Drawing Biennale 2012

May 10, 2012


June 17, 2012

Drawing Biennale 2012

Organizer: Tegnerforbundet

Display locations: Tegnerforbundet , Gamle Teatermuseet and Sjøfartens Hus

Jury: Hanne Lydia Opøien Figenschou, Ingwill Gjelsvik, Hanne Ekkeren. Line Halvorsen was project manager and also sat on the jury. Artistic director: Hanne Lydia Opøien Figenschou,

Project leader: Line Halvorsen

Title / theme: Tegning som ytring (Drawing as an expression)

The Drawing Biennale 2012 dealt with drawing as an expression. The biennale took a debating position and looked at how drawing can take over where the writing stops. How do artists illuminate engagement and in what languages? The drawing biennale's jury wanted to actualize the following: How can drawing ask questions about conditions in society and be used in the political discussion? Can one use drawing to show community involvement? The biennale sheds light on the friction between direct, political expressions and more indirect narrative forms. The biennial focused on the qualities that utterances of a personal, abstract nature can have side by side with strong, unambiguous statements.

Participating artists : Iris Christine Aue, Roddy Bell, Are Blytt, Ann Iren Buan, Kristian Devantier, Silje Ensby, Roar Werner Eriksen, Emil Finnerud, Vigdis Fjellheim, Marthe Ramm Fortun, Sissel Fredriksen, Nicklas Gahnström, Stine Wexelsen Goksøyr, Pedro Egana Gomez, Wenche Gulbransen, Ali Hosseini, Linda Sofie Hærnes, Johannes Høie, Sveinn Fannar Jóhannsson, Therese Johansson, Mariken Kramer, Mari Martens Kristoffersen, Ana Maria Lopez, Rus Mesic, Astrid Mørland, Yngve Næsheim, Angelica Olsson, Matias Ring, Tammo Rist , Maria Sundby, Gelawesh Waledkhani, Arne Vinnem, Aleksi Wildhagen and Hedvig Winge

Catalog: Art historian and writer Line Ulekleiv wrote a catalog essay. Three of this year's exhibitors, Sveinn Fannar Johannsson, Vigdis Fjellheim and Pedro Egana Gomez, were interviewed by Lisa Karlsson with a background from the art program Safari on NRK. In addition, all artists are presented through images and text. Artistic director Hanne LO Kristoffersen has written the foreword. Catalog design: Mari Hovden.



Fanfare : May 10, May 12, June 7

Marthe Ramm Fortun took the children aged 4 - 12, on a fictional historical walk. They were taken on a performance tour where communication was mixed with historical events, in this case based on Queen Eufemia who is buried in Akershus Fortress. The rest of the event was held in the former Teatermuseet's column hall. Here, drawing competitions were held with teams, where children, parents and artists were mixed across groups. After the competition, all drawings were hung up in the Drawing Biennale's exhibition rooms.

After Work : Thursday, June 7th

At After Work, several performative elements were repeated, which were shown at the opening. Performer: Marthe Ramm Fortun performative walk in Kvadraturen with the theme Queen Eufemia and Rus Mesic Here, There, Nowhere . Tammo Rist and Alexi Wildhagen had a performance that lasted all afternoon / evening. In addition, there was a tour of the entire exhibition with Hanne Lydia Opøien Figenschou.

During the exhibition period, Aleksi Wildhagen has sat and drawn in a carriage in different parts of Kvadraturen at street level


Catalog with introductory texts by Hanne Lydia Opøien Figenschou and Line Ulekleiv. Design: Mari Hovden.

Buy the catalog here .