26 August 2019, 10:00am
UKS

#17 HOW TO PRACTICE?
AHMED UMAR

Considering collegial exchange, informal peer-to-peer/practice-to-practice learning, and attempts at friendship as a fundamental part of our remit, UKS presents the weekly walk-in-workshop: HOW TO PRACTICE?

Starting off the workweek every Monday morning at 10am, rotating local and international artists teach their conspicuous version of this essential question—HOW TO PRACTICE?—serving up their tricks and toolboxes, fears and desires, excel sheets, or yoga positions as UKS serves coffee.

For UKS’ seventeenth walk-in-workshop—notably the first after the summer holidays—on Monday, 26 August at 10am, Oslo-based, interdisciplinary artist AHMED UMAR (b. 1988) will talk about his exploration of the intersection between cultural tradition and his own history. Growing up in a religious community in Sudan, Umar attempts to explore and renegotiate his personal background through ceramics, jewellery, performance, and photography. Questions concerning identity, sexuality, and authorship are all important markers in his work, which will be the starting point of his workshop at UKS.

Umar holds an MA in Fine Arts from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Since his graduation in 2016, Umar has participated in multiple exhibitions at venues in Norway and abroad, including Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim (2019); BOA, Oslo (2019); LastFrontiere, New York (2019); Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2018); KLAP Maison pour la danse, Marseilles (2018); and Galleri Format, Oslo (2017). He received the 2017 New Debutant Prize from the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts and the 2018 Art and Craft award from the Scheibler Foundation. His work is held within public collections, including those of Norway’s National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, The Drammen Museum, and Oslo Municipality.

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Need a way to start your week? Join the ongoing program raising questions of trauma, truisms, privilege, priorities, refusal, risk, collaboration, honesty, embarrassment, pretension, working rhythms, blockages, blind spots, sleep, craft, dignity, conspiracy, accounting, body, theory, bureaucracy, ex-and-inclusion, collectivity, how to take time off and how not to, professionalization, performance, and pace.

 

*Image material: Ahmed Umar, various works, 2015-2018. Photos by Ahmed Umar / Norske Kunsthåndverkeres Årsutstilling 2017.

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