Jonas Ekeberg (NO), Curator and Art Critic.
Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (FI), Director Finish Museum of Photography.
Marianne Hultman (NO), Director North Norwegian Art Centre.
Krzysztof Candrowicz (PL), Co-founder of Fotofestiwal in Lodz.
A detailed program is provided below.
How can we challenge the infrastructure for smaller art institutions in the peripheries to produce ambitious exhibitions and art productions with exchange of artists across borders?
How can we invent virtuous presentation models for art in order to strengthen the influence of the photographic scene internationally?
In recent decades, global developments have reshaped the international art scene, challenging the traditional center-periphery divide. This seminar explores how cultural institutions respond to societal changes and encourages dialogue on new models for presenting visual art with a focus on photography. It also examines the impact of collaborations between small institutions and international artists. The goal is to gain historical insights and address the complex challenges faced by art institutions today.
The seminar aims to open a debate on how cultural institutions (galleries, artist-run spaces, art centers and festivals) emerge or disappear due to political and societal developments like gentrification, equity, financial and ecological developments. The theme triggers not only the development of new models for presenting art or new sites for production of art, it also addresses the function of the art institution - evaluating how micro institutions can bring new models for presenting art. What possibilities do small institutions and international artists in collaboration have to challenge and understand society? What impact does the presented art have on the local audience?
The target audience of the project is micro art institution owners, artists, curators, exhibition designers, institution leaders, festival producers, writers, critics, policy makers and art students.