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AN EXHIBITION TRAVELLING THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE 2022-2025

PERMANENT EXHIBITION IN GRANÖ 2025
 

ACROSS THE ARCTIC LANDSCAPE, culture and art has traveled effortlessly along with the movement of the wind, the sun and our reindeer herds, creating a network of Arctic Highways. Highways that are cultural and spiritual, real and thriving – but as invisible as the system of nation borders that have imposed their rigidness and weight upon us, pitilessly trying to nullify the free flow of ideas and identity connecting our souls.

WE, TWELVE INDIGENOUS ARTISTS from the Arctic region, ask you to join us in a search for answers and commonality, and a way across the frozen border between the two words us and them. Together we can start a journey on the Arctic highway of culture and life, that stretches from the past into the future – without ever passing a border.

WITH THIS EXHIBITION we want to tell our own story, through our own experiences, using our own forms of expression. We want to provide opportunities to think broadly about what it means to be unbounded, pointing to the limits of borders, not just for indigenous people, but for all of us.

EXHIBITION TOUR PLAN

House of Sweden, Washington DC (US) Opening 4 of march 2022

Yokun Arts Centre, Whitehorse (Canada) Opening September 2022

Swedish American Museum, Chicago (US) January 2023

Scandinavia House, New York (US) May 2023

National Nordic Museum, Seattle (US) August 2023

American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis (US) January 2024

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Santa Fe (US) August 2025

Saemien Sijte, Snåsa (Norway) June 2025

Mötesplats Granö (Sweden) December 2025

MEET THE ARTISTS AND EXPLORE THEIR WORKS ON YOUR LAPTOP, TABLET OR PHONE: 

WE ARE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, who live in different countries and on different continents, but yet regard ourselves as people with kindred spirits. The borders of nation states, arbitrarly drawn with regard to the landscape of our ancestors, have been used to group the Sámi people, and set us up to fight against our brothers and sisters living on the other side, fencing in and silencing our voices and knowledge.

IT TAKES IT’S STARTING POINT in the pandemic that swept over the world during 2020 and 2021. How will its ramifications affect indigenous peoples? Can the knowledge of our ancestors, which we partially still have intact, become important and valuable in a changed global reality?

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