Nayara Leite (b. 1989, BRA; she/her) is a Brazilian artist and writer based in Bergen, Norway. She holds an MFA from the Bergen Art Academy and an MA in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication. Nayara works across text, performance, analogue photography, video and installation. Through autobiographical narrative, political news, letters to close friends and archival material, she produces a portrayal of the reality in which the LGBTQ+ community lives in Brazil and in Norway. She has exhibited and/or held performances at Bergen Kunsthall, Palmera, Lydgalleriet, Isotop, Bergen Kjøtt, and KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes (KODE2), Bergen; Preus Museum, Horten; Studio 17, Stavanger; and Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo.
Mabell Holand (b. 1990, NOR; they/them) is a writer, advocate and poet. Their work is driven by the motivation for social change, within the areas of intersectional topics. They create and present creative work in a poetic genre, and hold interactive lectures as well as thematic workshops by order. Mabell is writing a collection of poems and strives to continue their contribution as a writer, artist, and speaker for various initiatives.
Homodagene (2022; banner and performance, 15 min) is Nayara Leite’s response to a photograph found at Skeivt Arkiv (the Norwegian Queer Archive) depicting a protest during “Homodagene” in Bergen in 1983. The photo shows one of the protesters carrying a sign with Jeg er glad jeg er homo (“I am glad I am gay”) written on it. Forty years after the photo was taken, Leite proposes to raise questions related to intersectionality and to explore what has changed within the realm of discussions among the LGBTQ+ community. Her research is inspired by Audre Lorde, who wrote: “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”
“MOMENTUM 12: Together as to gather” takes place from 10 June to 8 October 2023 at Galleri F 15 on the island of Jeløya in Moss, Norway. The 12th edition of the biennale is the first to be curated by an art collective: Tenthaus – consisting of approximately 20 artists and cultural workers. The collective has collaborated together in various constellations since 2009. Characterised by an open, process-oriented form of participation and collaboration, its focus is on local contexts, exploring collectivity and inclusion through different forms of engagement. For the biennale, Tenthaus practices a gathering methodology; gathering artists, texts, neighbours, materials, processes and biennale, locally and globally. The intention is to facilitate interaction and further cooperation between people and institutions. Thus, the Autumn Exhibition was invited to a unique collaboration: Among the applications for The 136th Autumn Exhibition, The National Jury selected works by two artists to be shown at the biennale.
The MOMENTUM biennale was established in 1998 and is organised and produced by Galleri F 15 in Moss, Norway. For over two decades, MOMENTUM has consistently supported compelling curatorial vision and operated as a platform for exploring the exhibition format, both in the Nordic context and with an international perspective.