Sverre Gullesen - PORTAL

Performative flag ceremony

Norwegian artist Sverre Gullesen presents the project entitled PORTAL on the four flag poles located at the front of Kunstnernes Hus. The flags are a sculptural cluster of textile. On the flag ceremony on Saturday, August 22nd, Gullesen will hold a performative speech about the portal between facade and content, between the modern and what we call a home. The speech will also include a performance by two professional pole dancers, Norwegian champion Jorge Lera and Ida Koppang, with whom Gullesen will lift the flags on the poles.

Gullesens prosjekt PORTAL består av en skulpturell klynge av tekstil som vil heises i husets fire flaggstenger foran inngangspartiet på Kunstnernes Hus. Flaggene vil bli hengene foran huset ut jubileumsåret.

Etter seremonien inviterer vi til Kunstner viser kunstner i vår jubileumsutstilling The Onset of Vertigo med Fadlabi. Her vil kunstneren Ahmed Umar presentere utstillingen fra sitt personlige og kunstneriske ståsted, med Fadlabi til stede. Etterpå vil de to kunstnerne spille sudanesisk musikk i foajeen.

About the artist

Sverre Gullesen (b. 1980, Mo i Rana) is an artist who received his education at the Art Academy of Oslo and the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre in Brussels. He has previously worked with performance and social choreography, but since 2015 his work has primarily consisted of concrete reliefs and textile sculptures. He was the board director of Kunstnernes Hus and UKS, and is part of the board of OCA and Akershus Kunstsenter. Between 2006 and 2015, his collaboration with artists Steinar Haga Kristensen and Kristian Øverland Dahl established the art group D.O.R. and Gallery D.O.R. in Brussels. Selected exhibitions include Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; The Armory Show, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde; Akershus Kunstnersenter; Kristiansand Kunsthall; 222T, Oslo and NoPlace, Oslo. He currently works on projects to Kunstnernes Hus, Sandefjord kunstforening and Kunstnerforbundet.