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Revisit sessions from PASS in Oslo

PASS at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

Over four days, from 17-20 February 2021, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) broadcast daily sessions for ‘Actions of Art and Solidarity’, a group exhibition curated by Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) in Oslo and organised with Kunstnernes Hus.

These transmissions looked to the Festac ’77 book and selected narratives to expand on in sound. They were the first PASS sessions to be produced under the conditions of a global pandemic. More about the landing can be found here and archived versions can be replayed via Mixcloud.

We give thanks to our core collaborators Arild Boman, Ese Otubu, Isaac Emokpae, mam Lindiwe Mabuza and Uhuru Phalafala. Thanks too to Christopher Lee, Christopher Ouma, Masello Motana, Nomaliqhwa Hadebe, Raheem Oluwafunminiyi and Rangoato Hlasane who added their voices to the programs. Takk to colleagues at Office for Contemporary Art Norway and Kunstnernes Hus.

This PASS series was produced by Ben Verghese with direction from Ntone Edjabe.

Photo: Vegard Kleven. Courtesy of Kunstnernes Hus/OCA

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