Beyond Horizons_Programme

Geir Tore Holm, Siri Hermansen, Matti Aikio, Karianne Stensland, Tanya Busse, Emilija Skarnulyte, Kjetil Berge and Oliver Ressler. Production year 2014. 1t 30m. Curated by Hanne Hammer Stien and produced by Ivar Smedstad and Nina Toft.

Governance of natural resources and the rights to the land and the sea

The expression “looking beyond the horizon” can be understood as meaning to search for new knowledge, or to look towards what we can’t yet fully understand or perceive. The program Beyond Horizons focuses on works by artists who question the governance of natural resources in Northern Norway and The High North. An important issue in this regard is the right to the land and the sea. Another central issue is climate change, and the impact local interventions can have on a global scale. By exploring these themes the artists included in this program imply that we need to think anew, or even learn from what we already know to look beyond the given horizons. Though these themes are highly relevant in the present geopolitical situation, the films shown in the program also relate to a tradition within visual art dealing with Northern Norway. Since the 15th Century Northern Norway has been a popular motive for scientists, artists and travellers. While an outside gaze for a long time characterized the schema of Northern Norway within visual arts, the creation of a Northern Norwegian identity and the revitalisation of Sami and Kven culture contributed to the creation of an inside gaze from 1970s and onwards. Artists’ interest in Northern Norway and The High North has increased lately due to the current political situation, and the discourses produced on Northern Norway within the field of visual art seem more diverse than ever before. Even so, like during Romanticism nature is still a core concept in artworks relating to Northern Norway and The High North.

Beyond Horizons is curated by Hanne Hammer Stien and produced by Ivar Smedstad and Nina Toft. Participating artists are Geir Tore Holm, Siri Hermansen, Matti Aikio, Karianne Stensland, Tanya Busse, Emilija Skarnulyte, Kjetil Berge and Oliver Ressler.

The screening will take place at Verdensteateret at 1PM on Wednesday January 14th, followed by a debate at Verkstedet, KulturHuset at 3.15 PM.

Programme details are also available in the festival programme. The programme is supported by The Austrian Embassy in Oslo.

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