The Global Art Project

The Sea is History

The exhibition title is inspired by the epic poem by the St. Lucian Nobel-laureate poet Derek Walcott. The reference serves to emphasize the poetic undercurrent of the exhibition, while also highlighting the relevance of great Caribbean thinkers such as Derek Walcott, Stuart Hall, and Édouard Glissant within a wider geographical and theoretical context. The exhibition features work by prominent contemporary artists who address issues of migration and displacement from both a historical and contemporary perspective. 

Participating artists: John Akomfrah, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Andrea Chung, Christopher Cozier, Manthia Diawara, Isaac Julien, Hew Locke, and Nyugen E. Smith.   

The Sea is History is curated by Selene Wendt for The Museum of Cultural History, Oslo, Norway, and will take place May-August, 2019. 

Orhan Pamuk: The Art of Fiction - In the Museum

A full-day seminar at The Museum of Cultural History with guest lecturers, including Selene Wendt who will speak in detail about the exhibition Orhan Pamuk: The Art of Fiction. 

Selene Wendt’s lecture will focus on the importance of Orhan Pamuk as a visual artist, highlighting how his role as a collector has had a tremendous impact on both is writing and his art. She will discuss the significance of Orhan Pamuk’s notebooks filled with texts, sketches, and watercolors as an integral part of his creative process. An in-depth analysis of the vitrines from The Museum of Innocence will highlight the factors that transform the objects Pamuk collects into art. The intricate relationship between the novel and the museum will be addressed through a comparative analysis between the vitrines and their corresponding chapters from the novel. The balance between fiction and reality is emphasized throughout, as is the significance of innocence, and the magic of objects. Anchoring the lecture within an art historical framework, she will also analyze the direct links between the vitrines and Dutch 16th and 17th century vanitas painting, as well as the similarity to Joseph Cornell’s shadow boxes, ultimately revealing the ways in which Orhan Pamuk has extended beyond the boundaries of both literature and art.

Monday September 11, 2017 at The Museum of Cultural History, Oslo, Norway—-in-the-museum.html

Selene Wendt interviewed by Jacqueline Bishop for The Huffington Post

In her ongoing series for The Huffington Post, Jacqueline Bishop selects individuals in the art world who she interviews on a monthly basis. 

Jacqueline Bishop’s interview with Selene Wendt appeared in The Huffington Post on May 13, 2016.



Film about The Art of Storytelling book project

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New dates for The Art of Storytelling / Novas datas para A arte de contar histórias

After being closed for one year for renovations, Museu de Arte Contemporanea (MAC) Niteroi, Brazil will reopen with The Art of Storytelling as one of its inaugural exhibitions, to take place June 11 - June 24, 2016. 

The Art of Storytelling features work by Brazilian and international artists who are directly inspired by literature and/or poetry. Participating artists: Sergio Bernardes & Guilherme Vaz; Dulcineia Catadora; Marilá Dardot; Fabio Morais; Ernesto Neto; Rosana Ricalde; Valeska Soares; Elida Tessler; Gilvan Barreto; Magne Furuholmen; Lobato & Guimarães; William Kentridge; Cristina Lucas; Ulf Nilsen; Andre Parente; Rodrigo Petrella; Eder Santos and Nina Yuen. 

A special Dulcineia Catadora collaborative book project is integral to The Art of Storytelling exhibition concept. The Sao Paulo-based Dulcineia Catadora artist/writers collective typically uses art and literature as tools for inspiration and empowerment on a societal level, in this case involving the local community of Niteroi. Within the context of an international exhibition centered on the power of storytelling, this collaborative project allowed completely new stories and narratives to unfold. The goal was to engage, give voice to, and empower youth from the local community.  The tangible results are seen in the book/catalogue for the exhibition and the video that documents the workshops, where youth from the neighboring Morro do Palacio favela were introduced to writers, poets and artists. Each hand-painted cover, and the collaborative work featured in The Art of Storytelling, was created by youth who participated in workshops that took place over a period of several months.  The workshops were structured to directly engage youth from the local community in the creative process and outcome of The Art of  Storytelling book/exhibition catalogue. Lúcia Rosa of the Dulcineia Catadora collective conducted these workshops and also invited other artists and writers into the project, including Magne Furuholmen, Rosana Ricalde, Fabio Morais, Paulo Scott, Xico Sá and Sergio Sant´Anna, further emphasizing the dialogue between art and literature that is the source of inspiration for the exhibition.