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Talk : Hanne Hammer Stien
Archive material as raw material


Wednesday, October 20 at 6 p.m.

The talk will be held in Norwegian.

In connection with the exhibition Power & Paper, Associate Professor of Art History, Hanne Hammer Stien will give a talk at NOUA, where she addresses the development of the use of archival material in artistic practices.

18.00 - 18.45: Talk
18.50 - 19.30: Audience dialogue with lecturer and moderator Espen Kjelling
19.30 - 21.00: The bar is kept open.

Free entrance.
The bar is open throughout the lecture.

Opportunities to reserve seats, send an email to info@noua.no

The photograph is from the Inuuteq Stoch's photo book project Mirrored - Portraits of Good Hope "which is based on the Greenlandic photographer John Møller's (1867-1935) portraits of Danes in Nuuk.
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About the talk:
In the 1990s, many artists and photographers began to use material from public and private archives and collections as artistic raw materials. This tendency has been described as an archival twist in art, and has been both praised and criticized. "Archival art" often challenges and criticizes existing history writing. In this talk, Hanne will especially take a closer look at some Greenlandic and Sami artists who in different ways relate to material taken from different archives and collections. In order to see what strategies artists such as Pia Arke, Inuuteq Storch, Katarina Pirak Sikku and Outi Pieski use when they enter into a dialogue with history writing and create new knowledge and new stories, she will in the lecture use concepts such as re-staging, reuse and repatriation.

Hanne Hammer Stien is an associate professor of art history at the Academy of Fine Arts and deputy director of education and artistic development work at the Norwegian Arctic University Museum and Academy of Fine Arts. Her research interests include museology and curatorial practice, photo history and photo theory, contemporary art and art theory, and Sami and Greenlandic art. Together with Merete Jonvik, Eivind Røssaak and Arnhild Sunnanå, Stien has written Art as sharing. The art of sharing (Fagbokforlaget, 2020). Stien has for a long time worked as an art critic and she has a curatorial practice. She is a member of the R&D committee of the Norwegian Cultural Council, and is chair of the board of the Art Criticism Foundation and a member of the artistic council of the Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF).