Presentasjon av kunstnerne Berivan Erdogan og Helen Karen Eriksen & Germain Ngoma.
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Norsk Folkeeventyr (Norwegian Folktale)
2014 Video 15min
I work with videos where I am keen to promote multiple perspectives of stereotypes and their role in different cultural contexts. By going into roles, I question our perception of stereotypes in terms of emotional and political belonging, cultural patterns and traditions.
My approach involves seeing topics that I relate to from several perspectives. These are topics that touch upon my own insecurities, observations and identity as a second-generation female immigrant. I use impulsiveness and spontaneity as tools, where I exaggerate and dramatize the costumes, expressions and storyline.
In Norwegian Folktale, I am interested in merging multiple stories in to one narrative. I find it interesting to explore on what levels the feelings of loneli- ness, fear and the sense of belonging meet in the life of an elderly Norwegian man living in a suburban, multicultural part of Oslo, while reflecting on his immigrant neighbours personal experiences. As this story is based on several aspects of multiculturalism, Norwegian Folktale highlights the complexities that are involved when belonging, culture, and identity intersect.
Helen Karen Eriksen & Germain Ngoma
2014 Photo, wood, cardboard and found objects
We are both foreigners in Norway, living in Oslo, and in many ways this work reflects our own experience, as well as those of the participants. We used packing crates emptiness to describe feelings of transition and longing – globalisation and urbanisation have a cost; the price we seem to be paying is the struggle to acknowledge transition as a major feature in any city and the individuals who live in it.
We held a series of workshops and discussion sessions with a class of teen- age refugees who were busy learning Norwegian. The discussions were focused on defining the concept of ’Transit’. The well documented work- shops were then the starting point for installations to burst out of our own individual practices through experimenting with form and content. We engaged in sculptural playtime – the time that brings new forms and ideas forward and the results are here.