Palmera is excited to invite you to the celebration of the 10th anniversary of The Giveaway Archive, a project first initiated by Gabriel Johann Kvendseth in 2012. Back then -in an effort to sort finished and unfinished artwork, materials collected over the years, sketches, odds and ends- the archive became an interactive installation in which the audience was invited to take anything from the display, filling out a simple form that described what was taken. Gabriel sat at a desk in front, performing the function of notary and observer. There he notarized and hung up the documents, in an effort to retain the essence of what was taken.For its 10th anniversary, the archive has been reshaped into what at first glance appears to be a conventional display of artwork, but quickly reveals itself as a backdrop for the coming giveaway. This time you are welcomed into a try-your-luck / what-is-meant-to-be-yours-will-be-yours situation. We invite you to celebrate with us while exploring the relationship between desire and chance.
♧ May fortune be forever in your favor!
Friday 7th of October 6PM.
♧ Giveaway ceremony:
Saturday 22nd of October
(Separate event coming up!)
The Giveaway Archive is kindly supported by Kulturrådet – Norsk kulturfond.---
Gabriel Johann Kvendseth (b. 1984, Karlsøy, Norway) is an artist and curator living and working in Bergen. His artistic practice encompasses sculpture, installation, performance and participatory situations. His work has been shown at Arkhangelsk Fine Arts Museum and Murmansk Regional Art Museum in Russia, Sámi Center for Contemporary Art in Karasjok, Nordic House in Reykjavik, Northern Norwegian Art Museum in Tromsø, Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kunstnerforbundet and Kunstindustrimuseet in Oslo, Kunsthall Oslo, KODE 2 and Kraft in Bergen amongst other places. His work is represented in the collections of The Art Museum of Northern Norway; KODE1; Hordaland County and The Faculty of Art, Music and Design at the University of Bergen. Kvendseth is a graduate of the Bergen National Academy of Art and Design.