7 May 2022, 2:00pm
Kunsthall Oslo


Saturday 7 May 2022, 2–3.30pm
Kunsthall Oslo, Rostockgata 2, Oslo


UKS is proud to launch Bande à part –On Independent Art Institutions! For the launch of the book, UKS convenes a panel consisting of Rhea Dall, co-editor and initiator of Bande à part and former director of UKS; Saman Kamyab, artist and founder of Caravan; and Hedda Grevle Ottesen, artist and part of the team behind K4 and recently also Podium. The panel is moderated by Steffen Håndlykken, chair of UKS and co-founder of 1857.

This book builds on the Bande à part conference on independent art institutions held by UKS in Oslo in 2019. Bande à part – On Independent Art Institutions discusses the reasons, means, and rationales of a range of recent independent institutions that run on small economies yet have considerable impact within their respective art scenes. The book is also a snapshot in time: while some of the 15 self-organized art institutions operating in 2019 are still going strong, others have transformed completely or even ceased to exist. The launch celebrates the spirit of self-organization and asks how it manifests in young artist-run spaces in Oslo today.

Bande à part – On Independent Art Institutions was published in 2021. It is co-published by UKS (Oslo), Lulu (Mexico City), and Mousse Publishing (Milan), and designed by Wkshps (Prem Krishnamurthy & Judith Gärtner). Read more about the book and purchase it here.

The panel is spoken in English. Festive drinks will be available following the discussion and the book will be available at a reduced price at the launch.

The launch of Bande à part is hosted by Kunsthall Oslo in the luxurious surroundings of their current exhibition Rammellzee: Ransom Notes. Stream the event via YouTube here.


Hedda Grevle Ottesen is an artist and curator based in Oslo. As well as co-running K4 with Adam Sindre Johnsen and being on the programming team of Podium, she initiated and produced the program Oslo City at BOA and the collective series After School Special at Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall. She is a graduate of KHiO and holds a BA in Art History from  Oslo University.

Rhea Dall is the director of O—Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, a position she took after heading UKS from 2017 to 2020. Dall also co-founded and led PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art in Berlin from 2013 to 2015. She initiated and co-edited the anthology Bande à part – On Independent Art Institutions.

Saman Kamyab is an artist and founder of Caravan, a space he runs in Økern. He is a graduate of KMD, Bergen, and Piet Zwart Institute of Fine Art, Rotterdam. His work has been shown at Kunsthall Oslo, Celin and Podium, Oslo; TagTeam, Bergen; Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré, Tours; and WIELS Contemporary Arts Centre, Brussels.

Steffen Håndlykken is an artist and chair of UKS. Steffen has worked with curating, writing, and organizing, and from 2010 to 2019 he ran the exhibition space 1857 with Stian Eide Kluge. Together with 1857, he participated in the Bande à part conference in 2019.

*Image from the Bande à part conference in 2019. Photo by Jan Khür.

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