“Minnering” (Remembrance Circle) is an art installation that aims to encourage the sharing of memories, reflections and conversations about the narratives surrounding the 22 July terror attack.
The artwork consists of 11 chairs that were in the Government Building 5 when the bomb went off on 22 July 2011. It also includes fragments of memories embroidered on paper, as well as a rug. The chairs and the rug have been reworked using plant-dyed fabric. The plants used in the dye are vegetation from the two sites of the terror attack, the Government Quarter and Utøya.
Through this art installation, we invite visitors to take a seat in the remembrance circle and share their memories. What memories are left from 22 July? What do those who cannot remember think? Memories can be created through the memories of others and that is how we keep the conversation about 22 July alive.
You can read the memories of others or share digitally your own here. You can also write your memories down on paper and leave them in the remembrance circle. Each chair contains a dedicated hiding spot for memories and we will look after all of the memories that are shared.
The art installation is part of Autopoiesis – folkeminner, an art project by Kadhaproject to gather and reflect upon the memories and narratives associated with 22 July. Read more at www.autopoiesis.website
Why is the “Minnering” at the 22 July Centre?
“Minnering” will be exhibited at the first floor of the 22 July Centre from 16 February to 22 March 2022. The art installation intersects with Centre’s permanent exhibition, the Public Conversation about 22 July and the commemoration exhibition 10 years on:, which also focuses on memories, perspectives and narratives from and about 22 July 2011 and the impact of terrorism, today and in the future.
The 22 July Centre’s temporary premises at Teatergata 10 are situated next door to Government Building 5, where the chairs used in “’Minnering” originate from. The installation can be viewed as a site-specific artwork through the chairs’ affinity to the Government Quarter, the use of vegetation from the two sites of the terror attack and the recontextualisation that occurs when memories are shared and meetings take place – at the 22 July Centre – here and now.
As part of the Autopoiesis – folkeminner project and in collaboration with Memoar (www.memoar.no), “Minnering” also complements the historical conscious management of the memory of the terror attack as envisioned in the mandate for the 22 July Centre. By making room for a sensory approach, the artwork creates a meaningful contrast to the historical presentation at the Centre.
The Artist’s description
“We want to invite people to be part of a participatory art project in order to reflect on the consequences of the terror attack and how it has affected peoples’ lives. We explore how art can help to allow for reflection and gather different memories of a brutal attack on the democracy that are linked to a specific memory about time and place on the part of the individual. We ask questions about which memories we have left, which memories have been excluded and how the narrative about the terror attack is retrospectively told. By gathering and sharing of memories, we explore how art can allow for storytelling and shed light on the public conversation about a national trauma.”
Kadhaproject is the artist duo behind the “Minnering” art installation and consists of Marielle Kalldal and Camilla Dahl. In Kadhaproject, the artists work together on relational, interactive and participatory art. Kalldal and Dahl both hold Master’s degrees in Art in Society from OsloMet. The artists have previously collaborated as co-producers in the Oslo Biennial Migrant Car project, on the installation Borders at Sagene Kunstsmie gallery, on the Intercultural Museum’s Carnival exhibition and on the pandemic project Social Radius.