Performance art on a Grønland tour
Munchmuseet on the Move is delighted to present TROLLKREM IMPORT, a performance programme in five parts, conceived by Trollkrem. The five evenings will take place along Oslo’s Grønland neighbourhood. Unusual venues and a variety of acclaimed artists create a unique and unmissable tour of performance art in Oslo’s east end.
Identity politics is a minefield, and the artist duo Trollkrem believe that Oslo’s Grønland neighbourhood is a thriving example of a place where people from different cultures and diverse backgrounds live side by side. With TROLLKREM IMPORT, they tread fearlessly into potentially explosive ground, inviting audiences to engage with the neighbourhood in new ways. Through five eclectic evenings at different venues, spread over time, Grønland’s disparate social spaces are reimagined and temporarily repurposed.
– TROLLKREM IMPORT enables Munchmuseet on the Move to take another step into the Munch Museum’s neighbourhood. Showing performance art at these non-art venues along the main street running though Grønland is new territory for a museum, says curator at the Munch Museum, Natalie Hope O'Donnell.
The performances are free and open to all. The programme Trollkrem have devised seeks to engage audiences on the area’s own terms. The different artists they have invited draw on the venues’ own idiosyncrasies as a backdrop for their blend of dance, design, poetry and performance art. Perhaps they will encounter new audiences among inhabitants and visitors to Grønland?
Over the five nights, the various artists taking part in TROLLKREM IMPORT adopt different approaches transforming the empty central space in the Grønland Basar into a thriving stage for a range of artistic expression. On the first floor of Ivar’s Kro, a unique talk show with internationally acclaimed performance artists offer guests and denizens of the bar a gender-bending evening hosted by Trollkrem’s Tor Erik Bøe. Grønlands Park/Botsparken is the neighbourhood’s green area, situated outside the walls of the Oslo Prison, accommodating children’s play areas, picnickers and sunbathers along the penitentiary walls. The Oslo Pride Parade departs from Grønland, and celebrates a diverse queer community through dance, music and exhibitionism. In a time when extreme right-wing groups are mobilising against anything that challenges heteronormative traditions, Trollkrem use the parade float as a platform to display resistance, reclaiming these groups’ appropriation of a Viking aesthetic. In the fifth and final evening, Trollkrem take over Cafeteatret, where the performance tour culminates in a celebration of Harvest Festival – with a twist.
Grønland Basar, 14 March
Stine Omar & Ihra Lill
Ivars Kro, 11 April
Grønlands park/Botsparken, 23 May
Oslo Pride, 30 June
Pride Parade float
Cafeteatret, 3 October
Trollkrem Harvest Festival
All the events start at 20.00, apart from Oslo Pride.
Please refer to the Munch Museum’s Facebook page for updates.
Trollkrem is an artist duo comprised of Jennie Hagevik Bringaker (1978) and Tor Erik Bøe (1984). They represent one of the most exciting and innovative developments on the Norwegian performance art scene in recent years. For TROLLKREM IMPORT they have invited a variety of Norwegian and international performance artists with diverse backgrounds and artistic expressions, who find resonance in the complex social space that Oslo’s Grønland area represents. Each of the five evenings offers unique, boundary-breaking and entertaining performances that allow you to get to know the neighbourhood in new and unusual ways.
Idea and concept: Trollkrem
Artistic director: Tor Erik Bøe
Producer: Benedicte Bølling
Music: Dahir Doni
Lighting: Kimarius Abrahamsen
Sound: Christian Obermayer
Curator of Munchmuseet on the Move: Natalie Hope O’Donnell