In this lecture, curator, writer and art critic Johanne Nordby Wernø shares her experience and knowledge when it comes to writing about art. The lecture series is for everyone who seeks to immerse themselves in art and express themselves through text.
"How to write about art?" is a series of free, digital lectures in which five experienced art critics share their knowledge. Lectures are published every Tuesday at 16:00 and open to everyone.
About the speaker
Johanne Nordby Wernø (b. 1980) is a curator, writer and critic. In 2019 she started St. Hans, Norway's first communications agency for the visual arts field, which is currently working with Kunsthall Trondheim, Einar Granum Art School, Norwegian Crafts, Norsk Kulturråd, Fotogalleriet and the posters project Pauseromsplakater.
For over twenty years, Nordby Wernø has been writing in Norwegian and international daily and professional press, both as a journalist and a critic. Among others, her texts have been published in Morgenbladet, Dagbladet, Vinduet, Billedkunst, Kunstkritikk, Klassekampen, Dagens Næringsliv/D2, Natt & Dag, Artforum (USA), Even Magazine (USA) and ArtReview (UK). From 2013 to 2016, she was general manager and curator of the Young Artists' Society (UKS). She has also freelanced as a curator, guest teacher, editor, lecturer and debate moderator, has been a temporary cultural attaché for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New York, and has held editorial positions in the Nordic art magazine Kunstkritikk. She is a board member of Praksis Oslo and is a member of the expert group for the Nordic Culture Point Mobility Program.
After a BA in aesthetic theory at the University of Oslo (2006), she received her MFA in criticism and curation at Konstfack in Stockholm (2009).
About the lecture series
The lecture series "How to write about art?" is published every Tuesday at 4 pm as a standalone offering and in parallel with the writing course "How to write about art?".
The lectures are available on our website until 24th November.
- Tuesday, October 13: Grace Tabea Tenga
Writer, critic and danser who writes for Scenekunst, the Norwegian Shakespeare magazine, Ballade.no, Subjekt.no from a post-colonial and feminist viewpoint.
- Tuesday, October 20: Andreas Breivik
Writer and critic for Kunstkritikk.no runs the magazine We Look at Art.
- Tuesday, October 27: Johanne Nordby Wernø
Writer, critic and curator, as well as former head of UKS.
- Tuesday, November 3: Tommy Olsson
Artist, writer, curator and art critic who writes regularly for Klassekampen.
- Tuesday, November 10: Inger Wold Lund
Artist, writer and critic for, among others, Kunstkritikk.no. Her last book Erotika was published at Cappelen Damm.