Public statement by Apparatus 22, Augusto de Campos, Nina Canell, Catherine David, Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, Camilo Godoy, Délio Jasse, Sandra Jeppesen, Orietta Lanzarini, Maria Noujaim, Karol Radziszewski, Suely Rolnik, Marinella Senatore, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, and Trinh T. Minh-ha

14 June 2021 at 1:30am (CEST)

Curator Théo-Mario Coppola invited us to take part in HOUSE OF COMMONS, the project he conceived for the eleventh edition of the MOMENTUM biennale. It is with enthusiasm and commitment that we have worked with him on this project for more than a year.

We reiterate our confidence in Théo-Mario Coppola, and we have yet to receive clear justifications from the Galleri F 15 art centre for the alleged end of collaboration with him.

For the biennale to move forward, it is indispensable that the institution acknowledges Théo-Mario Coppola to be the author and curator of HOUSE OF COMMONS, and that it secures his return in this capacity. It is also crucial that a spirit of horizontality is recovered and that the values of the commons are respected.

We ask the institution to take a prompt decision for HOUSE OF COMMONS to be safeguarded and for our participation and collective work to be fulfilled.


Public statement by Théo-Mario Coppola

9 June 2021 at 5:00pm (CEST)

Last modified on 13 June 2021 at 2:00pm (CEST)

Galleri F 15, the institution that produces and organises the MOMENTUM biennale in Moss, Norway, is acting against HOUSE OF COMMONS, the project I have conceived for the eleventh edition, which is scheduled to open on 12 June 2021. For several months now, I have been confronted with serious acts that hinder the realisation of the project and prevent the exhibition from being implemented as I intend it to.

I cannot accept for HOUSE OF COMMONS, the project I am the exclusive author and curator of, to be disrespected and appropriated by the institution that is supposed to host it.

I observe that the conditions are not met for the exhibition to open on the scheduled date. At this stage I have no other choice but to refuse its disclosure.

This statement was amended to correct a syntactical error.