12 May – 27 June 2021


UKS is very excited to announce Damla Kilickiran´s first large-scale solo exhibition, Among Spirits of Mineral Pitch and Other Public Apparitions! the exhibition opens to the public on May 12, 2 – 5 pm. We are following the Oslo Municipality’s health and safety regulations closely. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at UKS.


It is night. The yellow light from the streetlamps absorbs the colors of the streets, the trees, the metal fence leading to the construction site. It is quiet, only some sand crunching under your shoes from the wooden boards placed in layers, consecutively, like bridges. You have walked this path before, many times, without stopping because a construction site is not a real place – it is something that no longer exists and does not exist yet – a transformation process in machines of iron, cables, stone, asphalt, in motion towards becoming something else. Something other, or an otherness, that gradually appears to be as unresolved as the limits you have learned are set by the outer layer of your skin.

Among Spirits of Mineral Pitch and Other Public Apparitions is Damla Kilickiran’s study of the potential of selected infrastructural objects as spaces, spirits, and transformative forces in relation to a body for which they were not created. Kilickiran’s first institutional solo exhibition has grown from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The artist roamed the streets a locked-down Oslo in an attempt to establish a panpsychic connection with the city’s infrastructural objects and materials.



Damla Kilickiran (b. 1991, SE) recently graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, having previously studied at Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing, Södertörns University, and the College of Printmaking in Stockholm. Recent exhibitions include participation in Lofoten International Art Festival (2019) and the group presentations Steinalderdrømmer at Nordnorsk kunstnersenter, Svolvær (2018); THE SUN SETS AT 17:43 at Akademirommet, Oslo (2019); The Suiters, Momentum at F15, Moss (2019); and the solo show Purpur Glimpse at Small Projects, Tromsø (2017). In 2020, Kilickiran will have a solo presentation at Destiny’s Atelier in Oslo. Kilickiran lives and works in Oslo.



— Review in Kunstkritikk (online journal)
Kjenner det på kroppen, Kunstkritikk, 26.05.2021

Damla Kilickiran, “Among Spirits of Mineral Pitch and Other Public Apparitions” at UKS. Photos by Øystein Thorvaldsen

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