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A Kassen, Mats Adelman, Roger Andersson, Asmundur Asmundsson, Fia Backström, Maja Bajevic, Petra Bauer & Annette Krauss, Nina Beier & Marie Lund, Maja Borg, Liv Bugge, Libia Castro & Olafur Olafsson, Jacob Dahlgren, Ida Ekblad, Marte Eknaes, Andreas Eriksson, Jan Freuchen, Carl-Michael von Hausswolff, Hannaleena Heiska, Saskia Holmkvist, Karl Holmqvist, Lars Laumann & Benjamin Huseby, Klara Liden, Darri Lorenzen, Josefine Lyche, Eline McGeorge, Are Mokkelbost, Jani Ruscica, Marthe Thorshaug, Helgi Olarsson, Salla Tykkan, Gaeoudjiparl.
Torpedo Press 2009
Favoured Nations: Momentum 5th Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art
“What is one to do with the term which in one breath conjures images of saunas, designer clad children and a wood paneled trendy bar (which incidentally boasts a moose with sunglasses as a logo)? The research leading up to the Favored Nations exhibition emerged out of the inevitable discourse that every biennial is faced with – the negotiation between the local and the global and questions around belonging, identity and outward representation. Would our resources be put to best use by creating a global platform and by making Momentum an internationally biennial, or would it be wiser to focus our energies on more of a local exhibition including perhaps just the Nordic countries?Whilst the Nordic ‘brand’ as embodied in the passage above may not be a vision that is of much interest to artists ‘on ground’, it seemed unavoidable in the context of Momentum – historocally a Nordic biennial. Besides, with the most prominent cultural export in the visual arts context being the Venice Biennial, which has historically seen a strong message of a unified Nordic identity, as curators our first job was clearly going to be to engage with the problematic issue of Nordic identity (or the lack of it).”-
Curators statement, Lina Džuverovic and Stina Högkvist