Please join us for a presentation by Dag Aak Sveinar of ‘The Viewer’, a publication documenting the artworks of the recent Momentum biennial, ‘The Emotional Exhibition’. Meet artist Saskia Holmkvist in conversation with curator Marti Manen.
This event is part of OCA’s mezzanine series.

Tuesday, 19 November

Free and open to the public, but space is limited.
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Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7
0551 Oslo

The 10th edition of Momentum has closed its doors. 29 artists conformed a dialogue in time. Some of the presented artists were back to Momentum after participating in previous editions reformulating artworks and situations. New artists were also part of the biennial in this asynchronic dialogue happening at present time. Before Momentum10 was opened the publication titled “The Reader” was released with interviews with previous curators of the biennial in Moss and some historical observations. Now we present “The Viewer”, a publication that documents the artworks and the biennial.

Artist Saskia Holmkvist presented Blind Understandng at the fifth edition of Momentum in 2009. Ten years later she presented Blind Understanding – New Commentary, a version with a new voice over showing some regrets and discomfort with her own piece today.

For the release of The Viewer of Momentum10 “The Emotional Exhibition”, Saskia Holmkvist and Marti Manen -curator of the biennial- will talk about temporalities, systems of production, archive desires and the exhibition in Moss.

Marti Manen, curator and art writer based in Stockholm. He has curated exhibitions at Museo de Historia Natural (Mexico City), Aara (Bangkok), Sala Rekalde (Bilbao), Konsthall C (Stockholm), Ca2M (Madrid), Miró Foundation (Barcelona) and was the curator of the Spanish pavilion at Venice Biennale 2015. At the end of the 90’s he curated a five year-program of exhibitions in his student room. He has been working recently as a curator at the Public Art Agency Sweden and Konstfack (Stockholm). Marti Manen has published books like Salir de la exposición (To leave the exhibition) published by Consonni, Contarlo todo sin saber cómo (Telling everything not knowing how) published by Ca2M or When Lines Are Time published by Miró Foundation.

Saskia Holmkvist’s work explores questions of agency and professionalized language through fractured narratives, employing performance, orality, moving image and improvisation. In a hybrid form of realism, Holmkvist appropriates typical scenarios to serve as allegory and example. Many works use the interview as a form of storytelling to address consequences of translatability of subjects in relation to historical trajectories drawing from fields such as interpretation, psychology, journalism, and improvisational theatre. The protagonists are often invited specialists from various professional fields to interact through performative encounters, direction and improvisation. In the process strategies of the documentary are retooled with performative interaction to focus on verbal speculation.

Dag Aak Sveinar has been the director of Punkt Ø – Galleri F 15 and Momentum since 2007. Sveinar graduated with a Masters of Arts from the University of Oslo in 1985 and has since been working in the following art institutions in Norway: the Munch Museum (1986), the Museum of Contemporary Art (1989), Arts Council Norway (1993), KORO: Public Art Norway (1996), The National Gallery: Travel Exhibitions (1997), The National Museum (2005), Jugendstilsenteret & KUBE (2005).