Wednesday 5. June 209, Mauri Hal, in the University of Lapland
Theme Networking, Cooperating and collaborating: Creating powerful circumpolar infrastructures
Artists, museum directors, curators and experts in cultural policy explore a variety of related themes including the potential of network funding, curatorial policy and action research focused on social and ecological issue. Together, the topics of Arctic residences, curatorial issues and network funding point towards the potential for powerful, sustainable infrastructures.
Lea O’Loughlin (UK)
Lea O’Loughlin is Co-Director of Acme Studios in London, UK, and President of the Board of Res Artis, the international professional body for artist residencies. Acme supports the development and production of art by reducing the practical challenges that artists face, increasing their ability to take creative risks. By providing affordable studio and living space, residences and awards, opportunities and other support, Acme has supported over 7,000 artists at all stages of their careers since 1972. Res Artis supports over 750 member organisations in more than 80 countries. Based in Amsterdam with two satellite offices in Melbourne and Tehran Res Artis’ global reach promotes artist residencies as a vital part component of the contemporary arts and culture landscape, stimulating the creative development and mobility of artists, and furthering intercultural understanding.
Jasmina Bosnjak (NO/SER)
Jasmina Bosnjak (NO/SER) graduated from the Fine Art Academy at the University of Novi Sad (Serbia) in 2002, and holds a masters degree from the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, NTNU (2006). She worked as a co-ordinator at the Nordic Artists' Centre in Dale (NKD), one of Norway's largest residency centres from 2009-2012. Since 2012 she has been working as an adviser for visual arts and project manager at the Department of Culture at Troms County Council. She is a member of the Expert Committee for visual arts at Norwegian Cultural Fund, Arts Council Norway (2017-2019). She lives and works in Tromsø, Norway.
Hanna Isaksson is Director at Resurscentrum för konst (ArtNorth -
Norrbotten Contemporary Art Development Center). Hanna is based in
Luleå, Sweden, since 2016. She has previously worked as the CEO at the
National Artis’t Organization and Marketing director/Producer at
Havremagasinet International Art Gallery. Resurscentrum för konst works
to strengthen the professional art scene in northern Sweden by creating
exhibition possibilities, facilitating commissions as well as organizing
education programs for contemporary artists and professional craft
makers. Resurscentrum för konst is currently building a new
Artist-in-Residence program called Swedish Lapland AiR that was launched
Javier Rodriguez is an artist based between London and Sweden. He
founded Standart Thinking in London,a collaborative project rooted in
action research and education set within a social- ecological framework.
The project seeks to provide a meeting place for the integration of
practices and skill sharing between artists, designers, food producers,
scientists and the broad community. Rodriguez considers a key issue the
need to contextualise the discourse around conservation, heritage and
cultural development using contemporary means of communication and
action in order to reach a wider audience and attract active
participation to ensure a sustainable approach for the preservation of
cultural and natural assets. His experience and intentions are now
focused with his work at Northern Sustainable Futures, an independent
organisation in its germination period located in the region of
Norrbotten, driven by the long term ambition to activate an enabling
ecosystem for cultural and sustainable development in the nordic
Varvara Feklistova (RU)
Varvara Feklistova is coordinator of the Karelian Art Residency, chief administrator of the Vyhod Media Center based in Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia,Russia. Running international exchange residency and exhibition projects. Concentrate on developing new project « Karelian art-residency network and Art tourism» supported by ENI Karelia CBC programme. The project is aimed to improve the system of production of contemporary culture services and products in cross-border region through the resources of art-residency network and cross-sectoral approach.
This session is dedicated to art from the Arctic region: its specifics, challenges, and trajectories. Five international curators working within the Northern perspective will share their experience and visions towards the past, present, and future of the Arctic art. What defines Arctic art today? How do the artists balance between local and global? What is the role of Arctic art in the international context? By sketching a map of crucial questions faced by the current Arctic art scene, the session opens up a stage for a discussion and invites the audience to participate.
Anastasia Patsey (RU)
Anastasia Patsey is a curator based in St. Petersburg, Russia and
working internationally. She graduated from the St. Petersburg Stieglitz
Art Academy and holds a dual MA in curatorial studies of the St.
Petersburg State University and the Bard College NY. Since 2012 she is a
permanent member of the curatorial team at the “Pushkinskaya-10”—
Russia’s oldest non-governmental artist-run institution (f. 1989).
Anastasia Patsey is co-founder and head of the St. Petersburg Art
Residency. Since 2015 she also holds the directorial position at the
Museum of nonconformist art. Besides her institutional practice she
works as an independent curator and is regularly invited as a guest
lecturer by universities and educational programs. Her academic research
is dedicated to art residencies, cultural mobility and modern nomadism.
Charis Gullickson (USA/NO)
Charis Gullickson was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Gullickson holds an MA in art history from UiT - The Arctic University of Norway and a BA in art history from Montana State University in Bozeman. She is curator at Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum and specializes in contemporary art from the circumpolar north. She has curated several exhibitions with accompanying publications, such as 'Intersections: Aslaug M. Juliussen' (2018), 'I Craft, I Travel Light' (2017), 'Inger Johanne Grytting: Extensions' (2015), 'Sámi Stories: Art and Identity of an Arctic People' (2014), 'Tech-Stiles' (2012), 'Parallels' (2011), and 'Iver Jåks: Reconstructed' (2010). Gullickson starts a PhD - a practice-based project focusing on curatorial strategies and methods in fall of 2019.
Jaimie Isaac (CA)
Jaimie Isaac is a Winnipeg-based curator and interdisciplinary artist, member of Sagkeeng First Nation in Treaty 1 territory of Anishinaabe and British heritage. Isaac holds a degree in Art History and an Arts and Cultural Management Certificate from the University of Winnipeg and a Masters of Arts from the University of British Columbia, with research focus on Indigenous Curatorial Praxis, and methodologies in decolonizing and Indigenizing. Recent exhibitions include Woven Together at the Kelowna Art Gallery, at the Winnipeg Art Gallery; organic, Insurgence Resurgence (co curated with Julie Nagam) and Vernon Ah Kee: cantchant, Boarder X, We Are On Treaty Land, and Quiyuktchigaewin; Making Good. Isaac co-founded of The Ephemerals Collective (with Niki Little and Jenny Western), which was long-listed for the 2017 and 2019 Sobey Art Award. Jaimie collaborated on the artistic team with KC Adams and Val Vint with on a public sculpture at the Forks called Nimama at South Point path; Niizhoziibean and collaborated on a public art project, Cyclical Motion: Indigenous Art & Placemaking curated by Jenny Western. She collaborated on the official denial (trade value in progress) a national project with Leah Decter .
Maria Ragnestam (SE)
Maria Ragnestam is a curator and the Artistic Director for Konstmuseet i Norr. Since 2011 she has been running the project to actualise an art museum in Kiruna, which opened in November 2018. Ragnestam is a board member of Statens kulturråd (The Swedish Arts Council) for image and form. She has worked as head of jury for Konstens väg in Övertorneå to procure public art, written a monthly column about art for the regional press and has produced numerous texts for different publications. Reoccurring themes that interest Ragnestam in her work is gender questions and native people.
Ingrid Valan (NO)
Ingrid Valan holds an MA in Art History with contemporary art as specialized field, from the University in Oslo and Goldsmiths, University College of London. After graduating in 2013, Ingrid has worked as an art educator at the Astrup Fearnley Museum, the Vigeland Museum and Høstutstillingen in Oslo. Ingrid has written and published texts about contemporary art, among others for the Norwegian art magazine Kunstforum, and worked at several of the popup exhibitions of the Oslo based art dealer and consultant company, ArtWalk. Since June 2014, Ingrid has been part of the Pikene på Broen´s team in Kirkenes, working as a curator. Pikene på Broen is an organisation with idealist roots that has developed to be one of the most important cultural actors in the Barents Region; developing projects such as the multilateral Interreg Kolarctic project 'Migration' in 2002, since 2004 the annual art and culture festival 'Barents Spektakel' and the international residency programme 'BAR International' and three 'Barents Triennale' (EU cultural projects). In 2017, Pikene på Broen established the project, workshop and dialogue space 'Terminal B' in the centre of Kirkenes.
What does it mean to consider accessibility when planning art production? Or an art event? Art education? Art funding? An art institution? Who benefits from accessibility? Who benefits from a non-accessible art world? Access all areas is a panel discussion on equality. It’s a safer space where the participants and the audience have permission to be smart, annoying, active, passive, ignorant, pleasant, loud or quiet and most importantly to think either outside or inside the box, to agree or disagree. It’s an effort to understand existing structures and their reasons but also an effort to openly think about other ways of being. Effort in itself is a key. We recognize the possibilities in going the extra mile and we praise the profits of hardship. Access all areas is not effortless nor easy and that is important when making change.
Marika Räty (FI)
Also known as the performance artist Maire Karuvuori, Marika Räty works as a performance art representative coordinator and advisor (läänintaiteilija) for a governmental bureau, Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike). The core of her work is to enhance the working conditions and opportunities for professional Finnish performance artists and the most prominent personal guideline to her work is to implement feminist thinking, sustainability, equality and accessibility in all her processes. Räty most often builds her work projects around bringing people together and helping them communicate together. Outside her work at Taike she has been hosting and moderating seminars, talks and galas for the national Dance network, arts associations and the university of Lapland. Also her artistic work often revolves around talking, listening, learning and teaching. She is a part of the feminist Performance duo Horonkäristys.
Kristina Dryagina (RU)
Kristina Dryagina is a curator, graduated from the University of Culture and Arts in St. Petersburg, she has a MA in cultural management. For two years from 2015 to 2017, Kristina was the director of the exhibition hall in Arkhangelsk. In 2016, she joined the Arctic Art Institute – an international project bureau in the Russian North, in the Euro-Arctic region of Russia, close to Scandinavia. Since 2016, Kristina is a co-curator of the Arctic Art Forum. For two years, Kristina has been working with studies of independent art organizations and initiatives in the field of contemporary art. In 2018, Kristina created a project-laboratory of movement of borders for local artists, the result of which was the performance «Living Currents». Kristina's professional interest is in the field of performance, sustainability and the study of human relations in the Arctic region.
Zhanna Guzenko (RU)
Since 2014 Zhanna Guzenko has been a culture roducer at Fridaymilk, independent curating organisation based over the Polar Circle, Murmansk (Russia) which aims to develop culture and art in the North. United by the idea of Northern identity Fridaymilk is promoting the concept of cultural decentralization by shifting the cultural centres «from capitals to remote areas». Guzenko has a wide knowledge of Barents cooperation while being an executive officer at Barents youth cooperation office in 2014-2016. Currently Zhanna Guzenko is producing Inversia, audiovisual festival in Murmansk and collective art-residency called Uncapitals.
Lena Ylipää (SE)
Lena Ylipää is an artist based in Lainio and Boden in Norrbotten county. Since graduating from The University of Arts, Craft and Design in Stockholm in 1996, Ylipää has, besides her artistic practice, engaged in cultural policy through artists-organisations and associations. Ylipää just finished a five-years assignment as a coordinator in visual arts at the County council in Norrbotten. In that assignment her focus was om development of infrastructur and support to associations and other actors within the art-field in Norrboten. Ylipää has a large interrest in social structures, especially the development and transformation that is ongoing in the northern region. She has an extra interrest in questions that concern attitudes and norms on concepts as centre and periphery, regional and cultural boundarys and how this has an impact om daily life as well as the art-scene. Ylipää is a member of the artist-group Koncentrat that has its residence in Kiruna. In her artistic practice she investigates topics that are ”close to home” through a wide range of media.
Ola Kellgren (SE/FI)
Ola Kellgren has been the director of Nordic Culture Point in Helsinki since February 2016. Nordic Culture Point is an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers who’s main task is running grant programs promoting cultural cooperation with the Nordics and the Nordics and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Before moving to Helsinki Kellgren used to work as Head of Cultural Affairs in the County of Västerbotten, Sweden as well as at the ‘Västerbottens museum’ in Umeå.
Donatella De Paoli
Presenting: Effects of network funding
Donatella De Paoli is Associate Professor
at the Department of Leadership and Organisation at the Norwegian
Business School BI in Oslo. Her research interests are about the
aesthetics of organizations and the organizing of the arts. She has
written books and published scientifically about these issues. Currently
her main research interests are about leadership in virtual space,
physicality of leadership, leadership images in architecture and the
construction of leadership through spaces and places. She is teaching at
several Executive Masters programs in leadership, has developed the
field of Arts Management and gives regularly speeches in business.
Maria Hirvi-Ijäs (FI)
Presenting: Mobility as networking, diplomacy and livelihood in artistic ecosystems
Maria Hirvi-Ijäs (b. 1962) works as
Senior Researcher at the Center for Cultural Policy Research CUPORE in
Helsinki. Art historian and art theorist by education her research
interests focus on the dialogical relation between contemporary art and
society. She has during the last three decades published extensively on
contemporary visual art and cultural politics in the context of the