Lofoten International Art Festival – LIAF
August 30 – September 29 2019
and events throughout 2019
Hilde Methi announced as curator of LIAF 2019
“We are extremely happy to announce Hilde Methi as curator of LIAF 2019. She has recently completed several interesting projects, their common denominator being thorough research, long-term collaboration with artists, and an orchestration of meetings between art and audiences in innovative ways. We really look forward to collaborating with Hilde Methi and her curatorial team!”
(Helga-Marie Nordby, Chair, LIAF Artistic Advisory Board and Svein Ingvoll Pedersen, Director, North Norwegian Art Centre)
Hilde Methi will work with a curatorial team consisting of:
Neal Cahoon, Karolin Tampere and Torill Østby Haaland.
The curatorial team about the concept:
“With an eye on each arm, LIAF 2019 will be realised in several areas of the Lofoten archipelago over a number of months. We’ll start by inviting four artists or artist groups to work in both the Eastern and Western regions of the islands. Artistic process and a sensitivity to materials will form the basis of a series of local productions, the processes of which will give direction to a collection of entangled exhibitions during LIAF in September 2019”
Hilde Methi (NO) is a curator based in Kirkenes, Norway. She has recently curated and produced Dark Ecology (2014–2016, 2018) with Sonic Acts (NL) – a presentation of new temporary installations and performances within a specific part of the Norwegian-Russian borderland, and later exhibited in other contexts. Other collaborations include Rural Reading Room (2012–2015),Mobile Kultur Byrå (2006–), and The Sámi Art Festival, which involved engagements with various places in Sápmi and the Barents Region between 2008 and 2011.
Neal Cahoon (UK/IE) is a writer, practice-based PhD researcher at the University of Roehampton, and a current House Group member of the Mustarinda Association residency in the Kainuu region of Finland. Between 2016–2017 he assisted with the curation of the TCCE Inside Out Festival, theImpossible Partnerships knowledge exchange series, the practice-based research forum Work Processing, as well as the SurreySoundscapes project together with TECHNE and Surrey Hills Arts.
Karolin Tampere (NO) is an artist and curator based in Lofoten. Currently she is engaged as a curator at the North Norwegian Art Centre in Svolvær, and has a particular interest in collaborative practices. Since 2004 she has regularly contributed to the “forever lasting” art project Sørfinnset Skole/the nord land, and together with Åse Løvgren she initiated the ongoing collaboration Rakett in 2003. Tampere is part of Ensayos, a feminist research program through which artists, scientists and local agents contemplate and engage in matters related to the political ecology of Tierra del Fuego (CL).
Torill Østby Haaland (NO) has been a curator and the head of exhibitions at the North Norwegian Art Centre in Svolvær, Lofoten since 2010. She has curated exhibitions and art projects in the Nordic Countries, among others Skills – thinking through making, telling by hand (2014),The Festival That Wouldn’t Sink: The Lofoten Art Festival 1991-2013 (2015) and Paradise and Barbed Wire. Tor Esaissen at Krysset in Sørvågen (2017). Østby Haaland holds an MA in Art History from the University of Oslo and is currently finishing her MA in Curatorial Practice at the University of Bergen.
About Lofoten International Art Festival
LIAF is a biennial festival for contemporary art that takes place in Lofoten, a cluster of islands located on the Northern Coast of Norway, just above the Arctic Circle. Since 1999, LIAF has presented works by international artists in a local and site-specific context. LIAF acknowledges the complexity of place and it seeks to be a discursive, engaged and social platform for different positions, creating dialogue between the local and global. Since 2009, the festival has been run by the North Norwegian Art Center (NNKS) and LIAF’s Artistic Advisory Board. LIAF and NNKS receive operational support from the Arts Council Norway, the counties of Finnmark, Troms and Nordland, and the municipality of Vågan.