Rovaniemi Art Museum has produced an exhibition of the contemporary Native art of Alaska in collaboration with the Anchorage Museum, Alaska. The exhibition shows art of indigenous people, focusing on the high quality and challenging works from the collection of the Anchorage Museum.
The Anchorage Museum’s collections exist primarily as a means of fulfilling their mission to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret cultural materials which illustrate the art and history of Alaska and the circumpolar North. The Museum has important collections of Alaska Native artifacts, historical and contemporary artwork, and objects that illustrate Alaska's history. The Alaska Native collections are the largest component of the Anchorage Museum’s collections. The Museum is particularly proud of its strong collection of contemporary Alaska Native art which contains works by Alvin Amason, Rebecca Lyon, Da-ka-xeen Mehner, Erica Lord, Larry Beck, Nicholas Galanin and Sonya Kelliher-Combs as well as many others.
The exhibition Place of Origin is shown in Rovaniemi Art Museum. The exhibition makes both art and cultural heritage of the Arctic available and enables the better understanding of Arcic art. Some of the Alaska Native art speaks of the cultural heritage in a whisper; some call out in a loud, clear voice.
The exhibition is funded by Anchorage Museum, Jenny ja Antti Wihuri Foundation, Nordisk Kulturfond, Nordic Culture Point, US Embassy and Rovaniemi Art Museum Friends.
Da-ka-xeen Mehner, Being the Song, 2012. Photo: Anchorage Museum
Rebecca Lyon, Women of the North, 2004. Photo: Anchorage Museum
Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Goodbye. Photo: Adam Eronen Piper / Rovaniemen art museum
Place of Origin exhibition view. In front the sculpture by Lawrence Ahvakana, Man With the Burden (1974). Photo: Adam Eronen Piper / Rovaniemi art museum
Fringe refers to the outer edge, the margin or the periphery. When something is regarded as peripheral, marginal or extreme in relation to something it often needs to be respected and protected. The exhibition makes connections through art and crafts showing works by artists that have studied the themes of dialogue from various perspectives with handmade techniques. This Arctic context is diverse, including dialogue with: the nature; people in the Arctic region; aesthetic experience; different generations; traditions; indigenous and non-indigenous art and culture. All those aspects are important factors in the sustainable future of the Arctic art and culture. The theme dialogue has dimensions in cultural sustainability and issues connected to the ownership of culture, transformation of traditions and inter- and multicultural nature of the Arctic communities.
The artworks shown at Fringe reflect on different aspects of our existence today. The exhibition includes different threats including traditions and the relationships between contemporary setting and old traditions. The arctic handmade aims to increase appreciation and understanding of the diverse use of handicrafts in contemporary art reflecting on and fostering resilience among the exhibition visitors, through reflections of the North. A collaboration between humans functions well when all members of the team actively contribute with their expertise, experience and different perspectives. Consequently, in good teams, everyone has the opportunity to contribute and flourish.
Alison Aune, Sky, 2016, acrylic and paper on canvas
The exhibition is part of the Arctic Handmade collaboration between three universities, Iceland University of the arts (IS), University of Lapland, (FI) and Sami Allaskuvla / Sami University of Applied Sciences, (NO) as well as the Arctic Art Forum (RU). The first exhibition under the project was called Interwoven and shown in Rovaniemi and Reykjavik. The project has been beneficial to all as it has shed a light on cultural awareness and given the participants international experience through rich dialogue. The curator and producers of the Fringe are Ekaterina Sharova, Maria Huhmarniemi and Ásthildur Jónsdóttir. The exhibition is funded by the Nordic Culture Fund, the University of Lapland and Sami Allaskuvla / Sami University of Applied Sciences.
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Louise Harris, Flowers of the Field, 2016, felt, 43 x 68 cm
Gunvor Guttorm, My Way to Iesvuodat (carafes with knitted cover and reindeer horn lid)
Garden, 2011, crochet wool, plant dye, size variable
Elina Härkönen, Miia Mäkinen, Maria Huhmarniemi & Jari Rinne Shared woollen patterns, 2019
Transmission of Knowledge is this year’s theme of the ‘Young Arctic Artists’ exhibition; a three year project dedicated to create networks between young artists, curators and art producers living in the northern Arctic region. This year’s edition presents young artists from Northern areas of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Canada and Russia. The artists’ works address the common theme of Transmission of Knowledge in many different ways. Some of the works are based in digital simulation and some in exaggerated caricatures of contemporary folk culture, while many of them have a starting point on the cultural knowledge of Northern people. The selected works explore the questions of time before and after us. What do we know about it? In what quantity does our family or inheritance store the memory, memories and knowledge?
The exhibition is managed by Artists' Association of Lapland and co-curated by media-artists Ninni Korkalo (FI) and Panu Johansson (FI). The project is funded by the Nordic Culture Fund, The Arts Promotion Centre Finland - The Regional Office of Lapland, and the Artists' Association of Lapland.
Selected Artists are Jordan Bennet (Mi’kmaq- Stephenville Crossing Ktaqamkuk, Newfoundland, CA), Laura Heuberger (SE),Oleg Khadartsev & Sergey Kislov (RU), Sanna Korteniemi (FI), Marjo Pernu (FI), Guro Rex (SE), Elina Waage Mikalsen (Sápmi, NO). The artists and curators are presented here!
Opening on Tuesday 4th of June 19.30 pm - 22 pm
The Transactions and impulsions exhibition at the University of Lapland galleries shows works by artist from Canada, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation, and USA. Most of the invited artist are partners of the Arctic Sustainable Art and Design (ASAD) Thematic Network with aims to identify and share innovative practices promoting sustainable and responsible models of art and cooperation in education and art based research. The curators are Mirja Hiltunen and Timo Haanpää from the University of Lapland. The artworks show how the contemporary artist present and construct the multi-faced Arctic through their art and art based research, also in educational context. Artists of the exhibition come from Arctic and beyond.
Charles Licka & Jeanne Ilgen, Siren Surge II
Ruth Beer, still from the video Intersections, video with sound
Torunn P. Dagsland, Sami blood / Sami Varra, 2018, Old weaving technique (honeycomb weave) and embroidery (wool yarn, raw wool, silk, nylon and embroidery yarn)
Tanja Koistinen: from the series Potential partnership, 2018, photo by Juliana Semenova
In Rovaniemi Art Museum the northern art breaks free from the museum and takes over the facade of the building. Artists making their marks to the wall of the old post bus depot are Hanna Kanto, Samuli Kontio (Finland), Vemund Thoe (Norway), Iliya Baidak (Russia) and Anders Sunna (Sweden). Paintings are revealed on Tuesday 4th June at 6 pm. The Rovaniemi Art Museum has produced the event in collaboration with curators collective Pikene på Broen. The production is supported by Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation and Arts Promotion Centre Finland - Rovaniemi office. The artists are presented here.