In the National Museum’s Blind Spot
For the National Museum's touring exhibition on the occasion of the 200-year jubilee of the Norwegian constitution, TrAP was engaged to offer a different point of view. Curator Samir M'kadmi focuses on the socially engaged art forms, presenting seven art projects we won't normally see in a museum.
The projects in the exhibition are characterized by distinct ethical goals, and are about interpersonal relations, interaction and involvement. Art that cannot be bought or sold, that does not contain valuable objects, and that cannot be apprised by traditional aesthetic criteria. M'kadmi criticizes the National Museum for not following through with their responsibilities toward society. He thinks that the museums' dedication to the exclusive and unique art object has led to devaluation of contemporary socially engaged art practices, and excluded them from the established galleries.
The exhibition invites you to reflect on the artist's role and the function of art in the society, and reminds us that whoever want's to feel the pulse of the Norwegian art scene should also look to the artists that work outside the framework of established galleries.
"In order to approach the institutionalized art field in a believable manner, it was necessary to seek an outsider's point of view. An external force that also would challenge our way of thinking. ... TrAP was thus an obvious collaboration partner for this project."
Per Odd Bakke
Director of Touring Exhibitions
The National Museum
In the exhibition
- Any Other Business (2011) by Nicoline Van Harskamp
- Atelier Populaire Oslo / Palestinerleir, a documentation (2012) by Andrea Lange
- Cousins in Peace (2012) by Farhad Kalantary
- Laaroussa (2011–2014) by Selma and Sofiane Ouissi and the art collective l'Art Rue
- russianmarket.info (2006–2014) by Mobile Kultur Byrå
- Truth is Concrete (2012) by Steirischer Herbst Festival
- Vesentlig Oversikt (1996–2013) (2014) and AMFIBIA 15 (2014) by SEX TAGS
- Nasjonalmuseet Arkitektur, Oslo, 15 February–16 March 2014
- Bomuldsfabrikken, Arendal, 5 April–25 May 2014
- Lørenskog Hus, 17 June–10 August 2014
- Galleri Ofotoen, Narvik kulturhus, 28 August–12 October 2014
- Rana Museum, Mo i Rana, 23 October–30 November 2014
- Galleri 2, Stamsund, 7 January–22 February 2015
- Gjenreisningsmuseet, Hammerfest, 5 March–3 May 2015
- Trondhjems Kunstforening, 27 August–25 October 2015
- Haugesund Billedgalleri, 5 November–13 December 2015
- Hamar Kulturhus, 12 January–13 March 2016
- Spriten Kunsthall, Skien, 1 April–29 May 2016
Art and the will for change: A part of the seminar Multitude Nation, in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary art, 5 June 2014.
A gathering of the ar(c)t(ic) tribes II: Seminar at Campus Helgeland, Mo i Rana, 24–26 October 2014, in collaboration with Nordland County Council, Rana Museum, RAM galleri, and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design.
Kunstfeltets uutholdelige skjevhet: A panel discussion where pluralism challenges consensus. In collaboration with the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. 25 February 2015, 10.00-13.30, at the House of Literature, Oslo. Read seminar report (Norwegian only).
Photo: Børre Høstland, Bjørn Leirvik