What creative leeway does feminism offer?

Chitra Ganesh (American, born 1975). Eyes of Time (detail), 2014. Mixed-media wall mural. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco. © Chitra Ganesh. Photo: Jonathan Dorado, Brooklyn Museum


OSLO PILOT invites you to a public conversation at Forstandersalen in Sentralen, Oslo,May 2, at 18:30

What creative leeway does feminism offer?

How does feminism assert itself in contemporary art and what creative leeway does feminism offer as an ideology and methodology? Is working within a feminist direction in visual art common practice today? If so, what does it mean? What can feminism as a socially critical tool offer artists today?

Feminism and its history will continue to challenge habitual mindsets, but it needs a concrete form. This panel composed of artists, curators and academics will speculate about the future of feminism, and attempt to answer the above questions through a series of examples and presentations of projects that have affected our perception of how a contemporary look at the past can change our understanding of it. One example is Kunstnernes Hus and OSLO PILOT’s ongoing reintroduction of Siri Aurdal ‘s pioneering artistic works, which includes an upcoming presentation of her modular sculpture Three Frequencies in Vigeland Park at the end of May. Another is the curatorial action Hold Steinhårdt fast på greia di-Norwegian Art and Feminism 1968-89, an investigative project organized by Kunsthall Oslo about the near past. Both endeavors encourage large art institutions to rethink their role in the writing of history.

The conversation is held in conjunction with the American activist and philanthropist Elizabeth Sackler’s visit to Oslo. Sackler’s role in exploring the critical influence of feminism in art is renowned, and The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York is a key institution. The centre is anchored around artist Judy Chicago’s famous 1979 work The Dinner Party which is on permanent display.

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OSLO PILOT is a two-year project investigating the role of art in and for the public realm. Laying the groundwork for a future periodic art event in public space, Oslo Pilot’s 2015­–2016 programme is aimed at exploring the intersecting temporalities of the artwork, the periodic art event, and the public sphere. Oslo Pilot is curated by Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk.

Wencke Mühleisen is a gender and media researcher. She has worked with understandings of feminism, gender and sexuality in culture as a media performance artist, researcher, writer and author.

Eline Mugaas is an Oslo-based artist working primarily in photography, video, and collage. Since 2008, Mugaas has been publishing the fanzine ALBUM together with artist Elise Storsveen. ALBUM co-curated the exhibition Hold Steinhårdt fast på greia di-Norwegian Art and Feminism 1968-89

Tone Hansen is director and curator at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter since 2011. She is the newly elected Chair of the Norwegian Arts Council. She has published numerous anthologies and books in addition to exhibition activities.

Elizabeth A. Sackler is a Public Historian, arts activist, and American Indian advocate. She is President of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, both in New York City. She established the American Indian Ritual Object Repatriation Foundation in 1992 (Founder and President) and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum in 2007, and was in 2014 named chairwoman of the Brooklyn Museum.