Moss, Norway

Momentum 2004

Various Venues

The third edition of Momentum, the biannual Nordic festival of contemporary art in the southern Norwegian town of Moss, had to be postponed a few years. The announcement that it was back on track was therefore welcome news. Momentum has become an important showcase for new developments in Nordic art, and at the moment there is no other festival, institution, or journal that could provide such an overview. The long period of preparation for this year’s exhibition both raised and lowered expectations. The curators, Caroline Corbetta from Italy and Per Gunnar Tverbakk from Norway, wanted Momentum to address social conditions and question Nordic stereotypes (including cultural homogeneity and the welfare-state model). The catalogue essays note that notions of what is Nordic are changing, diversifying, and expanding geographically to include the Baltic states. This change, however, was not

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