MMMMM…Alone (of all her sex)
September 7 - November 20, 2017
Blindern Campus, The Faculty of Humanities
in the park next to Sophus Bugge’s house
Niels Henrik Abels vei 36, Oslo

The installation MMMMM…Alone (of all her sex) will serve as a platform for discussions, talks and new artworks open for interaction with the public. It will feature visual and audible artworks, performances, readings, a collection of texts in a publication, lectures and talks all within a temporary installation in public space constructed on the premises of University of Oslo, Campus Blindern. MMMMM…Alone (of all her sex) aims to bring visitors into contact with the notions and view on the female as creator and political being, in opposition to the narrow understanding of the symbol Virgin Mary as a mother and virgin. The concept, installation and continuing programme are conducted by artist Petrine Vinje.

CONTRIBUTIONS BY 11 ARTISTS, PERFORMERS AND POETS

A unique publication will follow the two projects, in which; artists and thinkers contribute with texts, excerpts and images in an exploration of Marian motifs, found in the rather unknown Old Norse Maríu-saga, sculptural works from early Christian culture in Norway, and contemporary works on feminism and female imagery.

A live program will accompany the installation and book, featuring performative and discursive events hosted at the University of Oslo. The continuing program will include artists Sofia Jernberg/ Ole Henrik Moe, Kari Rønnekleiv, Gyrid Gunnes, Torild Wardenær, Aina Villanger, Prerna Bishnoi/ Sindhu Thirumalaisamy, Liv Kristin Holmberg, Daniel Slåttnes/ Sara Rönnback, Jan Erik Rekdal, Marthe Ramm Fortun and Petrine Vinje.

PERFORMATIVE PROGRAM AND EVENTS

A live program will accompany the installation and book, featuring performative and discursive events hosted at the University of Oslo.
Performances and readings will take place on September 29, 2017.
Programme tba.

PUBLICATION

Edited by Vinje and Kjesrud, the publication includes writing by Gyrid Gunnes, Torild Wardenær, Aina Villanger, Prerna Bishnoi/ Sindhu Thirumalaisamy, Liv Kristin Holmberg, Daniel Slåttnes/ Sara Rönnback, Jan Erik Rekdal, Marthe Ramm Fortun and Petrine Vinje. Furthermore, the conference speakers and abstracts for their lectures will be presented. Designed by Eller med a.

The title of the public art project MMMMM…Alone (of all her sex) is lent from Marina Warner’s book Alone of all her sex. The myth and cult of Virgin Mary (Oxford Press, 1976)