In Conversation: Seamus Harahan and Saskia Holmkvist

holylands, 2003, Seamus Harahan

OSLO PILOT and PRAKSIS are pleased to present In Conversation: Seamus Harahan and Saskia Holmkvist.

The conversation between 2015 Jarman Award winning artist/musician Seamus Harahan and artist Saskia Holmkvist will take place in OSLO PILOT’s project room June 18 at 2 pm  The conversation will feature screenings of Harahan’s work. Here for Facebook event.

Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Seamus Harahan has been invited by PRAKSIS and OSLO PILOT to participate in a month long residency. Harahan’s deceptively simple work engages with his surrounding environment, discovering a sensual poetics in everyday, marginal and overlooked subjects and peripheral details. His work was described by Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, as: “challenging and experimental while also humorous and accessible.”

Harahan is represented in London by Gimpel Fils and has exhibited widely internationally, including at Tate Britain, London, and representing Northern Ireland at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. He received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists in 2009. He is ex-director of Catalyst Arts Belfast.

Professor of contemporary art at KHIO, Saskia Holmkvist is a Swedish artist based in Stockholm and Oslo. Holmkvist’s work comprises performative strategies, site-specific projects and film/video in an ongoing exploration into questions of the professionalization of language and concerns of translatability of subject positions. In creating mostly performative encounters between different protagonists through a conceptual and methodical approach borrowed from the artistic and academic field, such as journalism, theatre and psychology, the aim is to investigate by means of interacting.

Recent solo presentations include Henie Onstad Art Center, Oslo (2011) and Frankfurter Kunstverein (2009). Holmkvist has shown work in a wide range of spaces, recently in «Manifesto. Art today, facing the doubts», Fabra i Coats, Centre d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona (2014), «Sunshine Socialist Cinema», Höja in Skåne (2014), Photo Cairo 5, Cairo (2012), «Found in Translation», Casino Luxembourg (2011), «Polis Polis Potatismos», Malmö Konsthall, Malmö (2010).

PRAKSIS is a progressive not-for-profit international arts arena in Oslo. Functioning as a catalyst for development through research and cross-cultural dialogue, Praksis creates supportive communities that bring together local, national and international artists, makers and thinkers across disciplines in relationships of collaboration and exchange.

OSLO PILOT is a two-year project curated by Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk set up to investigate the role of art in and for the public realm and to lay ground for a future periodic art event in public space. OSLO PILOT is initiated and financed by the City of Oslo, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Norway.