The Festival Exhibition 2020 at Bergen Kunsthall presents Norwegian-Sámi artist Joar Nango. Initially trained as an architect, Joar Nango constructs his projects as laboratories, investigating traditions and experiences from his cultural background, characterized by flexibility, pragmatism and adaptation to nature. The exhibition is less a finished product than an arena for a social process of creating places and situations with possibilities for improvisation, collective action and direct negotiations with the local context. Architecture and the built environment are seen in relation to the culture and power dynamics that govern them, and as a starting point for making changes. The exhibition includes several of Nango’s ongoing collaborative projects, such as The Sami Architecture Library (Girjegumpi), a sculpture made out of car parts from his architecture collective FFB’s van, and the Post-Capitalist Architecture TV series, produced in advance of the Festival Exhibtion in collaboration with Ken Are Bongo.
The project also includes a series of events, among others: concerts with Avant Joik and Raven Chacon, as well as a performance by Carte Blanche.
A new book will be published on the occasion of the exhibition, with contributions by Mathias Danbolt, Dimitris Dalakoglou, Candice Hopkins, Sigbjørn Skåden and Axel Wieder.
The Bergen International Festival Exhibition is one of Norway´s most important exhibitions of contemporary art and is considered the most prestigious exhibition commission for a Norwegian artist in his or her home country. The festival Exhibition has been shown at Bergen Kunsthall since 1953, selected and organised by Bergen Kunsthall.
Plattform is Bergen Kunsthall´s series of lectures and debates.