Still from Charlotte Thiis-Evensen's film Double Interview, 2016
The premise of Charlotte Thiis-Evensen’s short film Double Interview (2016) is straight-forward: a Roma woman interviews the artist through an off-screen translator, then the filmmaker interviews her back. Yet through even this simple encounter, conflicting assumptions about age, femininity, economic security, and the value of work emerge between the women.
A screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion between Thiis-Evensen, and curators Natasha Marie Llorens and Natalie Hope O’Donnell about the ethical dimension of the work, and also ethical challenges that Thiis-Evensen regularly grapples with in the course of her practice.
Charlotte Thiis-Evensen has a MA of Literary Science from the University of Oslo and have studied art at the National Academy of the Arts. As an artist she is working with documentarism in video, photo and installations. Several of her artworks are about how unspoken power structures seriously limit the individual’s freedom of action. Beside production of art she has been working as a journalist at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation for fifteen years both with documentary film and with journalistic programs.
Natasha Marie Llorens is an independent curator and writer based in Marseille and New York. Recent curatorial projects include “We the Watchers are Also Bodies,” at Hercules Art Studio Program in Manhattan, "The Exposed Suture" in Marseille, and "Mine are True Love Stories...." at the Skowhegan offices in New York. Llorens has held curatorial residencies at Marra Tein in Beirut and at Triangle Arts Association in New York, and is currently the 2017 Entrée Principale curatorial resident at Rond Point Projects in Marseille, France. Her writing has appeared in ArtReview, Modern Painters, BOMB Magazine, Pastelegram, WdW Review, Contemporary Art Stavanger, Ibraaz, and elsewhere. Institutions taught at include Columbia University and the Cooper Union in New York City, and the Curatorial Studies MA program at Parsons in Paris. She is currently developing a PhD at Columbia University, focused on the representation of war in Algerian national cinema between 1965 and 1979.
Natalie Hope O’Donnell is Senior Curator at the Munch Museum in Oslo, where she curates the off-site contemporary art programme Munchmuseet on the Move (2016–2019). Her educational background includes a BA in Modern History and Politics from the University of Oxford (2002) and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London (2008). She holds a PhD from the Oslo School of Architecture entitled Space as Curatorial Practice: the exhibition as a spatial construct (2016), which examined three exhibitions at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in the period 1970–1972. She retains an interest in curating as a spatial process, queer performative art practices, and the exhibition as an historical and cultural text.