PROLOGUE III: “Prologue 3: Art Activism - Feminism - Transcultural Movements:

A conversation about current feminist perspectives in Scandinavia and the Middle East.
In collaboration with the Intercultural Museum, First Supper Symposium (FSS) is organizing a symposium in Grønland, Oslo on the 21st October 2017. We will be discussing feminism and art from a Scandinavian perspective versus Middle Eastern points of view. The symposium consists of a main debate involving both established and unestablished international as well as Scandinavian key figures from within the field. There will also be a program running parallel and on a smaller scale for which the more sensitive and specific themes are reserved.  With Prologue 3 we endeavour to activate dialogue and discussions around the question of how feminism can be understood aesthetically from various cultural perspectives, and how feminist movements in the Middle East can contribute to a new understanding of the term when put in the Scandinavian transcultural context.
Scheduled participants are Manal Al Dowayan (SA), Athena Farrokhzad (S), Bruce W. Ferguson (USA), Nefise Özkal Lorentzen (NO), Tone Olaf Nielsen (DK), Annex - Solveig Syversen, Mona Bentzen, Marie Skeie, Kjersti Andvig (NO), Morten Sortodden (NO) and Mohamed Soueid (LB).
The moderator will be Marianne Bøe (UiB, NO)
Prologue 3 will focus on the meeting of Scandinavian and Middle-Eastern cultures seen from their respective aesthetic expressions and practices. The following questions will be asked:

How do artists who live in, or whose background is the Middle-East, visualize and thematize their understanding of feminism and how is this perspective met in Scandinavia and Norway?

Can the artistic perspectives shed light on and add to a more nuanced outlook on the integration debate in Norway?  

By looking at the transcultural development in our society from an aesthetic perspective - can we open for new knowledge and a more nuanced dialogue in the areas of women’s rights, integration, cultural identity and the relevance of art in social change?