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ELIA Academy 2023: Visitors’ portraits

ELIA Academy 2023: Visitors’ portraits

Belén Santillán and Katja Henriksen Schia from Art and Public Space will participate in ELIA Academy 2023, and have been selected as the Closing Contribution to this year's conference.

Visitors’ portraits (May 12, 12:00–13:00)

Katja Henriksen Schia, Belén Santillán, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway.
In our actual context, higher education is facing major challenges, like budget cuts and tuition fees for non-European students. Therefore, more barriers to access are created. The intervention ‘Visitors’ Portraits’ is a political-poetical statement, thinking about gates and gatekeeping. Though the doors of higher education institutions are open, what keeps many from entering? Through a combination of questions that can portray a visitor’s imaginary about a situated art field (a specific art school, the access to culture and education in a context), we made an intervention-action in our current institution, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, during its Open Day to Visitors 2022.

Henriksen Schia and Santillán will connect with participants, offering them a portrait, and share a conversation about their relationship with the place, including their thoughts about access to higher education and the future they envision for themselves and the university.