Marthe Ramm Fortun – It Costs an Arm and a Leg

19th January 6pm
Rostockgata 2-4
0191 Oslo

Kunsthall Oslo is very pleased to invite you to It Costs An Arm and a Leg, a new performance by Marthe Ramm Fortun (with Stina Högqvist and Will Bradley), as part of the exhibition The Oslo Museum of Contemporary Art. The artist says: “The performance begins with my sculpture Når du kommer, brister hotellets kropp og all rommenes dærer åpner seg which is part of the exhibition. The sculpture is a collection of objects in progressive decay. A painting with legs and arms rots on rosebuds, mortal style. There are drug needles, pearls and broken glass in the clay birds. The city of Oslo will be contaminated as I give away all the components of the piece to you, the audience, the respective institutions, the passers-by… We are agents in an unstable power relationship where the artists remain the suppliers of content. If we truly are to create a space in-between the missing museum, the incomplete collection and the post-Marxist notion that everything is for sale, we have to do it with full disclosure, together. The artist is the agent generating value both in a utopian and capitalist sense. She pays the difference. This is a giveaway. It is a celebration without walls, we are impostors between the barcode and the railroad tracks.”

Refreshments will be served from 5pm. Performance at 6pm. The exhibition will stay open until 7pm.

Marthe Ramm Fortun (Oslo, 1978) lives and works in Oslo. She has recently held performances at KW Institute of Contemporary Art (Berlin), Beaux-Arts (Paris), Bozar Center for Fine Arts (Brussels), Stavanger Kunstmuseum (Stavanger) and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (Høvikodden). Skrive byen, skrive den om was the title of her recent solo exhibition at the Young Artists’ Society (UKS) in Oslo, and she participated in a duo exhibition with Kasper Bosmans entitled Yesterday was different at Komplot in Brussels. Fortun has published 100 situasjoner (Aschehoug, 2013) in the Stemmer series that marked the centenary of women’s suffrage in Norway, and Inverted Sky; Letters to Jackie (Blackdog Publishing, 2014), based on her site-specific project at Grand Central Terminal for Performa 13 (New York, 2013). Fortun is a guest teacher at the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo (KHiO).