Saturday 6pm: Mar 09, 2013
Osterhausgate 12, Oslo


Artist talk by Roee Rosen

Roee Rosen will present two fictive identities, The Jewish Belgian Surrealist painter and pornographer Justine Frank (1900-1943), and the young Russian Poet and artist Maxim Komar-Myshkin who committed suicide in 2011.

Rosen dedicated many years to his fictive feminine persona, the Jewish-Belgian Surrealist painter and pornographer Justine Frank, a project that entailed fabricating her entire oeuvre as well as writing biographical and theoretical text about her, and the novel she supposedly authored. Rosen's book, Justine Frank, Sweet Sweat (Sternberg Press) was listed as one of the best books of 2009 by Artforum magazine. In 2008, Frank's "retrospective" was exhibited at Extra-City, in her native town, Antwerp (an exhibition curated by Hila Peleg).

Maxim Komar-Myshkin's Vladimir's Night is a hybrid of a children book, an exceedingly gory martyrdom and, perhaps, a twisted political treatise. Here, Vladimir (Putin, although the name is never mentioned), is both a little child and a political leader vacating in his summer mansion. Before falling asleep he is joined in bed by numerous animated objects. What begins as merry frolicking soon turns violent; Vladimir is molested, tortured and finally murdered by them.


ROEE ROSEN (b. 1963) is an Israeli-American artist, filmmaker and writer. He heads the advanced visual arts program at Ha'Midrasha Art College, in Israel, and teaches at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem. Rosen's painting and text installation, Live and Die as Eva Braun (1995-1997), stirred a scandal when first exhibited at the Israel Museum. Eva Braun was later recognized as groundbreaking in its approach to the representation of the holocaust, and was exhibited in Berlin and in New York and Warsaw. In 2010 Rosen created two films. Hilarious and Out, in which a BDSM session becomes a political exorcism. Out premiered at the Venice film festival, where it won the Orizzonti award for best medium-length film. The film went on the win several awards, including a nomination for the European Academy award. In 2012 The Oberhausen International short film festival profiled Rosen's work.