Press release -
MOMENTUM announces Tenthaus as curator for its 2023 edition
10 June 2023 - 8 October 2023
Jeløya, Moss, Norway
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to be part of this platform at such a dynamic and important time for art and art institutions, and to be involved in further developing the profile of biennale and its programme. We look forward to settling in Moss and to strengthening the connections between the local, national and international art communities there. As MOMENTUM is an internationally recognised biennale, this is a unique opportunity to create interdisciplinary relationships with both art and artists at the centre.”
Tenthaus Art Collective has collaborated together in various constellations since 2009. Characterised by an open, process-oriented form of participation and collaboration, its focus is on local contexts, exploring collectivity and inclusion through different forms of engagement.
Tenthaus began as an artists-in-schools project in Oslo. Over a decade later, the collective continues to maintain strong relations with the community, while working to cultivate and nurture its environment. It now encompasses a project room, an exhibition space and a mobile studio, as well as a wide range of curatorial projects.
As a collective, Tenthaus continuously reimagines itself, exploring what it means to be artists working with the public, and what makes a relevant socially engaged practice. Working with discursive events, radio, research, exchanges, workshops and exhibitions with an international orientation, each of its members brings a distinct set of skills, practices, and cultural knowledge, and the distinctive result of their collaborations and collective discussion is visible through their work.
Dag Aak Sveinar, Director of MOMENTUM and Galleri F 15, notes: “I am delighted that the artist collective Tenthaus will curate the twelfth edition of MOMENTUM, which is set to open in June 2023. Tenthaus is a socially engaged collective and we look forward to seeing how their practice interacts with the community in Moss. The coming edition will also incorporate a new approach to Alby farm, where Galleri F 15 and the F 15 studio are situated, exploring its many outbuildings and courtyards.”
The biennale was established in 1998 and is currently organised and produced by Galleri F 15 in Moss, Norway. For over two decades, MOMENTUM has consistently supported compelling curatorial vision and operated as a platform for exploring the exhibition format, both in the Nordic context and with an international perspective. Since its eleventh edition, most venues and sites are located on the island of Jeløya, offering an opportunity for MOMENTUM to engage in a closer relationship with nature, explore the connections of different landscapes to local cultural history, and be a catalyst for change.
MOMENTUM 1—Pakkhus, 1998: Lars Bang Larsen, Daniel Birnbaum, and Atle Gerhardsen
MOMENTUM 2—Park, 2000: Ina Blom, Jonas Ekeberg, Jacob Fabricius, and Paula Toppila
MOMENTUM 3—Momentum 2004, 2004: Caroline Corbetta and Per Gunnar Tverbakk
MOMENTUM 4—Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better., 2006: Annette Kierulf and Mark Sladen
MOMENTUM 5—Favoured Nations, 2009: Lina Džuverović and Stina Högkvist
MOMENTUM 6—Imagine Being Here Now, 2011: Markús Þór Andrésson, Theodor Ringborg, Aura Seikkula, Christian Skovbjerg Jensen, and Marianne Zamecznik
MOMENTUM 7—Dare 2 Love Yourself and Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, 2013: Erlend Hammer (D2LY) and Power Ekroth (SITBB)
MOMENTUM 8—Tunnel Vision, 2015: Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Birta Guðjónsdóttir, Stefanie Hessler, and Toke Lykkeberg
MOMENTUM 9—Alienation, 2017: Ulrika Flink, Ilari Laamanen, Jacob Lillemose, Gunhild Moe, and Jón B. K. Ransu
MOMENTUM 10—The Emotional Exhibition, 2019: Marti Manen with assistant curator Anne Klontz
MOMENTUM 11—House of Commons, 2021: Théo-Mario Coppola with curator mediation by Håkon Lillegraven
MOMENTUM - The Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art is one of the most important biennials for contemporary art in the Nordic region, organised every second year.
MOMENTUM has international ambitions, relating art, place and society, and explores and strengthens contemporary art seen in a Nordic context. MOMENTUM is a societal, discursive platform for artistic, intellectual and critical reflection, and challenges and strengthens the contemporary discourse concerning the biennial format. Art mediation is a core activity facilitated through mediation programs, publications and communication platforms. MOMENTUM cooperates with local, Nordic and international partners in the field of art and culture, and works towards reaching a wide audience spanning from a local to an international level. MOMENTUM´s main venue iw Galleri F 15. Alternative venues and areas in Moss are linked to each individual biennial.