27. & 28. april 2019

Oslo Open er Norges største kunstfestival
som gir publikum mulighet til å se kunst i
kunstnerens atelier en helg i april hvert år.

I 2020 er Oslo Open 20 år.

Oslo Opens medlemmer
Billedkunstnerne i Oslo og Akershus (BOA)
Norske Kunsthåndverkere Oslo og Akershus (NKOA)
Oslo Opens referansegruppe

Oslo Opens referansegruppe
Astrup Fearnley Museet
Atelier Nord
Forbundet Frie Fotografer (FFF)
Kunstnernes Hus
Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design
Norsk Billedhoggerforening (NBF)
Norsk senter for teknologi i musikk og kunst (NOTAM)
Norske tekstilkuntnere/SOFT
Tegnerforbundet (TF)
Unge Kunstneres Samfund (UKS)

Umar, Ahmed

Skulptur, smykker, maleri og performance

Ahmed Umar (b. 1988)
I am influenced by my upbringing and the cultural surroundings of Sudan. I narrate the details in the contrast of living in secular society against my experience on living in a society structured around religion and strict traditions. I question, analyze, dismantle and reconstruct my past experiences using various types of media, such as sculpture, jewelry painting or performance. Motivated by resistance, guided by curiosity to find ansewrs, I use my art as a prove of my existence, a tool to claim my history or a voice to promote for LGBT+ rights in both Norway and Sudan.

Medlem av NK, BONO

Hijab (Annual Protection)
(Would any of you like to eat a dead brothers flesh?)
Thawr, Thawra ثور, ثوره (Ox, Revolution)
What Lasts! (Sarcophagus)

Planlagte prosjekter og utstillinger

-«Det Felles Eide», Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
-«Adornment and Gender: Engaging Conversations», Artist residency, PRAKSIS Oslo
- Jewelry installaton «Puissance d’Hijab» + performance «If you no longer have a family, make your own in clay», Bronks Theater, Brussels, Belgium
-«Carrying the ugly face», Kunstplass contemporary art, Oslo.

-«Espace protégé» , BOA, Oslo
-«Untitled yet … », KRAFT, Bergen



2014-2016: Master’s degree on Fine Arts – Medium and Material-based Arts,
Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo
2015: Student exchange program at ESAA École Duperré, Fashion design, Paris, France
2011-2014: Bachelor’s degree on printmaking, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo

Exhibitions and activities:

-«Det Felles Eide», Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
-«The NO as an obsession», Doing the No No seminar, performative presentation,
organised by Norwegian Crafts, «Schmuck2018» Munich, Germany


-«1900-tallet», display at the permemant exhibiton of Drammen Museum for Art and
Cultural History.
-Kunsthånverk2107, Norske kunst og hånverkers Årsutstilling, Nordenfjeldske
kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim (G).
-Particepant at «Why have there been no great non-European artists» round table talk,
Gallery Format, Oslo.
-«Shredded by Rumors», Nordic Black Theatre-Cafeteateret, Oslo.
-Speaker at «Firing Up» seminar, organized by Norske kunsthåndverkere, Bodø.
-«Kunsten å være syndig», Documentary film – collaboration with film maker Ibrahim
Mursal. Screened in Pride festivals in Bergen, Oslo, Trondheim, Kristiansand,
Tromsø and Stavanger. Also shown at Oslo Fusion film festival and in
HumanRights/HumanWrongs documentary film festival in Oslo, 2018.
-«Tribute to Ali», performance-20min, Galleri Format, Oslo.
-«Resilience», Galleri Format, Oslo (G).
-Art Fair Suomi, Helsinki, Finland.
-«Mina/Meg», collaboration with Zanele Muholi (ZA), Galleri KiT, Trondheim.
-Workshop facilitator on «Visual Activism», ISFit, Galleri KiT, Trondheim.
-«Bride/Groom of the Nile», photography for art publication 10Undersøkelser.


-«Mina/Meg»,Small Projects, Tromsø (G).
-«Prayer for the dead», performance 20min, Historical Museum, Oslo (G).
-«Mina/Meg», Historical Museum, Oslo (G).
-«The Silent After», Master’s degree graduation show, KHiO (G).
-«Pottery is back», Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo(G).


-«Lonliness, religion and melancholy», Oslo City Hall gallery (G)


-«Sky View», Ahus, Oslo (S)
-«Art for Palestine», Nordic Black theater-Cafeteateret, Oslo (G)
-«Black dream», Norberg Church, Oslo (G)
-«Words of Protection», Twisted Corener gallery, Oslo
-Bachelor’s degree Graduation exhibits, Oslo National Academy of the Arts KHiO (G)
-«Arrested», Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo (S)
-«Selfie», Seilduksgalleriet, Oslo (G)


-«Past, Present», painting, Nordic Black Theatre, Oslo
-«Life after Migrapolis», , Pride Parken, Oslo
-«Flashbacks», Holmenkollen Park Hotel (G)
-«Flashbacks», Kunstplass5, Oslo (G)
-«If you no longer have a family, make your own in caly», 60 min Performance, KHiO, Oslo


-Sinking self , Ceramic Sculpture, Prosjekt Torvet, KHiO , Oslo
-«Coming out hysteria», Pride Parken , Oslo (G)
-«Åpen Kunsthall», Kunsthall Oslo (G)


-«May we have a walk!», installation, KHiO, Oslo (G)
-«Totaly new in this life!», Pride Parken , Oslo (G)

Grants and Awards:

-Debutant Award, Kunsthånverk2107, Norske kunst og hånverkers Årsutstilling,
Nordenfjeldske kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim.
-Diversestipend, Kulturrådet(Arts Council Norway).

-The Art Student Grant from BKH (The Norwegian Relief Fund for Visual Artists).
-New Establishing Artists, Kulturrådet (Arts Council Norway).

-The Art Student Grant from BKH (The Norwegian Relief Fund for Visual Artists).

Public Collections:

-2017: Hijab(Necklace), Drammen Kunst Museum
-2017: Hijab (Annual Protection), Oslo Municipality Art Colletion

Linguistic Proficiency:

Arabic, native language
English, fluent
Norwegian, fluent
French, intermediate

Åpent på: Lørdag


Studio Ensjø

Ensjøveien 8, 0655 Oslo
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