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Mathias Danbolt, Tone Huse, Joar Nango, Hanne Hammer Stien Plattform   Upstairs, Online  Artist Talk


A conversation with Mathias Danbolt, Tone Huse, Joar Nango moderated by Hanne Hammer Stien.

Free entry but the event has a limited capacity due to current restrictions. It is important for all audiences to pre-order tickets:
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On the occasion of Joar Nango´s Festival Exhibition that opened 4 September and is on view till 8 November.

Do not attend if you feel unwell or have symptoms of respiratory infection. We remind everyone of the 1-meter rule and good hand hygiene to prevent the spread of infection.

Plattform is Bergen Kunsthall´s series of lectures and debates.

The event will also be streamed on Vimeo:


On the participants
Mathias Danbolt is an art historian and theorist working on politics of history and historiography in contemporary art and performance, with a special focus on queer, feminist, and decolonial perspectives on art and culture. He is currently leading the collective research project “The Art of Nordic Colonialism: Writing Transcultural Art Histories” (2019-2021), supported by Carlsberg Foundation, which examines the effects and affects of Nordic colonialism within the field of art. He is the curator of the visual culture exhibition Blind Spots. Images of the Danish West Indies Colony (2017-18), co-curated with Mette Kia Krabbe Meyer and Sarah Giersing at the Royal Danish Library, and has contributed to numerous journals and books, including collections such as Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories (Manchester UP, 2016), Racialization, Racism, and Anti-Racism in the Nordic Countries (Palgrave, 2018), and Curatorial Challenges (Routledge, 2019). Danbolt is an Associate Professor of Art History at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and member of The Young Academy, under The Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters.

Tone Huse is an associate professor at the Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Science and Theology, UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø. She is author of the award-winning popular science book “Tøyengata – et nyrikt stykke Norge” and currently the leader of the interdisciplinary research project “Urban Transformation in a Warming Arctic”. A key aim of this project is to identify the characteristics of Nordic colonialism, as it has unfolded within the field of urbanization, as well as to describe how Nuuk’s colonial past is activated in and affects ongoing transformation processes.

Joar was born in Alta in 1979 and lives and works in Tromsø. He trained as an architect at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU in Trondheim, Bergen School of Architecture (BAS) in Bergen and Weissensee Kunsthochschule in Berlin. He co-founded the architectural collective Felleskapsprosjektet å Fortette Byen (FFB), together with Eystein Talleraas and Håvard Arnhoff, in 2010, which was nominated by Norsk Form as Young Architects of the Year in 2012. Currently Nango is a faculty member of the Summer Institute, a post-graduate research programme at Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art, Winnipeg (Canada). He is this years Festival Artist at Bergen Kunsthall.

Hanne Hammer Stien is associate professor in Art History at Academy of Arts and Vice-Director at The Arctic University Museum of Norway and Academy of Fine Arts. Her research interests are museology, photography history and -theory, contemporary art and Sámi art. Stiens last publication was Kunst som deling. Delingens kunst (Fagbokforlaget 2020), co-authored with Merete Jonvik, Eivind Røssaak and Arnhild Sunnanå. In addition to her research Stien has curated a number of exhibitions and art projects in public space, and she has worked as an art critic. She is amongst others a member the artistic advisory board of Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF), chairman of the board of Kunstkritikk, member of the board of research and development at Arts Council Norway and member of the research group Worlding Northern Art (WONA). Stien takes part in the research project Urban Transformation in a Warming Arctic (URBTRANS), which is led by Tone Huse.

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