CIMAM Awards Three Contemporary Art Professionals for the StayHome Curatorial Online Residency Grants, Funded by OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway

Monday, November 16, 2020
CIMAM Awards Three Contemporary Art Professionals for the StayHome Curatorial Online Residency Grants, Funded by OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway

Monday 16th November, Barcelona – Susanne Hætta, author, artist and photographer, Vadsø, Nicole Rafiki, artists and curator, Oslo, and Inger Emilie Solheim, artist, writer, and curator, Tromsø, are the selected candidates to take part in CIMAM’s StayHome Curatorial Online Residency generously financed by OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

Image courtesy to OCA –Office for Contemporary Art Norway

 

Monday 16th November, Barcelona Susanne Hætta, author, artist and photographer, Vadsø, Nicole Rafiki, artists and curator, Oslo, and Inger Emilie Solheim, artist, writer, and curator, Tromsø, are the selected candidates to take part in CIMAM’s StayHome Curatorial Online Residency generously financed by OCA Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

 

Image courtesy to OCA –Office for Contemporary Art Norway

 

The Residency
CIMAM, the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art, and OCA
Office for Contemporary Art Norway, launched the collaborative project StayHome Online Curatorial Residency to support curatorial and research development of contemporary art professionals residing in Norway, with priority to professionals from Sámi or diaspora backgrounds. The grant aims to make successful candidates more widely networked and empowered by providing them with the opportunity to further develop their research projects or start new ones and benefit from the mentoring of a member of the CIMAM Board.

CIMAM board members Malgorzata Ludwisiak, Saskia Bos, and Agustín Pérez Rubio will be the mentors who will stimulate dialogue and reflection, introduce the candidates to other relevant contacts in their area of research, and provide guidance on their research, during the 20 consecutive days of the residency, including time for email exchange, writing, and presentation of the video and article to CIMAM.

Katya Garcia-Anton, Director and Curator of OCA Office of Contemporary Art Norway, decalred: “OCA is delighted with the diversity and quality of candidates applying. This residency was conceived in order to facilitate opportunities for art professionals who work from an Indigenous and/or diaspora perspective. As a global arts community we need to move beyond the notion that inclusion alone, of artists from previously marginalised or under-representedcommunities in one’s programme, is acceptable. Inclusion per se is not conducive to the longoverdue transformation of our institutions. A new generation of curators needs to be fostered and 

centered, so facilitating that they and their artist peers set the agenda of the future themselves.”

Candidates' project proposal
Susanne Hætta:
“I would like to investigate early Sámi photographers (before 1975), that pointedtheir lenses towards their own people and culture. This grant gives me the possibility to start researching, for the benefit of the Sámi community, both artists and others”.

Nicole Rafiki: I am currently building Rafiki Art Initiatives (RAI) organisational structure, skills and programming. I will research how to further develop and adapt a collective art project that we initiated in the summer of 2020, following the death of George Floyd, to the 10 year memorial of the twin terror attacks in Norway on 22 July 2011.

Inger Emilie Solheim: “I curate exhibitions in a relatively remote subarctic area of Northern Norwaypopulated by Norwegians, Samis and Kvens, and continously exploring the northern, non-urban, mixed-origin identity”.

The Award

The three candidates will receive an honorarium of 900 € in 2020 in addition to being awarded a travel grant to attend next year’s CIMAM Annual Conference in Poland (November 5 7, 2021). The Annual Conference is the most important meeting point for contemporary art professionals and an essential resource for the collaboration between museums, visual art professionals, artists, and other institutions concerned with modern and contemporary art. The travel grant covers the registration fee to the conference, accommodation, and travel expenses for the selected candidates and will be paid in 2021.

In early 2021 CIMAM will make public the resulting materials from this online curatorial residency in two formats, a written essay or article, and a video recording.

 

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