From September 2014

Exhibiting an exhibition: A seminar on European Attraction Limited

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Thursday September 11, 2014, 12.15-16.30

Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, seminar room 1

«Exhibiting an exhibition: A seminar on European Attraction Limited» will take the art project European Attraction Limited as a starting point. The art project is based on a section of the Jubilee Exhibition held in Oslo in 1914, celebrating the 100 anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution. Named The Congo Village this section housed and exhibited 80 Senegalese for five months.

As a part of the 200 anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution the artists Lars Cuzner and Fadlabi wished to re-enact The Congo Village. By highlighting this historical event they wanted to question the collective loss of memory, the nation building process and celebration of Norwegian smugness.

Since the artists announced European Attraction Limited in 2013, the art project has been massively debated. The project has been criticized for being racist, as well as celebrated for highlighting important issues in Norwegian history.

In «Exhibiting an exhibition: A seminar on European Attraction Limited» the artists themselves will present the idea behind European Attraction Limited , their work with the art project and the «final result» that was presented in Vigelandsparken in Oslo this summer. In addition to the artists’ presentation postdoctoral research fellow Cathrine Baglo will contextualize European Attraction Limited by presenting her research on living exhibitions of Sami and others during the 19th and 20th Century. Moderator of the seminar will be lecturer at Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, Hanne Hammer Stien.

12.15-12.30: Introduction by Hanne Hammer Stien

12.30-14.00: Presentation of European Attraction Limited by Lars Cuzner and Fadlabi

14.00-14.30: Break

14.30-15.15: Lecture by Cathrine Baglo

15.15-15.30: Break

15.30-16.30: Questions and discussion