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Vanessa Ohlraun

What Color Is the Sacred? An Anthropologist’s Reading of Michael Taussig April 29, 19:00


Inspired by the book “What Color Is the Sacred” by cultural anthropologist Michael Taussig, Vanessa Ohlraun presents some thoughts about the interlacing histories of colonialism, color and violence.

photo by Vanessa Ohlraun

Vanessa Ohlraun is Dean of the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo since 2011, before which she directed the fine art programme at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, and the visual art, film and new media programme at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. In exhibitions, lecture series and seminars she has been concerned with issues of postcolonial studies, histories of modernity and feminist theory, as well as performative practices and writing within the context of contemporary art. Ohlraun studied Cultural Anthropology, Art History and Gender Studies in Seattle (USA), Freiburg and Berlin.



trans-talk invites artists and other personalities to share a reference, which has had an impact on their practice. trans-talk conveys an openness towards interests across media, gives format for possibilities in shared insight alluding to personal translation. trans-talk is initiated by Beatrice Alexanian and hosted by Akademirommet, Academy of Fine Art Oslo.

upcoming dates:
May 5

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Vanessa Ohlraun after the trans-talk. Photo: Ksenia Aksenova


Kunstnernes Hus, Wergelandsveien 17, Oslo

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April 12, 2015
Written by Akademirommet