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BEND IT

09.06. – 26.06.2022

Sara Korshøj Christensen, A K Dolven, Sunil Gupta, Ann-Elise Pettersen Hyndøy, Louisa Minkin, ALBUM (Elise Storsveen & Eline Mugaas), SASUSU Radio, Marin Håskjold, Niels Munk Plum, Anette Gellein, Herman Breda Enkerud and Una Mathiesen Gjerde.

BEND IT is a celebration of queer art in the form of exhibition and concerts that encompass visual art, performance and music. By queer art we mean art that challenges norms related to gender, sexuality and identity. Often this art can include perspectives that have been overlooked and marginalized.

By contrasting recent queer art with queer art from the past, BEND IT shows how artists of different backgrounds have contributed towards placing diversity and representation on the current agenda. Queer art and culture is a global phenomenon, and BEND IT includes contributions from artists from Norway and Europe as well as artists with connections to the global south. National and international perspectives collide in a dialogue that emphasises spontaneity, contradiction and coincidence. BEND IT is both a pop-up exhibition and a celebration, focused on openness, diversity and elastic expressions of gender and humor.

BEND IT is produced by Atelier Nord in collaboration with Grünerløkka Lufthavn / MIR and is curated by artist Kjetil Berge and Atelier Nord’s director Ida Lykken Ghosh.

The exhibitions part of Queer Culture Year and is supported by Fritt Ord and the Municipality of Oslo. Queer Culture Year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Norway.

The full program for BEND IT will be announced in May.