Anna Ådahl



LIAF opening 28 August 2015

We are pleased to announce the core concept and venues of the 2015 edition of LIAF.
Disappearing Acts
Titled Disappearing Acts, LIAF 2015 will take its thematic basis on ideas of human agency disappearing through the processes of history, ecology, and technology. This approach is informed by the context of the Lofoten Islands, with its precarious economic-environmental dependency, its highly marketable "screensaver" scenery, and its cultural legacy of self-sufficiency and retreat from the antagonism of the urbanised world. Organised as a large-scale group exhibition, Disappearing Acts will feature 25–30 international artists, with many works commissioned especially for LIAF 2015. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a full public programme and publication. A complete artist list will be released during the opening days of the Venice Biennale, in May 2015. For further information and updates, please contact
The "Jern & Bygg" premises in Svolvær serves as the main venue for LIAF 2015. Jern & Bygg was a family-owned hardware store and furniture outlet that operated continuously from 1948 to 2010. The business developed through the decades and new sections were repeatedly added to the original building. When it closed in 2010, it had expanded to a scale of 3,500 square meters across several floors. The history of the premises runs parallel to the post-war history of Norway and Lofoten, from the expansive rebuilding after WWII, the rise of Social Democracy, the re-creation of Norway as a petro-state in the '70s, the discontinuation of industrial production, monopolization of the fishing industry and subsequently the gentrification and touristification of the new millennium. The building is now the last example of pragmatic waterfront architecture in Svolvær. After LIAF 2015, the building will be demolished.
Sam Basu (b.1967 in London, UK, lives and works in Treignac, France) is the Director of Treignac Projet, an exhibition and workshop project established in 2007 together with Liz Murray. Sam Basu works predominantly with sculptural installation and architectural-research projects, with a particular interest in the relationship between esoteric and activist approaches to counter-culturalism. He often works in collaboration with other artists, including Shahin Afrassiabi, Francis Upritchard, and Matt Bryans. Basu's work has been presented at Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland; Camden Arts Centre, London; and Laing Gallery, Newcastle, UK.
Sissel Blystad (b.1944 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Bergen, Norway) is an artist primarily working with textile. Her works often consist of strong colors and optical illusions,. Blystad aims at creating space, which has been a theme throughout her ouvre. She has exhibited at Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen, Norway (2014); Tidens Krav, Oslo (2014); Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, UK (2014); The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Oslo (2012); Visningsrommet USF, Bergen (2011, 2001); and HV Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden (2003).
Anna Ådahl (b.1973 in Stockholm, Sweden, lives and works in Stockholm and London, UK) studied at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts de Paris, France. Her works spans performance, film and installation. Ådahl’s work has been presented at Taiga Space, St. Petersburg, Russia (2014); Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm (2013); WELD, Stockholm (2013); FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France (2013); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2012); Centrum för Fotografi, Stockholm (2009); and Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennal, Niigata-Ken, Japan (2006).
Eva La Cour (b.1982 , lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark) not only has a background in visual arts, but also in media and visual anthropology. Her work reflect on the relationship between image-making and the composition of urban and natural space. Her artistic practice is often based on a conceptual appropriation of mediating processes and maneuvers in culture. La Cour’s work has been presented at Kunsthal Nikolaj, Copenhagen (2015); Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway (2014); Inter Arts Center, Malmö, Sweden (2014,2012); Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Belgium (2013); The Vejen Art Museum, Vejen, Denmark (2013); W-O-L-K-E, Brussels (2013); Makiza’Art, Nantes, France (2013).
Kristian Poulsen (b. 1981, lives and works in Copenhagen) is an experimental guitarist and visual artist. He holds a degree from The Jutland Art Academy, Aarhus, Denmark, and is a member of the groups Spost, KPTTM and HPM. His influences include John Fahey, Derek Bailey and Glenn Branca, as well as no wave and minimalist music. His latest solo show at Years, Copenhagen (2015), ‘Remarks on the History of Things’ dealt with the construction of meaning in relation to punk record sleeves.
Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh (lives and works in Derry, UK and London, UK) holds a MFA from Goldsmiths College, His works has been exhibited at The Tetley, Leeds, UK (2014); Platform Arts, Belfast, UK (2014); Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2013); Banner Repeater, London (2013); V22 London (2012).
Jason Dodge (b.1969 in Newton, PA, USA, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) holds an MFA from Yale University. Dodge´s work often includes everyday objects that are carriers of stories, creating a poetic conceptualism that invites the viewer to be a co-author of the work. He has exhibited at Centre d’édition Contemporaine, Geneva (2015); Galleria Franco, Torino, Italy (2014); Casey Kaplan, New York, NY, USA (2014); Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2014); LENTOS Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria (2013); 12th Biennale de Lyon, France (2013); Astrup Fearnly Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway (2011); Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2011).
Benedict Drew (b.1977, lives and works in Whitstable, UK and Margate, UK) graduated from the Slade School of Art in 2011. He has on several occasions collaborated with artists and musicians, such as Otomo Yoshihide, Emily Richardson, Nathan Budzinski & Auto Italia. Drew was the lead-artist for Chisenhale Gallery’s Propeller Project in 2012, and a LUX Associate Artist from 2011–12. In 2012 he was shortlisted for the Jarman award. Drew has presented his work at Tate Modern, London, UK; Yamaguchi Centre for Art, Yamaguchi, Japan; Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Kill Your Timid Notion, Dundee, UK; ICA, London; Performa 09, New York, NY, USA; and The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada.
Fabien Giraud (b.1980, lives and works in Paris, France) and Raphaël Siboni (b.1981, lives and works in Paris) have worked together since 2007, after collaborating on a project at Le Fresnoy. Their work includes documentary films, which aims to question the contemporary communities and modes of labor. Giraud and Siboni’s work has been presented at Casino Luxembourg - Forum d’art Contemporain, Luxembourg (2014); Centre d'art contemporain de l'île de Vassivière, Limousin, France (2014); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2010); Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2010); Centro de Cultura Antihuo Instituto, Gijön, Spain (2009); and La Biennale de Lyon, France (2007).
Tue Greenfort (b.1973 in Holbæk, Denmark, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) studied at Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and at Funen Art Academy in Odense, Denmark. He has an interdisciplinary practice, dealing with issues such as the public and private realm, nature and culture. With a fascination of the dynamics in the natural world, Greenfort’s work frequently evolves around ecology and its history, including the environment, social relations, and human subjectivity. In 2012 he served as a co-curator of an archive on multi-species co-evolution at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany. Greenfort’s work has been exhibited at Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (2012); South London Gallery, London, UK (2011); Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2009); Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (2008); Secession, Vienna, Austria (2007); and Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2006).
Roderick Hietbrink (b.1975 in Gorssel, the Netherlands, lives and works in Oslo, Norway and Amsterdam, the Netherlands) holds a MFA from Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. Hietbrink's work span video installation, film, performance, objects and photography, investigating aspects of the psychology and inherent conflicts between the rational and instinctive self. His work has been exhibited at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; De Appel, Amsterdam; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Artspace Visual Art Centre, Sydney, Australia; and the 5th Moscow Biennale, Russia.
Carl Johan Högberg (b.1979 in Eskilstuna, Sweden, lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands) studied at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. His work includes juxtapositions of diverse expressions, aiming at combining images that have not been coupled before. Högberg has an interest in media archaeology and the specific characteristics of the mediums dealt with, making up the basis of the selection of images used. His work has been presented at Christian Larsen Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (2013); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2013); Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands (2012); Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam (2012); BIS71 ruimte voor kunst, Geleen, the Netherlands (2011); and Bonniers Konsthall; Stockholm (2010).
Hedwig Houben (b.1983 in Boxtel, the Netherlands, lives and works in Brussels, Belgium) studied at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts Flanders, Ghent, Brussels and Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany. Houben’s works are often lecture based performances, exploring the nature of objects and their relation to their makers. The dialogue between the object and its maker often happens as a process of making, transforming the object. Her works has been presented at Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture, Kyoto, Japan (2015); Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2014); The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway (2014); Konstnärshuset, Stockholm, Sweden (2014); and The Museum of Modern Art Antwerp, Belgium (2014).
Steinar Haga Kristensen (b.1980 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo) studied at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna and at Sydney College of Art. Haga Kristensen’s work seeks to unveil the positive lingual potentiality inherent in the exuberant modernity. He often stages theatricalised spectatorship and mannerist sculptural repetition. He is one of the founding members of the artist group D.O.R. Haga Kristensen has presented his work at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels; Etablissement d'en face projects, Brussels; Kunsthall Oslo; Gallery Rod Bianco, Oslo; The Danish Pavilion at the 54th International Art Biennial in Venice; Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Dortmund Bodega, Oslo; Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm, Sweden; Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark and Young Artists’ Society (UKS), Oslo; and Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway.
Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen (b.1982 in Helsinki, Finland, lives and works in Helsinki and Skövde, Sweden) graduated from the Malmö Art Academy in 2011. Laakkonen has a multifaceted working method, seeking to reveal attempts at understanding existence as such and one of attachment. These methods include diverse phases of development that can run over longer periods of time. They may involve repetitive everyday actions as well as the making of handcrafts, such as sewing, weaving and knitting. Laakkonen has exhibited his work at The /// Project, Bergen, Norway (2014); Museum of Modern Art Antwerp, Belgium (2014); Malonioji 6, Vilnius, Lithuania, (2012); Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö (2011); and Pleasant Gallery, Copenhagen (2012).
Dennis McNulty (b.1970 in Ballinasloe, Ireland, lives and works in Dublin, Ireland and Berlin, Germany) studied Music and Media Technologies at Trinity College in Dublin. Informed by his studies in psychoacoustics, McNulty’s work is produced through investigations of embodied knowledge in relation to other forms of knowledge, often in contexts of constructed environments. His works are often presented in hybrid forms, drawing on aspects of film, sculpture, sound and performance. McNulty has exhibited at Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland (2014); White Box, New York, NY, USA (2012); The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, USA (2012); Performa 11, New York (2011); The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2011); FormContent, London, UK (2010); and the São Paolo Biennale (2004).
Mercedes Mühleisen (b.1983 in Austria, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) is one of the co-founders of the artist-run space Tidens Krav in Oslo. Mühleisen graduated frm the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2010. Her work consists of installations, sculpture, video and performance, Mühleisen’s work has been exhibited at Blok, Bergen, Norway (2014); The Turku Biennale, Turku, Finland (2013); Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden (2013); Kunstschlager, Reykjavik, Iceland (2013); Gallery F15, Moss Norway (2011); and Young Artists’ Society (UKS), Oslo (2009).
Isabel Nolan (b.1974 in Dublin, Ireland) studied at the Institute of Art, Design & Technology Dun Laoghaire, the University College of Dublin and the National College of Art & Design in Dublin. Her work has been presented at Musée d’art moderne de Saint-Étienne, France (2012); the Return Gallery, Goethe Institute, Dublin (2012–13); the Model, Sligo, Ireland (2011); Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand (2008); de Appel, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2007); 51st International Art Biennale in Venice, Italy (2005); and The Museum of Modern Art Ireland, Dublin (2004, 2002).
Katja Novitskova (b.1984 in Tallin, Estonia, lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands) studied at the Sandberg Instituut and the University of Lübeck. Her work has been shown at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidle, Berlin, Germany (2014); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, the Republic of China (2014); Grieder Gallery, Zürich, Germany (2014); Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (2013); 5th Moscow Biennale, Russia (2013); Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2013); Appendix Project Space, Portland, OR, USA (2012); and Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania, Italy (2012).
Emilie Pitoiset (b.1980 in Noisy Le Grand, France, lives and works in Paris, France) studied at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Her work has been presented at KLEMM’s Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2014); Musée de la chasse, Paris (2014); Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2014); The Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Car drde, Bologna, Italy (2014); and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013).
Elizabeth Price (b.1966 in Bradford, UK, lives and works in London, UK) holds a MFA from the Royal College of Art London. Her videos intertwine images, sound and text; taken from different genres, such as advertising, music videos, graphics and historical films. In 2012 she received the Turner Prize for her video installation THE WOOLWORTHS CHOIR OF 1979. Her work has been presented at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014); Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Belgium (2014); Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Canada (2013); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2013); Contemporary Art Society, London (2013); Tate Britain, London (2012); Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielfeld, Germany (2012); Bloomberg Space, London (2012); New Museum, New York, NY, USA (2011); and Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK (2011).
John Russell (b.1963, lives and works in London, UK) studied History of Art at Goldsmith’s College of Art and fine art at Slade School of Art and Saint Martin’s School of Art. He was a co-founder of the artists’ group BANK, of which he was a member for ten years participating in over fifty exhibitions and events, as well as several publications. Since leaving BANK in January 2000, Russell has worked both independently and collaboratively in producing exhibitions, publications as artworks and curatorial projects. His work has been shown at Treignac Project, Treignac, France (2013); Allegra La Viola Gallery, New York, NY, USA (2013); The New Art Gallery Walsall, UK (2013); ICA, London (2011); Focal Point Gallery, Southend, UK (2011); The Grey Area, Brighton, UK (2011); Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria (2011); Tate Britain, London (2010); and Tate St Ives, Cornwall, UK (2009).
Jon Benjamin Tallerås (b. 1984 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo) graduated from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2011. His work spans different media, including photography, video, sculpture, performance, text and installation. Tallerås investigates urban space, exploring hidden and often non-used areas of the city. His sculptures are often made out of found materials. Tallerås is one of the co-founders and curators of the project space One Night Only. He has exhibited his work at Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm, Norway (2014); Kunsthall Oslo (2014); Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo (2013); Gallery BOA, Oslo (2013); and NoPlace, Oslo (2011).