Kunsthall Stavanger is proud to present Ode to a Dishrag, Hymn to a Tiger, a traveling group exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the organization of Norwegian Textile Artists (NTK).
Ode to a Dishrag, Hymn to a Tiger takes it title from the eponymous work by Gunvor Nervold Antonsen. The extensive survey exhibition includes artwork by both emerging and well-established artists, and is a testament to the versatility of the medium and its ability to address issues ranging from major social, political, or environmental concerns to more intimate, quotidian life experiences. Ode to a Dishrag, Hymn to a Tiger brings together historical works and newly commissioned artworks created on-site.
The participating artists include: Nora Adwan, Gunvor Nervold Antonsen, Admir Batlak, Ask Bjørlo, Sissel Blystad, Ingrid Bodøgaard, Margrethe Kolstad Brekke, Tobias Alexander Danielsson, Line Solberg Dolmen, Kari Dyrdal, Brit Fuglevaag, Birgit Hagen, Ann Cathrin November Høibo, Else Marie Jakobsen, Gro Jessen, Nora Joung, Ingeborg Kvame, Ellen Lenvik, Gitte Magnus, Eline McGeorge, Pernille Meidell, Elin Melberg, Aurora Passero, Tove Pedersen, Hans Hamid Rasmussen, Hannah Ryggen, Ingunn Skogholt, Kari Steihaug, Camilla Steinum, Unn Sønju, Løvaas & Wagle, Carin Wessel/Birgit Wessel.
The exhibition is accompanied by the publication Ode to a Dishrag, Hymn to a Tiger. Norwegian textile artists 1977-2017 that focuses on the history of textiles in Norway, highlights the Norwegian Textile Artists’ (NTK) professional policy struggle, traces the medium’s development, and investigates what place textile as method, material and tradition has in today’s art world. Contributors to the publication include Marte Danielsen Jølbo, Anne Karin Jortveit, Runa Boger, Toril Moi, Sissel Ree Schjønsby and Lotte Konow Lund.
The exhibition is curated by Kirsti Willemse, John K. Raustein, Bente Sætrang, and Wenche Volle, in collaboration with Kunsthall Stavanger.
The original exhibition was on view at Kunstnerforbundet from March 24 - April 30, 2017, and will travel to Stavanger in January of 2018.
Kunsthall Stavanger would like to thank the curators and NTK for their support.