NEVVEN (SE)

NEVVEN is a non-profit hybrid art space conjoining a gallery and a publicly funded art organisation, located in Gothenburg since 2015. Founded and directed by curator Mattia Lullini & artist Alina Vergnano, NEVVEN promotes an intersectional perspective on the contemporary European art scene.

Curated for
CHART

For CHART 2022, NEVVEN will present a solo booth by Swedish artist Olof Marsja. Uncannily blending his Sámi heritage and Duodji (Sámi craft) with contemporary aesthetics and pop culture, Marsja will present an installation of monumental proportions, including new cast glass works and his largest freestanding sculpture to date.

Olof Marsja, What if the Bear Is the Sun and the Sun Is the Bear (detail), 2020

Röhsska Museum Collection
Photo by Carl Ander

Olof Marsja (SE)

Olof Marsja works with uncanny sculptural expressions that analyse and blend an ultra modern contemporary digital reality with both pop culture and traditional Duodji techniques associated with his Sámi heritage. Crafts and materials play a central role in Marsja’s research and his works are deeply informed by a plurality of practical knowledge and cultural references. Through hybrid forms Marsja offers an analysis, that is both serious and humorous, of issues relating to identity, history and the contemporary world.

Olof Marsja (b. Gällivare, 1986) graduated from Konstfack in Stockholm (2017) and received the Maria Bonnier Dahlin Stipend in 2019. His work has been the subject of recent exhibitions at: Moderna Museet (2022; SE), Röhsska Museum (2021; SE), Sámi Centre for Contemporary Art (2021; NO) and Göteborgs Konsthall (2020; SE). Marsja lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden.

ENAn

Reindeer fur, aluminium, plastic bags, socks, sneakers, wood and plastic film
2020

Moderna Museet Collection – Stockholm
Photo by Hendrik Zeitler, courtesy of Göteborg Konsthall

 

ENAn (detail)

Reindeer fur, aluminium, plastic bags, socks, sneakers, wood and plastic film
2020

Moderna Museet Collection – Stockholm
Photo by Hendrik Zeitler, courtesy of Göteborg Konsthall

 

Jerff

Reindeer fur, bronze, larch, ash, stone, textile, carbon leather, jesmonite and steel, 200 x 125 x 70 cm
2019

Photo courtesy of The Sámi Center of Contemporary Art, Karasjok, Norway

 

Den Frusne (detail)

Reindeer fur, glass, steel, wood, bronze, mdf, polymer clay, straps, plywood and jesmonite, 234 x 68 x 68 cm
2019

Photo courtesy of The Sámi Center of Contemporary Art, Karasjok, Norway

 

What if the Bear Is the Sun and the Sun Is the Bear (detail)

Glass, silvered glass, brass, epoxi, steel, aluminium, reindeer fur, polyester bands, woven bands, pu silk, chain, alder, oak, lasso, reindeer leather, axe, and water cut steel, approximately 800 x 350 x 100 cm
2021

Photo by Carl Ander
Röhsska Museum Collection

 

What if the Bear Is the Sun and the Sun Is the Bear (detail)

Glass, silvered glass, brass, epoxi, steel, aluminium, reindeer fur, polyester bands, woven bands, pu silk, chain, alder, oak, lasso, reindeer leather, axe, and water cut steel, approximately 800 x 350 x 100 cm
2021

Photo by Carl Ander
Röhsska Museum Collection

 

What if the Bear Is the Sun and the Sun Is the Bear (detail)

Glass, silvered glass, brass, epoxi, steel, aluminium, reindeer fur, polyester bands, woven bands, pu silk, chain, alder, oak, lasso, reindeer leather, axe, and water cut steel, approximately 800 x 350 x 100 cm
2021

Photo by Carl Ander
Röhsska Museum Collection

 

What if the Bear Is the Sun and the Sun Is the Bear (detail)

Glass, silvered glass, brass, epoxi, steel, aluminium, reindeer fur, polyester bands, woven bands, pu silk, chain, alder, oak, lasso, reindeer leather, axe, and water cut steel, approximately 800 x 350 x 100 cm
2021

Photo by Carl Ander
Röhsska Museum Collection

 

Triple 4

Installation view
2021

Photo by David Eng
Courtesy of NEVVEN

 

Orakel II

Bronze, aluminium, steel, brass, polyester rope, safety pin, alder wood, virgin red wool, thermal jacket, Volvo car textile, plinth, 120 x 65 x 48 cm
2021

Photo by David Eng
Courtesy of NEVVEN

 

Mold

Glass, steel, 26 x 26 x 22 cm
2021

Photo by David Eng
Courtesy of NEVVEN

 

"Marsja’s work […] is a bold and elaborate attempt at using a suppressed history to engender a new understanding of art’s transcendence."

Oscar Svanelid

"A World Beyond" in Kunstkritikk, 2021

Olof Marsja

Photo by Carl Ander, courtesy of Röhsska Museum

"His art exists in the borderlands: between craft and industry, between Sápmi and Sweden, between then and now."

Johan Deurell

"What if the bear is the sun, and the sun is the bear" in Migration – the Journey of Objects, 2021