Excerpt: OPEN OUT 2018: A SHORT REVIEW
As we are preparing for Open Out 2019, here is a photographic review of selected works and events that were featured at the 2018 edition of the Festival.
Open Out 2018 was a full week of artistic events: six exhibition venues with video works, photography, paintings, embroidery work and sound art; four performances including a guided tour of Tromsø, an ink painting, a ‘Feminist Poster Manufactory’ and a dance performance; a T-shirt workshop for the Festival volunteers and a self-defence workshop ; a two-day seminar and a conversation about trans* experience and trans* rights in Norway; as well as several other events in collaboration with artistic groups in Tromsø.
In total we had around 860 visitors, 20 featured artists from 10 different countries including 15 artists who were able to join us in Tromsø in person.
It was a great learning experience to create the Festival from scratch with the help of our amazing group of volunteers. We hope to bring more amazing queer artists to Tromsø next year for an expanded art experience in 2019!
Ecology of Fallen Leaves by Elly Stormer Vadseth (Video, 2017) in which the artist is nesting in a pile of hay, sheared grass and fallen leaves, explores the line between human and non-human nature, living and lifeless, vulnerability and the feeling of safety, both physical and emotional, and the feeling of wholeness with the Universe. The artist calls her video performance “queer rituals in the hopes of contributing to environmental healing processes.”
Photo credit: Giulia Troisi