The exhibition includes works by artists associated with four universities in the Arctic region; the University of Lapland, the Sámi University College, Bergen University and Iceland Academy of the Arts. Sustainability, crafts and culture form the starting point of all the works in the exhibition. The focus of the works is diverse; Sami duodji, nature, colours, culture, daily life, memories, with some requiring direct participation of the audience. The exhibiting artists and designers explore the boundaries and bridges between art and traditional crafts. Arts, crafts and design are strongly intertwined in our daily lives. Thus we are not always aware of their presence and influence on us.
This exhibition shows how contemporary art and design converges with traditional crafts. The artworks embrace traditional knowledge and practices and consider the balance between aesthetic and function where old traditions have acquired new content. Techniques and traditions are transformed through the use of a variety of materials; trying them in a new context, preserving yet altering earlier knowledge. The curator is Ásthildur Jónsdóttir, assistant professor at the Iceland Academy of the Arts.
Symposiums and workshops will be organised in conjunction with the exhibition. The project is funded by the Nordic Culture Fund, and part of Arctic Sustainable Arts and Design network in the University of Arctic.
The workshops are free of charge and open for anybody. The artists use English language in the workshops. There is no need for registration – you can just arrive to the workshop.
Thelma Björk Jónsdóttir has a workshop with seniors at 12pm-2pm in Helmikammari – homely meeting place for eldery people – in the address Pohjolankatu 4
Jóní Jónsdóttir has workshop Mamma-Memory in the Napa Gallery at 13-15pm, in the address Kairatie 3, maximum 10 participants.
Maria Huhmarniemi, firstname.lastname@example.org, +35840 763 9948