martinka bobrikova & oscar de carmen


Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen

Working together as an artist duo since 2005. We both hold MFA from Nordic Sound Art programme and Malmo Art Academy, Sweden.

We work around the idea of an open interaction with the art world beyond the dialogue of what can be considered institutional or not, to see our artistic practice as a single space of coexistence and confluence. We believe that this context is emerging as one of the only exchanging environments to promote social transformation. This approach allows us to critically investigate our roots and social habits, questioning the mechanisms and contexts which creates powerful current systems of values.
Our vision is to show an analysis of the synergy between the economic system and the drift of current biocenosis, aiming at the creation of new social ecosystems by intervening on the border between art and topical issues of contemporary life in order to carry out a proposal between the transient and the utopian.

Since 2012 we run Nomad AIR, a Nomadic artist-in-residence program focuses on the notion of hospitality and the social relations between “host” and “guest” para-siting the infrastructure of other institutions. The project starts from the idea of looking over the dynamics, meaning, phenomena and processes of international artist residency programs. The main concept centres on human relationships created within the residency format, and us as artists intervening in this framework by acting as managers. Nomad Air raises physical spatiality within the sphere of off shoring with the intention to expand a narrative field beyond the standard homogenization of common artistic residencies.

In 2017, together with Linnea Larsson, we have co-funded the project / residency program Future Utopia Community Key which is dedicated to the activities in the rural village of Uddebo and the area. The objective is to respond to the specific needs of the local and social context belonging to a rural community committed to economic sustainability, where the inhabitants claim the defence of the intangible, of the pro-common. The Residence program is a collaborative agency, dedicated to new social bonding and community building. It’s a process-oriented platform with a cross-disciplinary approach.

We have participated in several residencies such as Jatiwangi Art Factory in Indonesia, AIR Krems, Sweet Home / Hablar en Arte / Curators Network in Madrid, Arctic Art Institute in Archangelsk, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, HomeBase Saitama, KulturKontakt Austria, Nida art Colony in Lithuania, Latent Spaces in Singapore or MeetFactory in Prague. Our works were presented in venues and projects such as 35M2 in Prague, Oksasenkatu11 in Helsinki, Galleri BOA, Oslo (2018); RAM Galleri, Oslo; 5th Odessa Biennale, Fotogalleriet, Oslo; Agrikultura Triennial, Malmo, SE; Greenlight District, Skien, NO; Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Seoul, KR (2017); Saitama Triennial, JP; Nitra Gallery, SK; Akershus Kunstnersenter, Lillestrom, NO; Tranzit, Bratislava, SK (2016); 2nd Tbilisi Triennial, Tbilisi, GE; Prague Quadrennial, Prague, CZ; Babel Art Space in Trondheim, NO; Entrance Gallery in Prague, CZ (2015); Post-PopUp at CCA, Centre Contemporary Art Singapore, SG; Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO; ANX/ Atelier Nord in Oslo, NO; Skanes Konstforening, Malmo, SE; City Gallery Bratislava, SK (2014); Nitra Gallery, Nitra, SK; Karlin studio, Prague, CZ; Rake, Trondheim, NO (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, DK; KURANT, Trømso, NO (2012); Singuhr, Berlin, DE (2011); Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi, Tbilisi, GE; Roda Sten, Gothenburg, SE; City Museum, Gothenburg, SE; Space gallery, Bratislava, SK (2010).

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