Hanan Benammar: The Universal Periodic Review

Hordaland kunstsenter 13.11.2022 17.0018.12.2022 17.00


Artist Hanan Benammar exhibits “The Universal Periodic Review” at Hordaland kunstsenter, transforming the material recorded and gathered from Benammar’s performance for BEK’s symposium The Only Lasting Truth is Change.

Opening: 13 November 17:00
Opening hours: 16 November–22 December 2022 and 4–8 January 2023, Wed-Sun 12:00-17:00
Venue: Hordaland kunstsenter (HKS), Klosteret

Western Sahara has been occupied by Morocco since 1975, after being occupied by Spain between 1884 and 1975. After four decades of peaceful resistance amidst Moroccan occupation, how can Western intellectuals help us to apply theory into a methodology and an analysis of a conflict that is very little discussed?

Based on the symposium performance 10 November 2022, Hanan Benammar has transformed the recorded and gathered material into a spatial, visual and audible exhibition, highlighting and pushing the boundaries of what an art context can be and contain. “The Universal Periodic Review” is Part Two of “That place of familiarity that holds and hurts”, an exhibition curated by Amber Ablett for HKS, and made in collaboration between BEK and HKS.

Hanan Benammar

Hanan Benammar is an Algerian/French artist based in Oslo, who works conceptually in the field between geopolitical, environmental and social conditions. Benammar was educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo and the Dutch Art Institute in the Netherlands. She has a broad display practice in visual and performing arts.


Amber Ablett is an artist and writer based in Bergen, Norway. Using performance, text, sound and re-enactment, her work looks at the importance of place and belonging to how we can be together, with a focus on how our society shapes, reflects, controls and limits our multifaceted identities. Stepping away from spectacle, Ablett often uses workshops and gatherings as a platform to share and open up her practice. Ablett’s work is informed by her experience of being a woman in Norway of British, Irish and Caribbean descent.

Photo credits: “The Universal Periodic Review”, exhibition view. Photos by Hordaland kunstsenter.

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