September 28.–January 6. 2019:
Jumana Manna—A Small Big Thing is the first solo museum presentation of the artist in the Nordic region. The exhibition includes the Norwegian premiere of the film Wild Relatives (2018), a meditative documentary capturing the transit of seeds between the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to the fields of the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. The Syrian revolution-turned-war has blocked access to the Aleppo gene bank, instigating the duplication of seeds in neighbouring Lebanon from backup copies stored on the island of Spitsbergen in the arctic climes of Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. In addition, Manna has produced a new series of sculptures. The exhibition spans and makes meaningful contributions to diverse disciplines, from photography and film to sculpture and installation.
Curator and editor of the catalogue is Ana María Bresciani.
Photo: Jumana Manna, Video-still, Wild Relatives, 2018.