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2024


June


Siri Hermansen will be a jurymember of the Koro art-price 2024.


Siri Hermansen will be a sensor for the Masterstudents at KHIO, Master in Art and Public Space.



April


Siri Hermansen is appointed Head of an expert Jury at the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo.


The Artacademy in Tromsø  has invited Siri Hermansen to give an artisttalk and be a guest supervisor for the Masterstudents.


March


Siri Hermansen was invited to make a filmed interview by the DTK-artschool, presenting her artistic research practice from her studio at Fornebu.



February

Art critic of The Barenstsspektakel 2024 in Morgenbladet  

https://www.morgenbladet.no/kultur/kunst/2024/02/23/barents-spektakel-kunsten-undersoker-nordomradenes-militaere-terreng/


Art critic in Hakapik.no "Bevæpmet men ikke farlig"

https://www.hakapik.no/home/2024/3/2/bevbnet-men-aldrig-farlig


Barentsspektakel 2024 Piken på Broen, Kirkenes



Lecture at Oslo Metropolitan University (Oslo MET) February 9 2024.

As Part of Oslo Metropolian Universitys yearly Art and Craft COnfernace, SIri Hermansen will hold a Lecture Titled Apology.


January

Hermansen is travelling to Tromsø to attend the pressconferance hosted by Cecilie Myrseth, the Minister of FIshery and Ocean. Myrseth is presenting the new fishing policy by the government. The information is part of her research to the project"Freedom of the Seas", where she investigates who has the rights to the fish in the sea.



2023


Desember

Siri Hermansen is invited to be a sensor at the semesterreview for the Masterstudents at The Artacademy of Tromsø.


November

Residency Part II at Pikene på Broen in Kirkenes will take place in November. Hermansen will stay in Vardø and Kirkenes during the residency.


September

Siri Hermansen will supervice three MA1 students at KHIO, Art and Public Space in the fall of 2023


August

In a colaboration with Pikene på broen Siri Hermansen will be travelling to Kirkenes and the Varanger Peninsual on an artist residency in august 2023. Pikene på Broen is a critically acclaimed collective of curators and producers based in the north-eastern Norwegian town of Kirkenes. Located 15 km from the Russian border and 50 km from the Finnish border town of Kirkenes is ideally placed for cross border coopertation and cultural exhange in the arctic. Pikene på broen was established in 1996 and has spent the past 20 years realising large and small scale cultural projects - the call these border-crossing excercises which provide new perspectives on the north while initiating discussions on themes relevant to the Barents Region.


May

Renual of 10 years artist grant from 2024-2034

Siri Hermansen is very greatful to have been awarded renual of 10 years artist grant from the Norwegian Government. The previouse grant is awarded from 2014-2024. The Governmental Artist Grants are fore artist to secure diverse and innovative arts activity by providing stipends for individual artists, The grants are awarded based on artistic quality and activity.


New Studio at Flytårnet Fornebu

Siri Hermansen has moved her studio from Oslo at Myntgt. 2 to a larger space at the old national airport at Fornebu.


April

Last week of the public artproject I will at Kunsthall 3,14

Curated by director Malin Barth, Siri Hermansen has exhibited a new public flag every week at Kunsthall 3,14 in Bergen Norway. The project titled I will


Opening of Bastard artbookfair at Lillehammer Litterature Festival

Black Snow and Siri Hermansen is presenting three publications at Bastards Art Book Fair 2023 at Lillehammer Literature Festival. The publications are titled "The Economy of Survival", 2018 / Apology, 2020 and I will see you when the sun rise", 2023.


2022


November

To be able to concentrate fully on her own artistic research practice, Siri Hermansen resigned as Professor and Head of the Masterprogram Art and Public Space at the National Academy of arts in Oslo.


June

Opening of the Exhibition Habitat at Gallery F15, 28th - 5 October 2022

From autumn 2021, the Mastersprogram Art and Public Space at KHIO, lead by Siri Hermansen, has had Jeløya and the area in and around Gallery F15 as a research area. The result has been a comprehensive exhibition entitled HABITAT which shows 6 monumental art projects, 5 of which are installed outdoors. The exhibition is complex in itsentirety, and contextualizes in a surprising way what life is, and how life transforms the surroundings both in a local, historical and international perspective. In the space between what has been and what will be concepts such as survival strategies, pain relief, communication and care are central to the artworks. The art also reflects perspectives on the interaction between stories about people and nature that have taken place in an area. Underlying tones in the projects are political and revolve around democracy, conservation, respect and coexistence. At the exhibition, you will be able to experience an animal conferance, landacupunture, pink clouds, a healing carpet, a flag manifesto and a birthing clinic for butterflies.

The project was initiated and curated by Siri Hermansen. Artists presented wereAmina Baker Shubar, Jad El Khoury, Sarah Sekles, Sarah S., Merete Røstad and Siri Hermansen.


2021

June

Opening of Momentum 11. House of Common curated Theo Mario Coppola.

In the beautiful plattform designed by architect S-AR, Siri Hermansen is exhibiting the Three channel video installation

The film investigates how memories and traumas of the Second World War have been transferred and received by the 3rd generation descendants of German families. We get an insight into human processes of adaption, where human negotiation mechanisms enter into force to carry their family heritage.


 

In the film we meet Cultural Historian; Georg Habermehl, Psyciatric Nurse; Martin Jansen and Professor in Social Science; Claudia Lenz. Through conversations, the three protagonists reveal different strategies and methods of understanding their family and countries History of the Nazi era. Whereas George Habermehl denies that his grandfather was a Nazi, although he was a high-ranking officer participating in the occupation of Narvik, Norway, Martin Jansen has internalized his family history, trying to fill the whole from his cold upbringing with new ideas that he is transmitting to his own children.


Lastly we meet Professor Claudia Lenz whom has filled her adult life as a Memory researcher with WWII as one of her specialities. She says that scientific research on generational studies shows that traumatic events from the 2. World war has been told to the close relatives, but that the receiver often negotiates and transforms these painful memories to something positive, in order to be able to carry their family history.


The underlying question in the project, becomes then how we can learn from history?


2020


Financial Support from Freedom of the Speach Foundation

The Fritt Ord Foundation has generously supported my new project I WILL. The Fritt Ord Foundation is a private non-profit foundation that seeks to promote freedom of expression, public debate, art and culture.

15.05.2020 8:24


Production grant received from Møre og Romsdal Art Centre in Molde, Norway

The project "I will" has been generously supported with a production grant from Møre and Romsdal Art Centre, situated in Molde on the beautiful west coast of Norway. As part of the Grant I will move my studio-practice from Oslo to the Art Gallery of Møre og Romsdal Art Centre for one week from the 22.th - 27th of June 2020.

14.05.2020 12:47


Video Interview with Saim Naveed Iqbal

Talking with Saim Naveed Iqbal about my artistic practice and the sound installation "Borderline" (2007) currently installed in the clocktower at Lillestrøm Church. The work takes part in the exhibition 'Tro, håp og kjærlighet?' currently on view at Lillestrøm church and Akershus Artcentre 02.–30.05.2020.

12.05.2020 7:46


Art Critic: New and Old Mythologies - on the exhibition Faith, Hope and Love

Titled "New and Old Mythologies" art critic Espen Hauglid had written an Interesting critic in the Norwegian newspaper Morgenbladet today, on the exhibition "Faith, Hope and Love". The group exhibition curated by Monica Holmen and Rikke Komissar features works by Ida-Johanna Lundqvist, Monika Zak, Lilithistene, Erlend Berge, Kirsti van Hoegee, Lykourgos Porfyris and myself.

9.05.2020 15:39


Exhibition at Akershus Art Centre / Lillestrøm Church opening 2. of May 2020

The new exhibition at Akershus Art Centre / Lillestrøm Church is titled Faith, Hope and Love and includes my sound installation "Borderline" (2007). By adopting the Muslim outdoor praying tradition, the sound installation is transmitting Muslim, Christian and Jewish prayers and will be the installed in the Church Tower of Lillestrøm Church. "Fragments of Muslim, Christian and Jewish prayer are interlinked in a dialogue, which here alternate between overlapping, colliding and following one another. The sound fills the room and spreads down the stairs. Although there are three different prayers, we are also reminded here that belief in the ultimate consequence is about the same: human need to believe in something greater than oneself" of the Church tower intertwining with the other great works by Erlend Berge, Kirsti van Hoegee og Lykourgos Porfyris. The Exhibition is on view from the 2. - 30th of May and is curated by Rikke Komissar and Monica Holmen .

2.05.2020 18:14


Kunstkritikk: Trouble with politics, art critic "The dead are not actually Dead" Bergen Assembly, 2019

..only one Norwegian artist is included. That artist is Siri Hermansen, who shows Apology (2014), a documentary about the Norwegian king’s apology to the Sámi people in 1997, issued as an expression of regret for the many years of Norwegianisation policies.

25.01.2020 22:06


"Terra Nullius" at Göteborg Kunsthall

Welcome to "Samtal om Extraktivism" at Gøteborg Kunsthall 25th of January 2020 at 14 Pm . My film Terra Nullius, 2014 will be screened in the discussion and screening program "Samtal om Extraktivism" as part of the

exhibition Varje löv är ett öga. The program is curated by Jan-Erik Lundström.

22.01.2020 14:13


Appointed substitute head of research at Bergen Art Academy

A new job adventure starts as Head of Research at Bergen Art Academy, University of Bergen. It is a temporary 50 % position lasting from the 1. of August 2019 until the 31. of January 2020. I will work closely with the Dean, Frans Jacobi and the Professors in staff and the 10. PHD-fellows with artistic research and artistic research dissemination.

14.01.2020 10:52


The installation "Apology" at Bergen Assembly 2019 - 5th of september - 11th of November 2019

Bergen Assembly 2019, titled Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead, encompasses an exhibition and a series of events taking place at various venues in Bergen. At the centre of the project is a preoccupation with life – with an understanding of life beyond the binary oppositions of life and death, human and non-human, subject and object, abled and disabled, past and future. Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead examines how to redefine our alliances with those who are not presently living. The project proposes communicating with the spectres of the past and the future and taking responsibility for those who are no longer, or not yet, here. It defies the prevalent politics of death, ranging from the destruction of the material and idealistic basis of life for countless people, or the deadly rejection of refugees, to the

destruction of the planet. Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead revolves around the reclamation of life, fathoming the potential of artistic practices to imagine life differently. Bergen Assembly 2019 was conceived by a group of twelve curators, artists, theorists, and activists. This core group developed the programme in the form of individual, shared, and overlapping projects to which it invited further artists, curators and contributors from other fields. Belgin is Bergen Assembly 2019’s central working, meeting, and public space from April to November 2019. The venue at museum KODE 2 has not been publicly accessible for many years. It will not only host Bergen Assembly itself but is also open to the activities of local groups and initiatives. Core Group: Conveners Hans D. Christ an Iris Dressler

05.11.2019 14:32


Invitation to exhibit at Bergen Assembly 2019 Opening 5.9. to10.11.2019

I am so grateful to participate titled Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead at Bergen Assembly 2019. The project encompasses an exhibition and a series of events taking place at various venues in Bergen. At the centre of the project is a preoccupation with life – with an understanding of life beyond the binary oppositions of life and death, nature and culture, human and animal, subject and object, healthy and sick, past and future, and so on. Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead examines how to redefine our alliances with those who are not presently living. The project proposes communicating with the spectres of the past and the future and taking responsibility for those who are no longer, or not yet, here. This responsibility defies the subjugation of life to the politics of death, ranging from the destruction of the material and idealistic basis of life for countless people, or the deadly rejection of refugees, to the destruction of the planet. Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead revolves around the reclamation of life, fathoming the potential of artistic practices to imagine life differently. Bergen Assembly 2019 is conceived by a group of twelve curators, artists, theorists, and activists. Conveners are Hans D. Christ and Iris Dressler in collaboration with Murat Deha Boduroğlu, Banu Cennetoğlu, María García, Hiwa K, Katia Krupennikova, Viktor Neumann, Paul B. Preciado, Pedro G. Romero, Simon Sheikh, and Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa EXHIBITION DURATION 5.9.–10.11.2019 OPENING DAYS 5.–8.9.2019

17.06.2019 10:03


Bærum Kunsthall Exhibition Opening / Neon Argon Krypton

Opening of the exhibition NEON ARGON KRYPTON at Bærum Kunsthall 11th. of October - 11th of November 2018. With Jeannette Christensen, Josefine Lyche, Nina Bang, Siri Hermansen, Trude Westby Nordmark, Lars Ø Ramberg, Michael O’Donnell, Per Hess, Risto Holopainen. The exhibition is initiated by Per Hess.

11.10.2018 8:35


New research project Lesvos, Greece

17. of June - 1. of July I was invited as an artist in residence by The University of Agder on a two weeks long field trip to Lesvos, Greece. The field trip was part of a larger MA course titled Arts-based Ethnography.

08.10.2018 15:03


Peer Review: PHD position at KHIO

I am honoured to give my point of view as a peers reviewer to one of the applicants to the very attractive PHD positions at the Royal Academy of Arts in Oslo.

01.06.2018 12:07


Black Snow Press at Bastard Artbook Festival 1. - 2 June 2018

Black Snow Press is invited to attend Bastard Artbook Festival in Lillehammer 1. - 2. of June. Bastard is initiated by Oppland Kunstsenter and is collaborating with the Norwegian Literature Festival in Lillehammer which takes place at the same time. Black Snow Press will have a stand promoting "The Economy of Survival" in the city centre together with great independent Artbook Publishers.

01.06.2018 7:51


Samisk Vrede, DKS Østfold

DKS Østfold (Den Kulturelle Skolesekken) and Visual art producer Rami Maktabi invited me to develop an artist talk and screening program which will tour for three weeks in the county of Østfold. The project will be based on my two projects Apology and Terra Nullius, which both deals with the on going conflict between interests on the other. As part of the tour the film "Sameblod" will be screened and presented by Karsten Meinich. The tour will take place in March and April 2019.

28.05.2018 7:54


Lecture for PHD students at the University of Agder

The faculty of art at the University in Agder have invited me to lecture and screen films on the 15th and 16th of May to the PHD-students. The lecture will be a presentation of art, reflections with an emphasis on my doctorate project "The Economy of Survival" which I concluded in 2016 at the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo in 2016.

12.05.2018 8:09


Examination Sensor at The Faculty of Art Music and Design, University of Bergen

16th.- 20th. of April 2018 I had the pleasure to be invited as an external Sensor to the MA2 students final exam at the Faculty of Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen.

16.04.2018 9:26


House of Foundation / Book release / The Economy of Survival

Artist talk and book release of "The economy of Survival" at House of Foundation 14.th of April 2018.

14.04.2018 9:50


Jury Member: Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond

I am honoured to be invited as a member of the jury, awarding art scholarships 2018 from Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond to outstanding students at The Royal Academy of the arts in Oslo.

6.04.2018 12:02


Book Release " The Economy of Survival" Fotogalleriet 25th of January

In conversation with editor Monica Holmen (Akershus Art Center), Siri Hermansen will discuss her new book The Economy of Survival. The book presents three site-specific projects, from Chernobyl, Detroit, and Israel / Palestine, respectively. Overall, the book gives a rich insight into an artistic practice where reflection on social, environmental and socio-political aspects of our society today is central. The book is published by Black Snow Press.

25.01.2018 9:54


Jul i P2: Nrk P2 - Siri Hermansen takes you to the unsafe zones that inspired her art.

Siri Hermansen takes you to the unsafe zones that inspired her art. An abandoned mining town in Spitsbergen, a fishing trip in the Forbidden Chernobyl Zone and a workshop in rabbit slaughtering in Detroit. Visual artist Siri Hermansen tells her how she has been inspired the insecure sons who have followed the Cold War. One hour of surprisingly interesting and touching radio. Selected guests tells their stories about what is closest to their hearts and plays their favourite music. Producer: Janne Kjellberg


26.12.2017 9:26

OCULA Ocula Report by Cathryn Drake Taste the Future: Lofoten International Arts Festival 2017

Ocula Report by Cathryn Drake I Taste the Future: Lofoten International Arts Festival 2017 …..”In the next room, Siri Hermansen's video Sorry (2016) tracks Norway's failure of the Sámi people, from King Harald's disingenuous address to the Sámi parliament ('Today we must express regret for the injustice the Norwegian state has previously committed against the Sámi people') to a TV clip portraying the Sámi as naive happy-go-lucky natives, framed by an interview with the patrician first president of the Sameting, Ole Henrik Magga, dressed in traditional costume. As a housemaid passes in the background holding a tray, he concludes placidly: 'The past is something that we can't undo. So a process that involves forgiveness or absolution, or questions related to that, is above all a statement of intent that one will do better than one managed to do in the past.' In short, things do not look very promising”.

12.10.2017 14:02


Hyperallergic; Tensions Over Untapped Oil Run Just Beneath the Surface at a Norwegian Art Festival Tensions Over Untapped Oil Run Just Beneath the Surface at a Norwegian Art Festival

Tensions Over Untapped Oil Run Just Beneath the Surface at a Norwegian Art Festival by Karen Gardiner September 29, 2017 ”Siri Hermansen’s video “Sorry” (2014) draws upon King Harald’s official apology to the Sami people at the opening of the Sami Parliament in 1997. Apologizing for wrongs inflicted by Norwegianization — a policy of forced assimilation that prohibited Sami languages and persisted through most of the 20th century — he explained that the Norwegian state is built on the territory of two national groups. Yet conflict persists between the indigenous peoples’ right to land and the interests of mining companies who pollute Sami land and waters — Norway is one of only four countries that allows the dumping of mining waste at sea”.

29.09.2017 14:10


Art critic: On I TASTE THE FUTURE / Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) 2017

BIBLIOGRAPHY Taste of Things to Come? By Agnieszka Gratza - 29.09.2017 - English / Scandinavian Kunstforum, Kritikk On I TASTE THE FUTURE / LIAF Lofoten International Art Festival 2017, curated by Heidi Ballet and Hanna Høgsberg ”Siri Hermansen’s informative documentary built around film footage from King Harald’s official apology (“for wrongs inflicted on the Sámi people by the Norwegian State through policies of hard Norwegianization”) made at the opening of the Sámi Parliament in 1997”,….

29.09.2017 12:49


Exhibition: LIAF Biennale 2017 / I Taste the Future

Curated by Curated by Heidi Ballet the film "Sorry" 2014 takes part in the LIAF Biennale 2017. The film takes a point of departure in the Norwegian Kings apology to the Sami population at the Samiparlament 6th of October 2017. It further explores the sami's inherited right to the land and sea. As part of the installation is also the Kings Speech where he courageously states that Norway is founded on the land of two people. The sami's and the Norwegians. The Kings apology speech is also part of the installation. The film Terra Nullius will be screened on the 16th of September 2017 in a separate program curated by Lofoten Film School.

25.09.2017 15:20












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