A Small Big Thing
Installation shot: Øystein Thorvaldsen / Henie Onstad Archive
Jumana Manna is a distinctive artist of her generation. In the past years, Manna has pushed the boundaries of art while working with moving image and sculpture. A Small Big Thing is her first solo museum presentation.
The exhibition includes the Norwegian premiere of the film Wild Relatives (2018), a meditative documentary capturing the transit of seeds between the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to the fields of the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Alongside the film, are two installations that question archival practices. In the adjacent gallery space another two installations present the fragmented body in relation to its location.
The title “A Small Big Thing” reveals the various connotations of scale present in the artist’s practice as well as in the configurations of the works in the exhibition complex. From the flat film screen to the three-dimensional space her sculptures occupy, scale is an instrument for Manna’s archaeological explorations of classification methos and biological processes.
The exhibition spans and makes meaningful contributions to diverse disciplines, from photography and film to sculpture, collage and installation.