Two shows in Russia fall 2017

Arctic Hysteria Russia poster


LOCUS at Cosmoscow

Gostinniy Dvor, Moscow, Russia, Sept 8.-10. 2017

Private view Sept 7 at 6PM

Presenting artists:

Merete Joelsen Aune (NO)

Thale Fastvold (NO)

Margrethe Iren Pettersen (NO)

Tanja Thorjussen (NO)

Sara Rönnbäck (SE) & Daniel Slåttnes (NO)

Locus at Cosmoscow is part of the curated section Norway Focus:

The Norway Focus of Cosmoscow 2017 is a showcase of five Norwegian galleries from across the country; from the political-capital of Oslo to the oil-capital of Stavanger and from old-capital of Trondheim to the Barents capital of Kirkenes. All are gallery-hybrids that combine the tactics defined by the art market rules and the strategies of non-profit artist-run spaces; and together, all represent a cross-section of Norwegian contemporary art and highlight the Scandinavian model of supporting and developing the arts.

LOCUS (Oslo) is an artist run gallery space and a small publishing house established in 2006 by Thale Fastvold and Tanja Thorjussen. LOCUS will present various works in drawing, photography, installation and artist books by artists:

Merete Joelsen Aune (b. 1984) works with drawing and poetry as her principal media, and is presently influenced by an eclectic interest in astronomical phenomena and the expanding universe. Thale Fastvold (b. 1978) focuses on the dialog between classical photography and non-figurative abstraction. With photography and installation she researches the mysteries of science and spirituality.

Sara Rönnbäck (b. 1988) & Daniel Slåttnes (b. 1986) work with performative sculptures where they investigate the potential of artistic materials. Currently they are working on the project Conversations between Bodies as a book and exhibition. Margrethe Iren Pettersen (b. 1977) utilizes plants, sounds and other materials as well as her Sami roots and the oral tradition of knowledge dissemination of the north in her work – which takes the form of cultivation projects, soundwalks and photography. Tanja Thorjussen (b. 1970) explores the theme of liminality in nature, spirituality and mythology with drawing, installation and land-art.

LOCUS at Cosmoscow is supported by OCA – Office for Contemporary Art, Norway

Thale Fastvold - Untitled (Ghost of M)

Thale Fastvold  – Untitled (Ghost of M) 2017, Installation, marble, acrylic glass and artificial gras


CoSA – Concerning the Spiritual in Art Event at The Norwegian Institute at Athens, during Documenta 14 opening week

LOCUS and LATERNA present:

CoSA – Concerning the Spiritual in Art

The Norwegian Institute at Athens

Thursday April 6th 19.00


Performative event/artist talk with:

Thale Fastvold, Inger-Reidun Olsen, Marianne Skjeldal and Tanja Thorjussen


Book launch of artist books by:

Merete Joelsen Aune, Daniel Slåttnes & Sara Rönnback


LOCUS and LATERNA are collaborating in exploring the spiritual in contemporary art as well as researching the spiritual in art that unfolded during the early 1900s in Europe. CoSA – Concerning the Spiritual in Art will take shape as performance, drawing, photography and artist-books.

The project will be initiated in Athens during Documenta 14 opening week in collaboration with The Norwegian Institute at Athens, where we will hold a performance, an artist talk and launch artist books exploring the subject of the spiritual in contemporary art praxis.

Later this year CoSA will present various events at among others the Venice Biennale opening week, in Hammerfest during Dansefestival Barents and in St. Petersburg.


Photo: André Wulf/ Dreiemont as for CoSA – Concerning the Spiritual in Art by LATERNA and LOCUS

LATERNA was established in 2011. As a nomadic porous unit, based in Oslo, Inger-Reidun Olsen and Marianne Skjeldal, both choreographers and performers, collaborate through various formats within performance, dealing with materials, objects, sound and actions in relation to our artistic research, performative and spiritual practices.

LOCUS is an artist and curator collective and independent art space.
 As a nomadic and fluctuating entity Locus produce exhibitions and presents different artists in various locations nationally and internationally.
 Based in Oslo at Grünerløkka Lufthavn, Locus has a studio/showroom and hosts various events.
 Since 2009 Locus publishing has produced 3 books and will now invite select artists to create individual artists books working with the CoSA theme. Locus was established in 2006 by Thale Fastvold and Tanja Thorjussen and has recently exhibited in cities such as Stavanger, Miami, Oslo, New York, St.Petersburg and Medellín in Colombia.

CoSA aims to channel and interpret the spirit of places (Genius Loci) into our artworks and performances and explore sites with spiritual reference or history by re-creating lost rituals and creating new artworks. 
With performative situations and séances at selected sites we will share our work in Athens (GR), Hammerfest (NO), Vadsø (NO), St Petersburg (RU) and Monte Verità (CH) 2017-18. The performances will include materials, objects, sound, movement and actions in relation to each place. Through our collaboration we merge performative- and visual arts traditions and share knowledge and experience from each practice.

The project will culminate in creating a publication through inviting external theorists, art scholars and artists to write alongside our own reflections. Our aim is to contextualize the spiritual in contemporary art while also relating the project to Wassily Kandinskys’ publication “Concerning the spiritual in art” (1911) and other artists of that time period.

The project is supported by the Norwegian Institute at Athens, the Norwegian Art Council, and Fond for lyd og bilde.


Locus Arctic Hysteria fanzine launch at MoMA PS1, NYABF 2016, with Cinders Gallery

Arctic Hysteria Exhibition And Book Release At Uncontaminated Fashion Art Festival In Oslo


We are pleased to announce that Arctic Hysteria exhibition and book will have its Oslo debut at Uncontaminated art and fashion festival 12-14 October 2016

Opening: Wednesday 12 October 18:00 – 20:00
Place: Bryggegate 7, Aker Brygge, Oslo

Participating artists:
Vanessa Albury (USA)
Amelia Beavis-Harrison (UK/NO)
Thale Fastvold (NO)
Fritz Horstman (USA)
Marianne Darlén Solhaugstrand (NO)
Tanja Thorjussen (NO)
Presenting a special project by fashion designer Cathrine Krog (NO)

 Arctic Hysteria Booklaunch At Cinders Gallery Booth R01, NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1


Time: Saturday September 17th at 6-7 pm
Place: Cinders Gallery Booth R01, NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1

Arctic Hysteria – collected stories and research through contemporary art
Locus presents a fanzine that will touch upon the themes of the arctic region, mythology, shamanism, spirits and transformation. The publication is a research tool and will function as a collaborative artist book for the traveling exhibition Arctic Hysteria, which opens at Dikemark in Asker in the fall 2016, and will travel to St Petersburg in 2017 and Stamsund in the north of Norway in 2018.
The artists involved present text about their work and research process and new work in drawing, photography, painting, performance, sculpture and installation. In addition the fanzine has texts by a medical anthropologist, an art critic and a curator as well as 3 artists relevant to the theme.
LOCUS artists Thale Fastvold and Tanja Thorjussen will be present at the book launch at Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair 2016 at MoMa PS1.
The launch at NYABF is made possible by generous support from OCA.

Presenting artists:
Vanessa Albury (USA)
Amelia Beavis-Harrison (UK/NO)
Thale Fastvold (NO)
Fritz Horstman (USA)
Marianne Darlén Solhaugstrand (NO)
Tanja Thorjussen (NO)
Javier Barrios (GT/MX/NO)

Ekaterina Shelganova (RU)
Vemund Thoe (NO)
Contributing writers:
Vilde Fastvold (NO), PhD Candidate, medical antropology, UiO
Tommy Olsson (SE), art critic/curator
Maria Kotlyachkova (RU) curator/writer

Design by Maria Romstad

Vanessa Albury writes about LOCUS at X-Contemporary in KUNSTforum

Themes of transformation and unseen forces run through the LOCUS booth, as seen in Tanja Thorjussen’s reindeer, bird and tree branch hybrid drawings and in Thale Fastvold’s Genius Lociwith misty clouds hovering above the ground, suggesting the recent absence or developing presence of invisible energies.

Read the full text Miami Favorites in KUNSTforum here:

Miami Favorites


Photos from LOCUS at X-Contemporary Miami Dec.1 -6. 2015

LOCUS at X-Contemporary Miami Des. 1 -6

LOCUS at X-Contemporay Miami USA

Presenting artists:

Javier Barrios (MX/GT/NO)

Thale Fastvold (NO)

Marianne Darlén Solhaugstrand (NO)

Tanja Thorjussen (NO)


A nomadic and fluctuating entity which works site and time specific on creating exhibitions. The works are usually touching upon the themes of alchemy, mythology and transformation. LOCUS has exhibited nationally and internationally in cities such as New York, Oslo, Trondheim and Stavanger. Upcoming projects will take place in St. Petersburg, New York, Miami and Stamsund.



Announcing the launch of X Contemporary, a new art fair to debut during Art Basel Miami Beach 2015. Under the direction of Matthew Eck, X Contemporary will focus on presenting exhibitors with a strong program of work by emerging and mid-career artists. The inaugural edition of X Contemporary will take place December 1-6, 2015 with a vernissage for VIP guests and press on December 1st, from 5 to 10 p.m.


I see this as a great moment to unite the aspects of creative culture that are increasingly relevant to contemporary art: fashion, performance, music and design. Art doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and X Contemporary aims to present this overlap through dynamic events and collaborations, and within a curated context that prominently features some of the most exciting new galleries and artists today. Founder + Director, Matthew Eck

Event Times:

Dec 1st                  5PM – 10PM

Dec 2nd – 6th       12PM – 9PM

Adr. 240-260 NW 25th St. Miami, FL 33127

The project is generously supported by Office for Contemporary Art Norway

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Upcoming: The Platform at MUSE, Trento, Italy and Transborder Café, Vardø at Hurtigruta

Thale Fastvold will participate in The Platform at MUSE Science Museum of Trento, Italy, curated by artist Stefano Cagol.

Press release:Platform_press_release_Be-diversity_MUSE

The Platform of “Be-diversity” starts at MUSE

The temporary exhibition of contemporary art “Be-diversity. A mental attitude on differences, beyond biodiversity” at MUSE Science Museum of Trento until September 30 curated by Stefano Cagol presents a series of meetings open to the public with important guests: the first guest on Wednesday August 19 at 18.00 is Aboulkheir Breigheche, Imam of Trentino South Tyrol.

The opportunity to face the issues of Expo at Muse through the unexpected visionary point of view of the artworks of the project “Be-diversity” will be amplified starting from 19 August by a series of informal dialogues with local and international guests that are not limited within the boundaries of art and science, but range and take the cue from an idea of synergy between the different knowledge, from the belief that “The paths of knowledge that lead to awareness and then action, are not isolated trails”, as the director of MUSE, Michele Lanzinger, says.

More about  MUSE

Thale Fastvold will participate in the Transborder Café Look at it! – The role of art in public spaces at Hurtigruta, organized by Pikene på Broen:

16th September 2015

‘Look at it! – The role of art in public spaces’ 
as a part of the Norwegian-Russian Culture Forum

Panelists: Thale Fastvold, Oslo (NO), Kristin Risan, Svolvær (NO), Aleksander Molodtsov, Nikel (RU).
Moderator: Ida Karine Gullvik, NRK Finnmark
Artistic Contribution: Survival Instructions with Glafira Severianova, Murmansk, (RU)

Public art is no longer simply a decorative feature.  As public art projects shift away from the traditional, stationary and purely aesthetic ideals, new formats of dialogue based, interactive and temporary artworks show that public art, both indoors and out, can act as an impulse for tourism, urban development and social policies.  Cities such as Vardø have benefited from new public art projects, creating an identity of place which is unmistakable.

Can cross-border cooperation on the arts contribute to better neighbourly relations between cities, places and people?  What would a joint project of public art mean for cities like Kirkenes and Nikel?

Welcome to a moving Transborder Café!  See you aboard the world famous Hurtigruten