Open Call 2021
the 8. Kjerringøy Land Art Biennale
the 8. Kjerringøy Land Art Biennale
Artists from the Baltic and Nordic countries and others with Arctic belonging are invited to apply.
Anette Friedrich Johannessen, NO, performance Time Based Erosion, 3,5 hours. K-Lab Nord 2019. Photo, Glafira Severianova. ©K-Lab
Invitation to applicants
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PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS working in any media are invited to apply and make place-specific land art projects, with and in the nature, in Nevelsfjord. We only use the nature around as material. The site is at Kjerringøy in Bodø, for 12 days, with a seminar, workshop and ends with an exhibition Saturday the 10th of July 21. Participants must commit to stay on location during the full length of the time period.
WHO CAN APPLY: Artists from Arctic areas. All the Nordic countries, with the Baltic, Barents region, Canada, Alaska, or having a special connection with the north. As longer stays in Northern areas or a special arctic connection visible in your work. Please take contact with us. Artists from different artistic disciplines are invited. Including musicians, dancers, art critics, etc.
OUTLINE: We invite you to explore and interact with the natural and biodegradable materials available and investigate, transform, alter, reflect or communicate with these on site. We encourage you to remain open for what the place and landscape has to offer and not come with preconceived plans and ideas. Hence there is no need to bring materials for making the work.
We expect the selected participants to have respect for the place and its inhabitants, creatures great and small, when choosing your site and making your work. Which possibly integrates or disappear in the nature.
DOCUMENTATION: The process will be documented with photography and video recordings and presented on social media and in the press. On the last day of the Biennale, July the 10th, there will be an opening where the artists present their work to the general public. The process and the finished work will be documented.
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD: We offer free main meals and lodging. You will live in a shared house and rooms in the valley. Possibly tent or a caravan. Tverbakk Ungdomshus, will serve as our hub for meals, presentations and social gatherings. Cooking will be a communal effort in the beginning and the main meals are shared here.
FUNDING: Participation is free of charge. In addition, we are hoping to offer travel support for participating artists.
We encourage you to find your own ways to be supported. We offer in addition to the stay, a seminar, a workshop, photographer and a really great and unforgettable stay in the most beautiful setting.
THE SETTING: Kjerringøy is a place of outstanding natural beauty. The landscape is steeped in wilderness and is breathtakingly beautiful with dramatic mountains, woodlands and marshlands, lowland and highland lakes and a river delta where the valley meets the fjord. The area has a great variety of wild flora and fauna, which makes a spectacular setting for just being and making creative and land based work.
The population of the Kjerringøy region is scarcely 400 people but attracts many summer visitors.
About Kjerringøy Land Art Biennale: www.kjerringoylandart.com
About Kjerringøy: http://www.kjerringoy.info
Send proposal by the 20th of May 2020 to: email@example.com
INCLUDE IN YOUR APPLICATION:
1. Short CV, max 2 A 4 pages, a short bio (1/4 of a A4 page) and link to your website.
2a. A short (1/2 page) text of your motivation, what you want to explore, methods, approach, etc.
Note: Do not do a project description, but more a general and personal intention or an approach to the site.
2b. If you are not native of any of the counties mentioned above, please add ¼ of a page to describe your situation.
3. Six images of relevant work (not exceeding 3 MB each).
Contact us for advice
Applicants will get a reply by the August 2020
We look forward to hearing from you!
Kjerringøy Land Art Biennale
Kjerringøy Art Base Camp AS
Biographies of the jury and curators
Rita Marhaug (b. 1965) is a visual artist, born and trained in Bergen, Norway. Marhaug holds an MA in Fine Art from Bergen Academy of Art and Design '89 (KHIB) and a BA in History of Art from the University of Bergen ‘96. For 12 years (2001-13), Marhaug was a professor in the Fine Art Department at her alma mater KHIB, (now part of Faculty of Art, Music and Design, UiB). Since the 90’s she has participated in many solo and group exhibitions and performance festivals in Norway and abroad. She is currently focusing on her practice, which fosters a complex relationship among printmaking, drawing, photography, artist books, video and performance.
Collaboration is an important part of Marhaug's practice. In her portfolio, she has shorter and long-term collaborative projects, both with local and internationally oriented artists. The body in the landscape, time and impermanence are keys to her methods. Perception and transformation are core themes in later productions. Often paradoxically expressed through juxtapositions; like the blind woman seeing. "In Personas" is her latest performance project
Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk co-initiated and was the director of Kunsthall Oslo from 2010–2012. He was project manager for Artistic Interruptions – Art in Nordland, Nordland County from 2003–2005 and was co-curator of the 2004 Nordic Art Biennial Momentum, Moss (alongside Caroline Corbetta). Eeg-Tverbakk was deputy director of the Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo from 2000–2001; co-curator of the 1999 Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) (with Tor Inge Kveum); exhibition manager at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Helsinki in 1999, and director of the Otto Plonk Gallery in Bergen from 1995–1998.Over the course of 2015–2017, González-Sancho Bodero and Eeg-Tverbakk worked together as co-curators, developing and concluding OSLO PILOT, an experimental two-and-a-half-year research project to conceive the format for osloBIENNALEN FIRST EDITION 2019-2024
Ane Øverås, is a visual artist from Oslo, who since 2003 lives and works at Kjerringøy outside Bodø. Øverås is educated at SHKS under Eilif Mikkelsen and Hans Normann Dahl as professors and at the Ecole de beaux arts de Brest and Quimper with a Diplôme Nationale Superieure d'Expression Plastique. Øverås works site-related with sculpture, installations and land art. She has exhibited nationally and internationally.
Kjerringøy Land Art Biennale was initiated by Ane Øverås in 2007. She has curated and organized the biennial and exhibitions at Bodø Art Association. Øverås organized in 2013 a Land Art seminar with Nord University and the National Centre for Arts and Nordland County Council / The Cultural School Bag, as a course for teachers at elementary school (1-10 cl.) in the Commune of Bodø. In 2017 Øverås and K-Lab was invited by the Nordland County to the Norwegian and Russian culture week in Murmansk, to present the Land Art Biennale and the Air-project.
In 2019 a one-day seminar in Stormen Library with, amongst other, Per Bjarne Boym was a speaker. During the biennale in 2019, Nrk, the Norwegian Broadcast, follows some artists for 5 days. K-Lab will be an episode in a series of 3 programs to be shown at the national tv in 2021. The series deals with how artists are inspired by nature.
Kjerringøy Art Base Camp AS has two projects in Bodø 2024, which has been chosen to be the European Culture Capital of 2024.
Kjerringøy Art Base Camp AS is now planning an Artist in residence project for the coming season, so be alert!