On the occasion of Bergen Kunsthall’s live project Cruising Utopia (26th June), Naeem Dxvis, Sara Sassanelli and Tominga O’Donnell will be in conversation with Nora-Swantje Almes about their approaches to queerness within their practices.
Naeem Dxvis is an interdisciplinary artist and curator with a sentimental approach. Their work has emotional resonance, processing feelings of disempowerment, defiance, joy, nostalgia and desire.
As the creative director and co-founder of BBZ, for the past 6 years they have produced events across the globe and worked in partnership with Tate, ICA, Dazed, Afropunk and the British Council. As a collective, BBZ prioritised the experiences of queer womxn, trans folk and nonbinary people of colour, providing physical and online platforms for emerging queer talent. As an independent artist and creative producer, they remain unapologetically committed to building intentional spaces for marginalized communities through queer feminist practice, and advancing public dialogue around these topics.
Sara Sassanell is a curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London) and an associate of studio programme CONDITIONS (London). They are interested in supporting work at the intersections of sound and choreography. They are currently undertaking research on references to rave culture in contemporary live practices.
Tominga O’Donnell is Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at MUNCH in Oslo, where she/they curated the programme Munchmuseet on the Move (2016–2019), adopting a queer curatorial approach and commissioning new work from a range of artists, including Toril Johannessen & Marjolijn Dijkman, Trollkrem, Sara Eliassen, Pedro Gómez-Egaña and Kirsten Astrup & Maria Bordorff. The programme received the Norwegian Art Critics' Award (Kunstkritikerprisen) in 2018. Her/their educational background includes a BA in Modern History and Politics from the University of Oxford, an MA Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, and a PhD from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design on the exhibition as a spatial construct. O’Donnell has also been Associate Professor (20%) at The Art Academy – Department of Contemporary Art at the University of Bergen.
Plattform is Bergen Kunsthall’s series of lectures and debates with artists and prominent thinkers. This season we present talks and conversations that expand on the ideas of our summer exhibitions with Lene Berg and Damla Kilickiran, and Cruising Utopia – the first live project of 2022. The talks will dive into central themes of Lene Berg’s work: memory, storytelling and working at the intersection of visual arts and film. Italian philosopher Federico Campagna’s contemporary take on the reconstruction of realities has been a strong inspiration for Oslo-based artist Damla Kilickiran.