Annette Kierulf i samtale med Axel Wieder

In this installment of the talks and readings series, artist and curator Annette Kierulf is in conversation with director at Bergen Kunsthall, Axel Wieder, discussing the use of woodcut as artistic medium and its position in contemporary discourse, and the notion of printmaking as an art form that is historically or specifically linked to politics of publicness and forms of public art.

This recording will be streamed live her and be made available later, on Vimeo, Youtube, Facebook and on the programme page for the series.

ANNETTE KIERULF´s work ranges across a wide variety of media – from woodcuts, artist books to installation. She uses visual art is as a means of exploring issues on economy, production, technology and contemporary life.

Since graduating from Bergen Academy of Art and Design in 1992 she has worked as an artist, curator and writer. Recent exhibitions include Brannon, Büttner, Kierulf, Kierulf, Kilpper at Bergen Kunsthall and Night work in the Garden at Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo. She is Co-Founder and Editor of Kunstjournalen B-post, an independent magazine with annual editions on contemporary art.

She was the curator of the 4th Momentum – Festival of Contemporary Art, together with Mark Sladen in 2006. From 1999 – 2007 she ran the art project By the Way in the centre of Bergen, a gallery space consisting of five large windows. She has experience with public art commissions as consultant for KORO – Public Art Norway and Art for National Tourist Routes in Norway.

AXEL WIEDER, a curator and writer, is director of Bergen Kunsthall since 2018. He has been director of Index – the Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation in Stockholm (2014–2018), where he organized solo exhibitions with Simone Forti, Stephen Willats, Willem de Rooij and Anna Boghiguian and a collaborative project by John Skoog and Emanuel Röhss, together with an extensive program and learning activities. During his tenure, Index established two programs for young people, the Teen Advisory Board and a long-term collaboration with schools, The Residents.

Previously, he has been Head of Programme and Curator of Exhibitions at Arnolfini Center of Contemporary Arts in Bristol since 2012, where he organized, amongst others, “The Promise” (2014, curated with Lucy Badrocke), involving works of artists and offsite projects alongside urban planning and architectural models of Bristol, and solo exhibitions with Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Josephine Pryde and Ian Hamilton Finlay. From 2007 to 2010, Wieder was artistic director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, and in 2010 he worked as Visiting Curator at Ludlow 38, Goethe-Institut New York.

In response to the limitations in our live program capabilities in 2020, Bergen Kunsthall has produced a new series of recorded talks and readings with local and international artists and writers, developing a dialogue surrounding our exhibition program and exploring practices of local artists which we will be presenting to wider online audiences.

This new series utilises the input of artists and writers to initiate dialogues in connection with our current exhibition program and expands upon themes socially and politically relevant within their own studio practices. Artists invited in the series include Annette Kierulf, Kobie Nel, Elsebet Rahlff and Maia Urstad, with three readings provided by Lisa Robertson, Elvia Wilk and Rebecca Tamás.

Part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Re-Imagine Europe is initiated by Sonic Acts (NL) and coordinated by Paradiso (NL) in collaboration with Elevate Festival (AT), Lighthouse (UK), INA GRM (FR), Kontejner (HR), Landmark / Bergen Kunsthall (NO), A4 (SK), Disruption Network Lab (DE) and Ràdio Web MACBA (ES)