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New perspectives on feminism and art in the Nordic Countries 1970-2018

18. Sep 2018 KL. 09:00 - 18:15

September 18th- 19 th 2018, Stavanger Art Museum

The past decade has witnessed a growing interest in feminist issues in art. A new generation of curators and artists have taken an interest in politics, feminism and the avant-garde of the 1960’s and 70’s (i. e. the Danish group Kvinder på Værtshus) and exhibitions across Europe have shown feminist art or highlighted sexuality and diversity. But despite what seems to be feminist wave, women’s and feminist art is still rarely collected and shown; the SAMMLUNG VERBUND, Collection from Vienna, is an exception. And despite their reputation as equality oriented, the Nordic countries have also done relatively little to explore the characteristics and impact of the feminist movement on art and curating.  

This seminar aims to shed new light on Nordic feminist art and curating from the past 50 years, and we welcome papers highlighting individual feminist artists or artist groups, activist art and curating. Who were the main artists, artist groups, theorists or curators active in the women’s movement in the 70’s and 80’s? Were, and are there still, similarities in the visual rhetoric of art, film, feminist journals, posters and in activism in general? What are the challenges facing curators and museums who wish to explore and re-inscribe women’s art and the feminist movement in art’s histories? How do we deal with feminist issues in art, curating and museum work today? 

Registration for the seminar by 7 September. Registration fee is NOK 300 (includes lunch). It is possible to sign up without a paper presentation. Binding registration to:  

Scandic Forum Hotel (3 minutes from Stavanger Art Museum) offers discounts for seminar participants.
For hotel reservation please send mail to:, and add booking ref 46666200.

Foto: Kirsten Justesen, Sculpture #2, 1968
Copyright: Kirsten Justesen / BONO, Oslo, 2018 / The SAMMLUNG VERBUND Collection, Vienna 


Tuesday 18th September     

09.00-10.00     Registration and coffee

10.00-10.15     Welcome from museum and network

10.15-11.15     Theresa Dann, Curator SAMMLUNG VERBUND Collection, Vienna

11.15-12.15     Linda Fagerström, "We Fight Back! On courage, solidarity and feminism in contemporary Nordic art” 

12.15-13.15     Lunch  

13.15-13.45     Kirsten Justesen presents her work

13.45-14.15     Elisabeth Haarr presents her work  

14.15-15.00     Seeing the exhibition and coffee  

15.00-16.00     Birgitte Anderberg, «Ephemeral Presences. Tracing and Re-Presenting the 1970’s feminist Danish art»

16.00-16.35     Screening of Ursula Reuter Christiansen’s film Skarpretteren, 1971  

16.45-18.15     Screening of the Norwegian film Hustruer (Housewifes) (Anja Breien, 1975)

20.00               Dinner in town

Wednesday 19th September 

09.00-09.30     Ingrid Synneva Holtar, «Experiments in Norwegian feminist film fictions»

09.30-10.00     Sigrun Åsebø, «The feminist exhibition in a Norwegian context»

10.00-10.30     Ulla Angkjær Jørgensen, «Performing Diversity in the Museum. Sámi Dáiddamusea at Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum in 2017»

10.30-10.45     Coffee break  

10.45-11.15     Frida Forsgren, «The Women of the Norwegian GRAS Movement: Siri Aurdal, Eva Lange and Marit Wiklund»

11.15-11.45     Else-Brit Kroneberg, «The Swedish Photographer Eva Klasson in the Collection of AKO Kunststiftelse/Nicolai Tangen»  

12.00-13.00     Lunch  

13.00-13.30     Natalie Hope O’Donnell, «Towards an inclusive exhibition history: strategies for expanding the canon»

13.30-14.00     Women Down the Pub, a contemporary Danish feminist collective presented by Lisa Strömbeck  

14.00-14.15     Coffee break  

14.15-14.45     Julie Rokkjær Birch, «Masculinity after Feminism. The Danish artist Peter Land»

14.45-15.15     Eva-Lene G. Østensen, «Intervening Public Space: Presence and Activism as Strategies in Performance»  

15.15-15.30     Short break  

15.30-16.30     Panel discussion