Since its inception in 1998, MOMENTUM has strived to present compelling works of art and outstanding artistic ventures in a Nordic context. The biennial has since become established as one of the most exciting platforms for contemporary art in the Nordic region and has taken important curatorial approaches that define the present moment in Nordic countries. Now after 20 years one of the oldest Nordic biennial celebrates its 10th edition with a program presenting 29 international artists. While rediscovering iconic works shown in previous editions, MOMENTUM10 also presents relevant new positions. Having worked with the likes of Daniel Birnbaum and Olafur Eliasson, the biennial also gives space for continuous discussion on the notion of the “Nordic”.
MOMENTUM10. THE EMOTIONAL EXHIBITION
One biennial to go back to emotion, one MOMENTUM to understand the need to stop and feel, to redefine the possibility of feeling. We must go beyond language, beyond comprehension to understand that it will be with emotions—and the physicality connected to emotions—that we will embrace complexity. It is not easy to feel; it is not easy to maintain connection to the world at an emotional level. It is not easy to accept that humanity is defined by love, fear, desire, panic, happiness and sadness altogether. In a technological world based on logical constructions, to re-encounter emotions offers us an escape from the linguistic approach, formalizing an attempt to deal with sincerity, accepting who we are and all the contradictions that define us.
Ten editions of MOMENTUM represent a notable gathering of complexity, expectations, desires and contradictions: things to remember, moments to rediscover, and reasons to celebrate. Works by 29 international artists, of which some were already on show in earlier editions, also give room to the desire to look back at some previous situations of MOMENTUM, to revisit them from an emotional point of view, and to think about the position of MOMENTUM during all these years. This exhibition happens now, but looks back at the nine previous editions, remembering or reconfiguring moments that can define the present time. 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.
Marti Manen (Barcelona, 1976), 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 and When Lines Are Time published by Miró Foundation.
Anne Klontz (USA/Sweden, 1978) has 20 years combined experience in communications and cultural production. Since 2016, she has been the Head of Exhibitions at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden where she manages the production of their annual degree exhibition. A selection of previous exhibitions she has curated include: “Forms of Seduction” (Stockholm, 2008); “The Quantum Police” (Brussels, London, Stockholm, 2010-2011); and “UnTied Notions” (Stockholm, 2012). Anne has a dual master’s degree in International Curating Management (Stockholm University) and Culture and Media Production (Linköping University).
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)
READER & VIEWER
MOMENTUM10 is accompanied by two publications (the Reader and the Viewer). The Reader is focused on the history of MOMENTUM and includes interviews with former curators. The Viewer will be about the artists presented at MOMENTUM10. It will be launched after the opening. Publisher: Art&Theory, Stockholm.
READER LAUNCH: April 11, 2019 at IASPIS, Stockholm. MOMENTUM10 in partnership with the 10th edition of Goteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, GIBCA.
PRESS PREVIEW: June 7, 2019
PRESS CONFERENCE: June 7, 2019 at 1pm, MOMENTUM kunsthall
PUBLIC OPENING: June 8, 2019 at 2pm, MOMENTUM kunsthall
OPENING RECEPTION: June 8, 2019 at 7pm
WEB PAGE: www.momentum.no
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