We Are Living on a Star
We Are Living on a Star takes its title from a tapestry by Hannah Ryggen that hung in the government building known as “the High-rise” until July 22, 2011. The explosion that took place that day left the tapestry with a gash in the lower portion. Like a wound that has healed, this tear is barely visible now after meticulous reconstruction, although a slight scar remains, a testament to what can be described as a brutal rent in the fabric of our society. In a short span of time we experienced the events of July 22 transforming normality as we knew it and, consequently, the predictable as well. The normal was no longer familiar, and the abnormal was no longer associated with the foreign. The artists and writers participating in We Are Living on a Star contend with a range of issues relating to history, contemporaneity, normality, and expression. The result is an open and inquiring look at our own time.
Artists and contributors:
Burak Arıkan, Doug Ashford, Julian Blaue, Martin Braathen, Boris Buden, Ekaterina Degot, Marius Engh, Marthe Ramm Fortun, Hanne Friis, Else Marie Hagen, Silje Linge Haaland, Thomas Keenan, Per-Oskar Leu, Lotte Konow Lund, Jumana Manna, Eline McGeorge, Marit Paasche, Eva Rothschild, Hannah Ryggen, Renata Salecl, Ahlam Shibli, Superunion Architects, Javier Téllez, Even Smith Wergeland.
Ed. Tone Hansen & Marti Paasche