Avgang 2018 - TRAUST

This year’s degree exhibition presents work by twenty-four graduating students from eleven countries. Five graduating students are from the MFA program Art and Public Space and nineteen graduating students are from the MFA program Medium and Material Based Art.

Their exhibition is titled Traust and its main venue is the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. There are also three satellite venues across the city: work can be found on the bank of the Akerselva river close to the school, at Bispegata 16 in The Middelalderparken on the East side of the Bjørvika inlet, and in a private flat at Rostedsgate 16 B in the St. Hanshaugen area.

Throughout the past two years, the students have shared dialogues, thoughts, experiences, stories, and dinners. The exhibition title Traust has been informed by these communal quotidian spaces, democratic environments, and the collective threads shared daily in the art school. It derives from ‘traustr', a word in old Norse, a language spoken in Scandinavia between 800 and 1300 AD. The meaning of the word has traveled over time — originally it was an honorable description of someone or something being steadfast or trustworthy while the modern use more often means passé, or quite simply, ordinary.

So, why would a group of art students in Oslo call their degree show Traust? Is it a response to society's constantly shifting character? Or is this a nod to the English word ‘trust’? This term is understood to be an agreement in collective decision making, their exhibition being the result.

MFA in Art and Public Space: Rodrigo Ghattas / Nicolas William Hughes / Kjetil Detroit Kristensen / Hege Pålsrud / Ida Uvaas.

MFA in Medium and Material Based Art: Lucia Cristerna Aragon / Ida Olesdatter Barland / Jessica Brouder / Ida Warholm Bjørken / Helene Therese Duckert / Victoria Duffee / Miriam Colombine Ekeholt / Lissette Escobar / Olia Gorohova / Lena Walton Herfindal / Aleksander Jæger / Joanna Knight / Martin Kolsrud / Sisse Lee / Marthe Minde / Atli Graff Pètursson / Yichun Tang / Allyce Wood / Chen Zehui.


Opening Reception:

June 1st, 18:00 – 20:00

Open days:

June 2 - 10, 12:00 – 18:00

Oslo National Academy of the Arts Fossveien 24, Oslo, Norway


Press contact:

Stefan Schrøder, curator

Email stefanschroedermail@gmail.com

Cell +47 99 58 97 27

Anne Line Abotnes, senior adviser

Email anneabot@khio.no

Cell +47 92 03 98 51