Museum of Cultural History, Frederiks Gate 2, 0164 Oslo, 08/01/21 - 08/01/21

Exhibition | Group Show | The Sea is History

The Sea is History features work by contemporary artists who address issues of migration and displacement from both a historical and contemporary perspective. The exhibition title is inspired by the seminal poem by the St. Lucian Nobel-laureate poet Derek Walcott. The reference serves to emphasize the poetic undercurrent of the exhibition, while also highlighting the relevance of great Caribbean thinkers such as Derek Walcott, Stuart Hall, and Édouard Glissant within a wider geographical and theoretical context. At a time when forced migration is affecting the lives of an ever-increasing number of individuals worldwide, the question is how contemporary artists can address the topic of displacement in ways that contribute to increased awareness, tolerance, and understanding. Through a combination of site-specific works, installations, videos, works on paper, and performance, the exhibition conveys a nuanced picture of migration.

Participating artists include: John Akomfrah, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Andrea Chung, Christopher Cozier, Manthia Diawara, Isaac Julien, Naiza Khan, Hew Locke, Nyugen E. Smith, Cosmo Whyte.

The exhibition is Curated by Selene Wendt. With generous support from Fritt Ord, Goethe-Institut and The Norwegian Cultural Council.

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