18.januar - 4.februar 2018
Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen
Bobrikova & de Carmen is a Oslo based artist duo working together since 2005. They both hold MFA from Nordic Sound Art programme and Malmo Art Academy, Sweden. They work around the idea of an open interaction with the art world beyond the dialogue of what can be considered institutional or not, to see our artistic practice as a single space of coexistence and confluence. They believe that this context is emerging as one of the only exchanging environments to promote social transformation. This approach allows them to critically investigate our roots and social habits, questioning the mechanisms and contexts which creates powerful current systems of values. Their vision is to show an analysis of the synergy between the economic system and the drift of current biocenosis, aiming at the creation of new social ecosystems by intervening on the border between art and topical issues of contemporary life in order carry out a proposal between the transient and the utopian.
They have participated in several residencies such as Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, HomeBase Saitama, KulturKontakt Austria in Vienna, Nida art Colony in Lithuania, Latent Spaces in Singapore or MeetFactory in Prague. Their works were presented in venues including and projects such as Saitama Triennial, JP; Nitra Gallery, SK; Akershus Kunstnersenter, Lillestrom, NO; Tranzit, Bratislava, SK (2016); 2nd Tbilisi Triennial, Tbilisi, GE; Prague Quadrennial, Prague, CZ; Babel Art Space in Trondheim, NO; Entrance Gallery in Prague, CZ (2015); Post-PopUp at CCA, Centre Contemporary Art Singapore, SG; Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO; ANX/ Atelier Nord in Oslo, NO; Skanes Konstforening, Malmo, SE; City Gallery Bratislava, SK (2014); Nitra Gallery, Nitra, SK; Karlin studio, Prague, CZ; Rake, Trondheim, NO (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, DK; KURANT, Trømso, NO (2012); Singuhr, Berlin, DE (2011); Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi, Tbilisi, GE; Roda Sten, Gothenburg, SE; City Museum, Gothenburg, SE; Space gallery, Bratislava, SK (2010).
Since 2012 we run Nomad AIR, a Nomadic artist-in-residence program focuses on the notion of hospitality and the social relations between “host” and “guest” para-siting the infrastructure of other institutions.
The project they have proposed for the gallery envisions “The (art) World” as a multimedia opera in three acts in English and libretto. The title "The (art) World" refers to the current dominant capitalistic system, and its interrelation with the art scene.
“The (art) World” provokes discourses regarding the role of "second-tier artists" towards notorious big players in the art market. The artists question the morality and validity of the relationships between artists, dealers, auction