Oslo City is BOA's satellite program which consists of externally invited contributors who curate short events in BOA's premises. The aim is to give the general public insight into the political thoughts and ideas that characterise the young art scene in Oslo. Oslo City is initiated by Hedda Grevle Ottesen, and supported by Arts Council Norway, the Norwegian Agency for Culture and The Fritt Ord Foundation.
Witchmag is an art fanzine produced by Astrid Lillo (1986) The first issue of Witchmag was released in the spring of 2014, and since then the fanzine has developed into an established underground platform for the young art scene in Oslo, especially in the electronic music scene. So far, five issues of Witchmag have been published, previous release parties have been arranged at Kafe Hærverk and Mir, among others. Each issue consists of various artistic contributions loosely based on a specific theme, which often have an exploratory and playful entrance to something esoteric or mysterious. The current theme for the exhibition in BOA’s premises in June is portals and here Lillo has invited several artists to a larger exhibition. The participating artists are: Sindre Røysland Karlsvik, Pernille Myrvold, Imri Adam Beck, Svein Eldøy, Dora Dorky, Olga Nikonova, Ulrik Dybvig, Sunniva Dybvig, Dahir Doni, Hedda Grevle Ottesen and Astrid Lillo.
Tidligere Oslo City: 30. april – 23. mai 2021 i Festsalen
23.10 –25.10 2020 På BOA – Billedkunstnere i Oslo og Akershus
Gateavisa celebrates 50 years, and on the occasion of issue number 200, the publication has entered into a collaboration with Bjarne Melgaard to create a cartoon. It will be Melgaard’s first, and is completely unique in his art. Thematically, it deals with homopolitics, capital criticism, anxiety, paranoia, the coronavirus, drug abuse, sexuality, hedonism and corruption in the international art world. Melgaard also brings satirical ladles to Norwegian art and cultural life. Throughout the comics, he describes the backside of being a so-called “superstar artist”. But most of all, Bjarne makes fun of Bjarne. The cartoon largely shows the artist’s talent for humor and ability for self-irony. Why Bjarne Melgaard? He is a pronounced anarchist, and together with the publisher Frode Saugestad ran an art gallery called the Norwegian Anarchist Fraction in Oslo in the 1990s. Like Gateavisa, Melgaard is also one of the very few publicly known representatives of counterculture and anarchism in Norway. We think the collaboration is a good match, both ideologically and aesthetically. In the exhibition at BOA this weekend, we want to improvise on site. Bjarne takes his markers with him. Gateavisa brings its archive, new prints and parts of the cartoon, the musicians bring strobe. We pull everything into the pot, rub our hands and see what happens.
Jomikkel Huse og Eirik Abri som Object Oriented Ontology (OoO) Damla Kilickiran
Jan Eric Wold Skevik Natalie Price Hafslund Kuratert av Hedda Grevle Ottesen