EXHIBITION: 2. September til 29. October 2023 We have invited Twenty-six artists/groups to take part in this ambitious Nordic artist book exhibition, celebrating large and small scale books created as works of arts. The exhibition includes installations, performances, video works, unique editions, and entire collections, filling all 600m2 of the white cube gallery of Kristiansand Kunsthall and, in the same building, will spill over into the shelves of the public library on the three floors below. For the last 10 years Codex Polaris have been researching and creating platforms for Norwegian, and more recently, Nordic artists who challenge the format of the artist book, specifically focusing on the hand-made. With a special curators grant from the Norwegian Arts Council, Codex Polaris have spent two years putting together this exhibition, having visited artist studios, book fairs, and exhibitions in the Nordic countries to find established and emerging artists who push the boundaries of this genre. With the exhibition and associated seminar we hope to challenge the way the public and collecting institutions can handle, view, purchase and appreciate these often complicated and difficult to categorise and exhibit works of art.
Participating Artists and Artists groups from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden: ARKIR Book Arts Group (IS), Susanna Autio (FI), Crow Press (NO), Michal Czinege (SK/FI), Olle Essvik (SE), Carina Fihn (SE), Karin Hald (DK), Halden Bookworks (NO)*, Eeva-Liisa Isomaa (FI), Thomas Iversen (NO), Kurt Johannessen (NO), Sarah Jost (SE/NO), Kamilla Jørgensen (DK), Ane Thon Knutsen (NO), Margrethe Kühle (DK/NO), Hans RagnarMathisen (NO), Terje Nicolaisen (NO), Lina Nordenström (SE), Mágnus Pálsson (IS), Karen Pettersen (NO)*, Pist Protta (DK), Sandborg+Higgins (NO/UK), Kimmo Schroderus (FI), Marja-Leena Sillanpää (SE), Emilia Tanner (FI), Richard Årlin (SE).
*Residency artists in the Library: Karen Pettersen will be working in the library in September and Halden Bookworks (Radha Padhey and Johan Solberg) in October.
SEMINAR: Friday 1. September 2023 1-7 pm The seminar at Kristiansand folkebibliotek focused on the artist book and where it belongs, with artistic performances, talks from Nordic artist-run projects and a Norwegian panel conversation with representatives from institutional collections.
Participants Artistic performances: Kurt Johannessen (NO), Åse Eg Jørgensen (DK), Lina Nordenström (SE) Lecture: Forfatter og kunstkritiker / Author and Art Critic – Thomas Millroth (SE) Innslag fra / Input from: Bladr bokhandel og galleri, København / Rebecca Krasnik – www.bladr.dk Doverodde Book Art Center, Danmark / Mette Ambeck – www.doveroddebookarts2.blogspot.com Galleria Duetto, Helsinki / Hannele Nyman – www.galleriaduetto.fi Göteborgs universitetsbibliotek, Sverige / Mårten Bohman – www.gu.se Kristiansand folkebibliotek / Mirjam Kristensen – www.krsbib.no Nýlistasafnið (NYLO) Reykjavik / Odda Snorradóttir – www.nylo.is St. Hans kommunikasjon, Oslo / Bjarne Bare – www.sthansoslo.no Sølvberg bibliotek, Stavanger / Sesella Fossan Knutsvik – www.solvberget.bib.no Torpedo, Oslo / Elin Maria Olaussen og Karin Nygård – www.torpedobok.no Ystad konstmuseum, Sverige / Ellen Klintenberg – www.ystad.se Panel discussion: Introduction: Centre of Print Research, Bristol, UK / Sarah Bodman – www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk In conversation: Bibliotek for kunst, musikk og design, UiB, Bergen / Trond Søbstad – www.kmd.uib.no Kulturdirektoratet, Oslo / Inger Eri – www.kulturdirektoratet.no Nasjonalbiblioteket, Oslo / Arthur Tennøe – www.nb.no Nasjonalmuseets bibliotek, Oslo / Hildegunn Gullåsen / Solveig Tønseth Nasjonalmuseets kunstsamling, Oslo / Geir Harldseth – www.nasjonalmuseet.no
Opening Weekend: Saturday 2. and Sunday 3. September 2023 During the opening weekend 30 artists were present at the seminar and for the opening weekend, including guided tours at Kristiansand Kunsthall and Folkebibliotek.
Workshops and other programs: Kristiansand Kunsthall will be coordinating a program of workshops during the exhibition period. Imi Maufe collection of mini artist books can be found on the 2nd floor in the library.