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Two Mingming by Shi Tou

Time by Bente Sommerfeldt-Colberg

Lull in video room by Berni Searle



An Exhibition Trilogy

Kunstplass is proud to present the following artists Shi Tou (China), Berni Searle (South Africa), Heidi Kilpeläinen (Finland), Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner (Marshall Islands), Aka Niviâna (Greenland), Dan Lin (Hawaii), from Norway Maria Sundby, Bente Sommerfeldt-Colberg, Vanna Bowles, Unn Sønju and a curated outside video program by HÆRK.

The French saying "QUI VIVE!" can be translated directly into “Whose side do you support?”. Today the proverb has evolved to have a broader meaning "To observe attentively, to look for the problems, solutions or opportunities". In this exhibition trilogy we have invited artists from around the world and the audience to be especially vigilant, keep an eye on what is happening to our planet and point to alternative directions and solutions, and hence the exclamation mark instead of a question mark.

The exhibition concept is based on the fact that we must wake up, and jointly address global issues that affect each of us, across national borders, such as the climate crisis.

There are obvious inter-linkages between sustainable development, environmental issues and the climate crisis globally. Kunstplass places special emphasis on the UN's sustainability goals: gender equality (goal 5), responsible consumption and production (goal 12), stop climate change (goal 13), peace and justice (goal 16) and of course cooperation goal17).

Kunstplass is for the second year in a row collaborating with Oslo World Music Festival 29 October to 3 November. The two internationally renowned artists Shi Tou (China) and Berni Searle (South Africa) are this year's Oslo World’s festival artists at Kunstplass. Shi Tou also exhibits a large satirical picture "Breathe" at Kulturhuset.

The artists who are invited to participate in this project are inspired by both political issues and human phenomena, such as 25 years of democracy in South Africa - a country still affected by xenophobia and segregation (Berni Searle), ecofeminism, LGBTI issues and the gender equality backlash in China (Shi Tou), over-consumption and litter in the Oslo Fjord (Maria Sundby ), anti-war sentiments (Unn Sønju), rage and discomfort (Heidi Kilpeläinen), beautiful dystopia (Vanna Bowles) and hope and uncertainty (Bente Sommefeldt-Colberg).

These feelings and themes can undoubtedly find their mirror image elsewhere on earth, because everything is connected.

In this project, we are particularly inspired by the poem "Rise: From One Island To Another" by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner from the Marshall Islands and Aka Niviâna from Greenland made into a film by Dan Lin from Hawaii. The message is simply put: there is not a "them" and "us", but a common "we". We are connected with the world and the world is connected to us.

The artists and Kunstplass are both impatient and sleepless, and carries with it a critique of power from the grasroots. We believe artists through their art can inspire and contribute with their creative strengths to positive changes.

PART I: 5 September to 5 October
Artists: Maria Sundby, Bente Sommerfeldt-Colberg, Vanna Bowles, Dan Lin, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna. Public video program outside curated by HÆRK.
Included Oslo Art Weekend 12- 15 September, Oslo Culture Night 13 September and HÆRK-event 28 September.

Part II: 10 October – 10 November
Artists: Shi Tou (China), Berni Searle (South Africa) and Bente Sommerfeldt-Colberg (Norway).
Including Oslo World and live program 29 October - 3 November

PART III: 21 November – 15 November
Artists: Unn Sønju, Heidi Kilpeläinen, + HÆRK video program outside and event inside 28 November

QUI VIVE! is supported by: Kulturrådet, Kulturetaten and Stiftelsen Fritt Ord.



Spooky tree custums and Scenario by Vanna Bowles to the left and The Alter 1904-1948 (Rest in Pieces) by Maria Sundby to the right.

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