The Carrier (2020)
For many of us living in an urban context, pigeons are often described as “flying rats”. However, breeding pigeons is still a popular practice among small communities in Europe, and larger ones in the Middle-East.
While narrating stories involving pigeons as protagonists, Hanan Benammar’s The Carrier is observing a loft or “duekleiv” in Askøy with a spy camera.
Benammar has been invited by BEK to develop a new work that takes as its departure the theme of surveillance and the formidable development of technology in the last 20 years, that we address in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of BEK this year.
Hanan Benammar (b. 1989, Paris) is an Algerian/French artist based in Oslo, who works conceptually in the field between geopolitical, environmental and social conditions. She also organizes and curates art projects as part of her artistic practice. Benammar is educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo (master’s degree) and the Dutch Art Institute in the Netherlands (master’s degree). She has a broad display practice in visual and performing arts, most recently at Radikal Unsichtbar (Hamburg), Edge of Wrong (Cape Town), Le Cube (Rabat), Black Box teater (Oslo), Festspillene (Bergen), Ultima Contemporary Music Festival (Oslo), Bildmuseet (Umeå) and The Golden Bridge (Reykjavík).
Photo credit: Espen Sommer Eide
Portrait photo: Jannik Abel
Latent City presents artistic productions dealing with the city’s hidden stories. Seen through the lens of artistic observation, hidden stories, latent infrastructures and questions of digital presence and of power and democracy in our cities, meet in an exhibition that takes place over three weeks. The Latent City is the city that awaits, the one that is about to unfold, our common future city.
Several of the art projects are financed or commissioned by BEK, while others are existing works presented in new formats. A video program will be on show throughout the project period and there will be an extensive program of talks and performances. Please read more about the project and the programme here.