Look back, think forward: Re-shaping the Nordic avant-garde

14 May 2016

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Tate Modern

London, United Kingdom


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  • Bus: 45, 63, 100, 344, 381, RV1
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This panel considers the recent artistic and curatorial tendencies towards looking back and unearthing, re-working and collaborating with historic avant-garde art practices in the Nordic countries to rethink the future.


This panel considers the recent artistic and curatorial tendencies towards looking back and unearthing, re-working and collaborating with historic avant-garde art practices in the Nordic countries to rethink the future. Challenging the Western canon of feminist, situationist and participatory art  histories, how might re-imagining past practices make a meaningful impact on the shifting socio-political dynamics of contemporary Northern Europe?

Series chair Jonas Ekeberg will be joined by panellists; artist and curator Henrik Andersson, photographer Cecilia Grönberg, curator Joasia Krysa and artist Eline Mugaas.

Drinks reception to follow.

Jonas Ekeberg

Jonas Ekeberg is a curator and critic based in Oslo. He is the chief editor of the Nordic online art journal Kunstkritikk. Ekeberg was the chief curator of Momentum – Nordic Biennial for Contemporary Art in 2000, founding director of Oslo Kunsthall the same year and a curator and Head of Information at the Office for Contemporary Art Norway from 2002–2004. From 2004 to 2009 Ekeberg served as the director of Preus Museum, Norway’s national museum for photography. His book Post Nordic – The rise and fall of a Nordic Art Scene 1990–2010 is forthcoming.

Cecilia Grönberg

Cecilia Grönberg is a photographer, researcher, and since 2004 the image editor of OEI magazine. In collaboration with Jonas (J) Magnusson she runs OEI, an artistic and literary publishing project devoted to extra-disciplinary spaces and de-disciplinizing moments – experimental forms of thinking, montages between poetry, art, philosophy, film, and documents; editorial enunciations, aesthetic technologies, non-affirmative writing, speculative geologies and alternative historiographies.

Her books in collaboration with Jonas (J) Magnusson include Leviatan från Göteborg (2002), Omkopplingar (2006), Witz-bomber och foto-sken (2009), and För pås-seende. Berndt Pettersons collage och bokstavskonst (2012). Händelsehorisont || Event horizon. Distribuerad fotografi (forthcoming, October 2016) is the title of her PhD project where she is working with photography, publishing and distribution to explore different aspects of the shift from photography as (analogue) inscription technology to (digital) transmission technology. 

Joasia Krysa

Joasia Krysa is Director of Exhibition Research Centre at Liverpool John Moores University, Head of Research at Liverpool Biennial, and Adjunct Associate Professor in Curating at Aarhus University, Denmark. Formerly, she served as Artistic Director of Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark, and as part of the curatorial team for dOCUMENTA(13). Her recent curatorial work includes Collective Making (2015 – 2016) and Systemics Series (2013 – 2014), two year-long research based artistic programmes developed during her tenure at Artistic Director at Kunsthal Aarhus. She co-edited the book (with Jussi Parikka) Writing and Unwriting Media Art History (MIT Press, 2015) and contributed chapters to, among others, Networks (MIT Press / Whitechapel 2014), and The Routledge Companion to Art and Politics (2015). She is currently part of the Curatorial Faculty for Liverpool Biennial 2016.​

Eline Mugaas

Eline Mugaas is an Oslo-based artist working primarily in photography, video and collage. Together with artist Elise Storsveen she publishes the fanzine ALBUM. Storsveen/Mugaas co-curated Hold steinhårdt fast på greia di, Norwegian Art and Women’s Rights 1968-1989 with Kunsthall Oslo in 2013, now regarded as an important instigator of the discussion around female artists’ inclusion in the Norwegian cannon. Mugaas’ extensive research on Norwegian artist Siri Anker Aurdal has brought new forms of visibility to an artist and work that has largely disappeared from art history. She is currently publishing an artist book of Aurdal’s oeuvre with Primary Information, and shows in conjunction with Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo Pilot and the Vigeland Park/Museum.

Supported by the Nordic Culture Fund

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Jonas Ekeberg

Marianne Mulvey

Exhibiting artists

Eline Mugaas

Henrik Andersson

Cecilia Grönberg


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