Skewed Nature, by Ingeborg Annie Lindahl, 2015
‘Rhetorics of Power’ is a project involving art professionals from Norway and Russia to research different dimensions of the concept of Power and its role in the modern society through art. The outcome of the project is a big group exhibition in St. Petersburg and a publication.
The exhibition will take place in the Museum of nonconformist art (MNA) continuing the Norwegian-Russian collaboration that started in 2015 in the framework of the St. Petersburg Art Residency program directed by curator Anastasia Patsey (RU). Six female artists working in different fields of contemporary art are invited to participate in the project: Ingeborg Annie Kristine Lindahl (NO), Ina Otzko (NO), Emilija Skarnulyte (NO), Marita Isobel Solberg (NO), Anastasia Vepreva (RU), Anna Tereshkina (RU). Each of them will develop and share an individual vision of Power as a phenomenon and reflect on its place in one’s artistic practice. The artist will create new works of visual and performative art, as well as contribute text materials for the publication.
The exhibition at the MNA will be accompanied by a public program with a focus on the philosophical and aesthetic interpretations of Power. Its aim will be to offer a platform for international professional exchange between practitioners and theoreticians of contemporary art.
The history of the Museum of nonconformist art has a close connection to the theme of the project. Having been founded in 1998 by former unofficial Leningrad artists it embodied their vision of art as a power of confrontation with the totalitarian soviet ideology. Today the museum is an international exhibition, research and educational centre, member of the ICOM. It belongs to the most respected non-governmental museums in Russia and collaborates with museums, galleries and research institutions worldwide.
The project is supported by High North AiR Network/AIR Barents 2016, the St. Petersburg Art Residency and the ‘Free Culture Fellowship’/Art centre Pushkinskaya-10.
Presentation of The Barents Symphony by Ina Otzko in St Petersburg, 2015 | Photo by Christina Moskvina
High North AiR Network/AIR Barents 2016 is a long-term collaboration between 14 residency programs and cultural organisations based in Northern regions of Norway and Russia. It is supported by BarentsKult, Arts Council Norway and project partners.