A k dolven on location  (c) vegar moen copy
A K Dolven on location. Photo Vegard Moen

when I discovered the end I wanted to live really long
16mm film

The film program is bracketed by when I discovered the end I wanted to live really long (digitised 16mm, 2013) by A K Dolven. Both opening and closing the film series, this work shows the artist performing in Vestvågøy, Lofoten, during the arctic winter. Captured by a 16mm camera positioned behind her, Dolven’s naked legs are alternating between spread and closed, literally framing and gendering the view of the majestic, erected mountain. Dolven’s quivering, tongue-in-cheek gesture plays with stereotypical myths of “mother nature” while confronting her own freezing body with the dramatic Norwegian scenery.

The film program Evolution, meet orgasm features works by artists and filmmakers A K Dolven, Richard Alexandersson, and Massimiliano Mollona & Anne Marthe Dyvi. Lending its title from a work by word-based artist Nora Turato—a collection of online catch-phrases—the evening filters conversations between UKS Director Rhea Dall with Charles Aubin, reflecting on themes at stake in Rugged, weathered, above the sea.

A K Dolven is also a part of our land programme in Kvalnes, Lofoten, where we are all generously invited to her Studio Kvalnes for an introduction to her work.

A K Dolven has exhibited extensively internationally at a wide range of institutions and galleries such as Kunsthall Svalbard, Longyearbyen; Kunsthalle Bern; Philadephia Museum of Art; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; the IKON Gallery, Birmingham; South London Gallery; Platform China, Beijing; The National Museum of Art, Oslo; KIASMA, Helsinki; Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Tromsø; and CCC Tours, France. She has been part of major group exhibitions such as 21st Century, Minsheng Art Museum (2016 Shanghai); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (2016 Denmark); Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2015 Norway); Turner Contemporary (2015 UK)