Posts Tagged ‘Svein Nyhus’

An evening at KinoKino

February 13, 2011

We recently spent an evening at the center of art and film KinoKino in Sandnes, just outside of Stavanger. Currently, KinoKino is housing the exhibition Serieglobus, comic book artists’ view on the conflicts of the world. The exhibition is curated by Morten Harper and features work by international artists such as Marjane Satrapis (Persepolis), Ted Rall (The Afghan Sketchbook), Guy Desisle (Burma Chronicles) and Art Spiegelman (Maus).

But seeing Serieglobus was just an added bonus to our visit as our main purpose was to see the screenings of three new animated films: The Lost Thing based on the book by Shaun Tan (Nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award), Angry Man based on the book by Gro Dahle and Svein Nyhus (Nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award) and A Town called Panic by Belgian animators Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier.

The Lost Thing is a beautifully animated film, true to the spirit and rhythm of the Shaun Tan’s reto-futuristic book.

Watch the trailer here:

Angry man came about as a project to empower children who grow up in families suffering from domestic violence. Both the book and the film have been in the Norwegian Red Cross’s programs to raise awareness against domestic violence. Directed and produced by Anita Kill, it has already received several international short film awards.

Finally, A town called Panic, is a hilariously anarchic animation! The Belgians already have a strong cult following in their home country and it would be surprising if their original sense of humor won’t conquer the rest of Europe.

Two happy filmlovers in the audience: 2010 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award recipient Kitty Crowther together with Swedish picture book artist Gunilla Bergström.

Nyhus & Nyhus

February 10, 2011

Twin brothers Svein Nyhus and Egil Nyhus captivated the audience when they presented their work at Maktens Pluttifikasjon in Stavanger. Illustrating twins aren’t an exclusivity for Norway. In Sweden, Lisen Adbåge and Emma Adbåge (also present in Stavanger) booth have successful careers as picture book artists. But the interesting thing about the Nyhus brothers are that they work in very different fields of picture book illustration.

This became very apparent in their presentation. Svein Nyhus counts as one of the great innovators of Norwegian illustration. In fact, he is nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award together with writer Gro Dahle. Egil Nyhus, on the other hand, has chosen a more commercial path, illustrating the hugely successful Kaptein Sabeltann series. In other words, Egil Nyhus route has been much more lucrative. So far. In case Svein Nyhus actually receives the 5 million SEK Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award this will change overnight. But Egil Nyhus need not to worry. He showed a signed contract that guarantees him half the award total in case his brother wins!

In any case, we are sure to hear more from these highly talented and productive brothers.

Stavanger calling!

January 17, 2011

Under the artistic leadership of Ine Marit Torsvik Bertelsen, the biannual children’s literature conference in Stavanger is dubbed Maktens Pluttifikasjon and aims to raise questions of power, transition and social class in the world of children’s literature.

The conference program features researchers, authors, illustrators and promoters of reading, mostly from Scandivia, but also from other parts of the world.

Highlights in the program include:

  • This year’s Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner Kitty Crowther will present her work with special focus on her latest book Le petit homme et Dieu.
  • Professor Maria Nikolajeva, former member of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury, will speak under the title Knowledge is power.
  • Author Stefan Casta, member of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury, will speak about The powerlessness of the Author.
  • Researcher Lena Kåreland will speak about the Different disguises of power in Swedish young adult literature.
  • Illustrators Svein Nyhus (Norway) and Carll Cneut (Belgium), both nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, will present their work.

The conference will aslo feature interesting debates, one of which will cover how Norwegian children’s literature is received and reviewed in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. In this debate the translator Gabriele Haefs, who held a very inspirational acceptance speach as she received the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis 2009, will participate.

Maktens Pluttifikasjon takes place 7-9 February. Here’s where you sign up!