Two years ago, yours truly had the pleasure of going to Moss for the last Biennale. It was a weird and wonderful experience, and therefore I can only encourage you, my dear readers, to jump on a plane to Oslo and on a bus to Moss, in Norway. The quiet town is perfect for emotional detox, with the intense Nordic sky, the midnight sun and the sea in the fjord are ready to cool you down. This year, the Biennale is perfectly in sync with your own need of leaving the past in the future and tuning in with your emotional weather.
Ilkka Halso, Kitka River, 2004, Courtesy of the artist
Ilkka Halso – The Finnish light master.
Fanny Ollas, Behind the Red Curtain, 2018, Courtesy of the artist
Fanny Ollas – The nude illusion.
Hannaleena Heiska, Stargazer, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Mikaela Lostedt
Hannaleena Heiska – Because it’s painting.
Since its inauguration in 1998, MOMENTUM has presented itself as a Biennial for international discourse and dialogue, whilst remaining relevant to the local art scene in Norway. Now ten editions later, MOMENTUM10 addresses the implications of operating at a local level, the practices of being transnational and the responsibilities that accompany both objectives. The Biennial’s internationality is partly rooted in the partnerships it holds with a broad range of art professionals who support the contemporary art scene in the Nordic countries and beyond. MOMENTUM10, therefore, aims to address the principles of an increasingly dispersed Nordic art scene. This launch intends to discuss the potential for the Biennial’s future with an international audience. It offers the opportunity to meet the Biennial’s curator Marti Manen, and find out more about his plans for this year, as well as the responsibility and role of this exhibition format today and during the years to come.
The concepts and ideas behind The Emotional Exhibition offer a way to deal with formats, definitions, identities and emotions with a need to reformulate how to act and what to do, how to share and how to build something with a sort of new non-vocabulary – one that we share and that we can find within the complexity of emotions.
CURATOR: Marti Manen assisted by Anne Klontz
ARTISTS: André Alves (PT), Anne de Vries (NL), Annika Larsson (SE), Christodoulos Panayiotou (CY), Eija-Liisa Ahtila (FI), Eirik Senje (NO), Erik Öberg (SE), Fanny Ollas (SE), Francesc Ruiz (ES), Gabriel Lester (NL), Hannaleena Heiska (FI), Ilkka Halso (FI), Ina Hagen (NO), Johanna Billing (SE), Julieta Aranda (MX), Keren Cytter (IL), Knut Åsdam (NO), Olafur Eliasson (DK), Pauline Curnier Jardin (FR), Pauline Fondevila (FR), Pepo Salazar (ES), Ragnar Kjartansson (IS), Regina de Miguel (ES), Rosalind Nashashibi (UK), Salla Tykkä (FI), Saskia Holmkvist (SE), Sissel Tolaas (NO), Stine Marie Jacobsen (DK), Åsa Cederqvist (SE)
PUBLIC OPENING: June 8, 2019, at 2 PM, MOMENTUM kunsthall OPENING RECEPTION: June 8, 2019, at 5 PM