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Photo: Kirsty Kross, 2021 by Pina Stroynowska
Photo: Kirsty Kross, 2021 by Pina Stroynowska

Open Forum: Kirsty Kross / Artist Talk

Kirsty Kross is an eco-feminist artist whose practice includes performance, music, drawing, painting and installation.

Free & open to all (snacks and refreshments provided)

Kirsty Kross. Her work focuses largely on human relationships to the attention economy and increasing ecological, economic and political uncertainties. She tries to find ways of engaging audiences with these difficult subjects through darkly, absurd humorous interventions. She is often costumed as her artistic avatar, the Coral Trout- a fish from the endangered Great Barrier Reef of her native Queensland. The fish relates to Kross´ artistic development and identity, but also relates to the pre-Christian spiritual beliefs of the Eastern Mediterranean that existed before the binary systems established in Ancient Greece.
She holds a Masters from The Berlin University of the Arts and also has a Bachelor degree in Art History from The University of Queensland. In Norway, Kirsty Kross has exhibited and performed at Bergen Assembly, Høstutstillingen, KUBE, Tenthaus and PINK CUBE, whilst inBerlin she has performed at Clockwork Gallery, Parkhaus Projects and Galerie Crystal Ball. In September 2022, she performed One Night Only Chandeliers at the National Museum of Norway as part of the opening exhibition, Jeg kaller det Kunst.
From 2000 to 2010, Kirsty Kross was a founder and member of the electro punk band, Team Plastique that played at events such as the Glastonbury Festival in 2008, the closing party of the Berlin Biennial in 2006 and the Big Day Out in Australia in 2003 and 2004.

Open Forum is a student-run initiative from the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo that facilitates lectures, talks and other live events within fluid settings. We gather the voices of different cultural workers, artists, curators and organizations operating in and out of Norway, to create a dynamic space for a meaningful exchange of ideas and debate between our community.