC), Øystein Wyller Odden (NO), and Lisa Tan (US/SE).
On May 26, an introductory seminar will be held to present a series of forthcoming symposia, talks and public programmes.
A second set of projects will be launched from October 18, featuring confirmed works by Adrián Balseca (EC), Marcelo Cidade (BR), Jonas Dahlberg (SE), Edith Dekyndt (BE), Tomáš Džadoň (CZ), Javier Izquierdo(EC), Graziela Kunsch (BR), and Knut Åsdam (NO).
Further details on the programme will be unveiled in April. All biennial activities are open to the public and free of charge.
Hilde Herming, Head of Communications, osloBIENNALEN: T +47 916 94 390 / hilde.herming[at]oslobiennalen.no
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