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Milena Høgsberg
Alumni 2008
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Photo: Bjarne Bare

Milena Høgsberg is a Danish-American curator based outside Copenhagen. From 2011-2016, she was Chief Curator and Head of the Curatorial Department and Collections at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) in Norway where she oversaw exhibitions programs and helped shape the institutional vision. At HOK, she organized solo exhibitions with artists such as Lea Posager, Torbjørn Rødland, Ann Cathrin November Høibo, and Lotte Konow Lund. And she was the collaborating curator for large partnering exhibitions such as Yayoi Kusama: In Infinity; Human Space Machine: Stage Experiments at the Bauhaus; and Hilma af Klint: A Pioneer of Abstraction.

Høgsberg was selected together with Heidi Ballet to curate LIAF 2017 (Lofoten Internatonal Art Festival), a biennial in the Lofoten Islands above the Arctic Circle in Norway. I Taste the Future explored how art can open up a space for new modes of knowing. The exhibition and a monthlong performance and talk program included new commissions by artists such as Adam Linder, Ann Lislegaard, Silje Figenschou Thoresen, Eglė Budvytytė, Elin Mar Øyen Vister, Daisuke Kosugi, and Youmna Chlala.

Høgsberg’s curatorial work pivots around a series of large group exhibitions where new commissions are opportunities for collaborative thinking. The knowledge produced by these conversations and the exhibitions that grow from them are gathered in accompanying research publications. Shaped by Time (Revolver Press, reflects on an ambitious research project at the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, where 28 artists and writers such as Glodin+Senneby, Olivia Plender, and Joachim Koester were invited to research and respond to the Prehistoric Collection. Living Labor (Sternberg Press) considered the eroding boundaries between work and life. Against the historic backdrop of the Scandinavian labor movement, artists and writers proposed viable forms of refusal and imagine prospects for a post-work future.

Most recently, she co-published the critical reader Myths of the Marble (Sternberg Press, 2018) which reflects on how contemporary artists have engaged the virtual as a way to consider sites of possibility and limitation in both physical spaces and online experiences. Myths of the Marble was co-conceived with curator Alex Klein at the ICA Philadelphia and grew from conversations with artists Rachel de Joode, Cayetano Ferrer, Ane Graff, Ignas Krunglevicius, Daria Martin, Florian Meisenberg, Shahryar Nashat, Sondra Perry, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Susanne M. Winterling.

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