Welcome to a guided tour and artist talk in connection to the exhibition Down North. Curators Jamie DeSimone, Portland Museum of Art, and Anders Jansson, Bildmuseet, give a guided tour of the exhibition. The artists Anders Sunna, D'Arcy Wilson, and Hans Rosenström talk about their works.
DOWN NORTH / CONTEMPORARY ART IN THE ARCTIC
The world's most northern regions are emerging as more important than ever before. Areas previously seen as peripheral are leading a societal transformation that will shape our common future. The exhibition Down North presents works by thirty contemporary artists from Canada, Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the United States, as well as from Sápmi and other indigenous nations in the Arctic regions. They explore the critical issues of our time and use art as a catalyst for change.
Today's climate and environmental changes and a problematic colonial history have inspired works of art that address social, economic, political, and ecological challenges throughout the region. Other works confront the illusion of the North as remote wilderness and challenge the romanticised notion of untouched land and its perceived homogeneity.
The exhibition traces shared experiences within the region through a wide range of works of art in different media, reflecting novel affinities and chasms within societies and among nations in the North Atlantic.