Anniversary Publication Launch Party

+ Performance with Holly Pester


Kunsthall Stavanger invites you to the launch party for the anniversary publication "Facts, Stories and Anecdotes - Stavanger Kunstforening 150 Years".

The publication works as a conceptual gateway to the history of the art association. We have invited contributors with different backgrounds, with and without prior knowledge of the art association. This way the approach is one where the art association is viewed in a new light, both from within and from the outside. Holly Pester writes, in anecdotal phrases, about the fragmentary history of the art association. Victoria Bugge Øye follows the art association’s development through an often debated feature: its building. What sort of understanding can be achieved of an institution by looking at it through the lense of its physical habitat? Jørund Aase

Falkenberg explores the question of ownership. The association is still faced with a lot of opinions and beliefs as to how and what its practices should be, but what inspires this engagement, and what does ownership mean to a member association? Hanne Mugaas writes about the exhibition’s contemporary art section, which she has curated together with Maya Økland, and the different artists’ take on history writing and archival work. Lastly, the archive exhibition is presented in a text by Kristina Ketola Bore, who, together with Asbjørn René Josdal, has curated the historical part of the exhibition.

In addition to the launch party itself, Holly Pester will do a performance over Skype. Holly Pester is a poet and practice-based researcher, and Lecturer in Poetry and Performance at University of Essex. Her poetry is published in anthologies such as Out of Everywhere 2 (Reality Street, 2015) and Dear World & Everyone In It (Bloodaxe, 2013). She has performed at Serpentine Galleries, Whitechapel Gallery, and at international venues for Documenta 13 and Fiac 2015. Her collection, Go to reception and ask for Sara in red felt tip, features poetry, prose and gossip as forms of archive enquiry and was published by Book Works, 2015.


This event is part of our event series in conjunction with the exhibition Facts, Stories and Anecdotes - Stavanger Kunstforening 150 år.

December 12, 2015


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