ISCP TalkOctober 25, 2022, 6–7pm
Curators at Work: Kjersti Solbakken with Alison Kuo
For this in-person event, current ISCP curator-in-residence Kjersti Solbakken will present her curatorial practice, discussing a selection of exhibitions, publications and institutions she has been involved in. She will talk about the relationship between process and mediation, curating with or without walls, and in what way a text can be considered a space for fictional art production and institution building in the face of real issues.
Solbakken will be joined by Director of Programs at ISCP, Alison Kuo. A Q&A with the audience will follow.
Solbakken has recently been selected as the curator of LIAF – Lofoten International Art Festival 2024. LIAF is a biennial art festival with a history spanning over 30 years. The biennial finds its place in Lofoten, an archipelago located on the northern coast of Norway/Sápmi, just above the Arctic Circle. The biennial presents works by international artists in a local and site-specific context, acknowledges the complexity of place, and seeks to be an open, experimental and inclusive meeting place for local and international artists, contributors, collaborators and audience. The festival has no set venue but is recreated every time by exploring and integrating with its surroundings in Lofoten.
Kjersti Solbakken is a freelance curator, writer and an institutional leader based in Oslo, Norway. Between 2017 and 2022 she was director of Kunstnerforbundet, one of Scandinavia’s oldest artist-run exhibition spaces with a program consisting of more than 20 exhibitions each year.She has been the director of Galleri Format and artistic director of Fotogalleriet in Oslo. In 2014 she curated the exhibition Biography by Elmgreen & Dragset at Astrup Fearnley Museet, together with Gunnar Kvaran. In 2007 she co-founded the small press Feil forlag and she also co-organised Tekstallianse, a festival for imprints and small press publishers. In 2011 she co-founded the non-profit project space Holodeck where she for two years conducted a program of frequent exhibitions, launches and happenings. She has curated numerous exhibitions as a freelance curator and her education includes an MA degree in curatorial studies fromt Bergen Academy of Art and Design and a BFA in Fine Arts from the Academy of Arts in Oslo, Norway.
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This program is supported by Office for Contemporary Art Norway; Hartfield Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York City Council District 34; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.