LOFOTEN INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL 2017
1 SEPTEMBER – 1 OCTOBER 2017
OPENING WEEKEND: 1 - 3 SEPTEMBER
LIAF (Lofoten International Art Festival) is a migratory biennial in the archipelago of Lofoten in the Arctic Circle and Norway’s longest running visual arts biennial, originating in 1991. Organised by the North Norwegian Art Centre, this year the festival will take place in Henningsvær, a small village of 460 inhabitants and historically a central part of the Lofoten seasonal cod fishery; Norway's largest and oldest. LIAF 2017 will be spread across three venues and includes a month long public programme, speculating around the near and distant future of Lofoten. The opening weekend of 1 - 3 September will include a programme of performances, screenings and artist talks. A public opening at Trevarefabrikken in Henningsvær also takes place at 6pm on September 1, 2017. LIAF 2017 is curated by Heidi Ballet and Milena Hoegsberg
Heidi Ballet is an independent curator based in Berlin and Brussels. She is currently curating the 2018 Beaufort Triennial in Ostend, Belgium. In 2016 she curated the Satellite exhibition series Our Ocean, Your Horizon co-produced by Jeu de Paume Paris and CAPC Bordeaux with artists Edgardo Aragon, Guan Xiao, Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin and Basim Magdy, and the group exhibition The Morality Reflex at Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius. Earlier she curated Brussels Cologne Contemporaries at Lempertz Brussels (2015) and Let the Body be Electric, Let there be Whistleblowers (co-curated with Anselm Franke) at Dan Gunn Gallery Berlin (2014).
Between 2013 and 2015 she worked as a research curator for the exhibition After Year Zero that was presented at Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin and the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art, and in 2012 she worked as assistant curator for the 2012 Taipei Biennial Modern Monsters.
Milena Hoegsberg is Senior Curator at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK), Oslo, where she was Head of the Curatorial Department and Chief Curator between August 2011 and March 2016. She recently co-curated the group exhibition Myths of the Marble with Alex Klein (co-organized by HOK and ICA, Philadelphia), which considers how the "virtual" has been engaged by a varied group of contemporary artists as a way to image and imagine the world. The group exhibition will be accompanied by a critical reader, published by Sternberg Press (June 2017). She's curated solo projects with works by Torbjørn Rødland, Lea Porsager, Pia Rönicke, Ann Cathrin, November Høibo and Omer Fast, and the group exhibition Arbeidstid, accompanied by the publication Living Labor (2013). Hoegsberg has edited publications such as Josef Albers: No tricks no twinkling of the eyes (2014), Bauhaus in Norwegian (2014) and Shaped by Time (2012). At HOK, she initiated the three-year exhibition archive project A Pendaflex for the Future, a curatorial residency with the aim to produce writing on historical exhibitions and new curatorial knowledge.
Credit for photo: Heidi Ballet (left) and Milena Hoegsberg (right). Photo: Jan Zappner