Ane Graff & Stefanie Hessler

OSL series

As part of OAW, OSL contemporary is delighted to present a conversation between Ane Graff and curator Stefanie Hessler at the gallery Saturday 12 September at 16.00.

The film can be found below text. More information and images of the exhibition can be found here

In this conversation, Ane Graff and curator and director of Kunsthall Trondheim, Stefanie Hessler, will discuss their respective approaches of working artistically and curatorially with feminist materialism, transdisciplinary approaches at the intersection of art and science, and the context of the current climate and health crises for artistic work.

Stefanie Hessler is a curator, writer, and editor. Her work focuses on interdisciplinary systems, from an intersectional feminist perspective, with an emphasis on the ocean and other ecologies, as well as on expanded definitions of life and non-life, nonhumans, and technology. Hessler is the director of Kunsthall Trondheim in Norway. Between 2020–22 Hessler is visiting research scholar at Westminster University in London. She is curator of the 17th Momenta Biennale titled “Sensing Nature” in Montreal (upcoming September 2021). Recent curatorial projects include “Down to Earth” at the Gropius Bau in Berlin (2020); “Joan Jonas: Moving Off the Land II” at TBA21–Academy’s Ocean Space in Venice (2019) and the Museo Thyssen in Madrid (2020); the 6th Athens Biennale (2018); and the symposium “Practices of Attention” at the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo (2018). She has edited books like Tidalectics. Imagining an Oceanic Worldview through Art and Science, published by The MIT Press (2018). Her monographic book Prospecting Ocean was published by The MIT Press in 2019.

Ane Graff’s practice is informed by feminist new materialism – a re-thinking of our material reality, in which a process-oriented approach to matter plays an integral part. Her work traces lines between Western intellectual history and how ideas of human exceptionalism and dualism relate to the ecological disasters we face today. Recent shows include the exhibition “Weather Report – Forecasting Future”, shown at the Nordic Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale (curated by Piia Oksanen and Leevi Haapala, KIASMA) and Art Encounters Biennial 2019 (curated by Maria Lind & Anca Rujoiu). Upcoming exhibitions include the 2020 Liverpool Biennale (curated by Manuela Moscoso) and the Rhizome/ New Museum/ Stavanger Kunsthall collaboration 7x7. Previous exhibitions include “Soon Enough: Art in Action”, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2018): “Myths of the Marble”, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2017); the 11th Gwangju Biennale “The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?)”, Gwangju (2016); and ”Surround Audience -The New Museum Triennial 2015”, NY.

This OSL series is kindly supported by Kulturrådet

Photo of Ane Graff: Finnish National Gallery, Pirje Mykkänen. Photo of Stefanie Hessler: Brittany Nelson