Bildmuseet turns 40! To celebrate Bildmuseet’s 40th anniversary, we invite you to join a digital forum on our website on Friday–Sunday, October 29–31, 2021. You will meet artists, curators, researchers, authors, musicians, dramatists and other specially invited guests answering the question: What do we need art for?
13:00 Katarina Pierre
Curator and director of Bildmuseet, Umeå University, Umeå
14:00 Katarina Pirak Sikku
15:00 Gavin Butt
Researcher in visual culture, performance and queer studies,
Professor of Fine Arts, Northumbria University, Newcastle
16:00 Stina Oscarson
Dramatist, theatre director and author, Stockholm
17:00 John Akomfrah
Artist and filmmaker, London
13:00 Cedric Nunn
Photographer and documentary filmmaker, Mangethe
14:00 Maria Lind
Curator, art critic and Cultural Counsellor at the Embassy of Sweden, Moscow
15:00 Sofia Jannok and Dennis Lyxzén
Musicians, Umeå and Vännäs
16:00 Tone Olaf Nielsen
Curator, writer and co-founder Trampoline House and its exhibition space
CAMP / Center for Art on Migration Politics, Copenhagen
17:00 Jumana Emil Abboud
13:00 Mats Caldeborg
Artist and Artistic Director of Konsthall Norra Kvarken, Järnäsklubb
14:00 Lars Strannegård
President of the Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm
15:00 Grada Kilomba
Artist, philosopher and writer, Berlin
16:00 Antonia Alampi
Curator, researcher, writer and Artistic Director for Spore Initiative, Berlin
17:00 Naeem Mohaiemen
Artist and filmmaker New York
Welcome by the director of Bildmuseet and host of the anniversary forum What Do We Need Art For?.
Artist Katarina Pirak Sikku gives a personal account of art’s significance for herself and people around her.
Professor Gavin Butt considers the history of "art-pop" music and the world-making capacities of art today.
Dramatist and writer Stina Oscarson talks about the importance of art in reminding us that we are human.
Artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah answers the posed question in conversation with director Katarina Pierre.
South African photographer Cedric Nunn talks about the context in which he is a politically active artist.
Curator Maria Lind on contemporary art as a form of understanding and tool for relating to existence.
Musicians Sofia Jannok and Dennis Lyxzén on what art and culture have meant in their lives.
Curator Tone Olaf Nielsen discusses artistic and curatorial responses to the refugee crisis.
Artist Jumana Emil Abboud performs a reading about walking in the Palestinian landscape.
Artist Mats Caldeborg reflects on the significance of art and the human ability for abstract thinking.
Professor and president Lars Strannegård on why art and culture become even more important in a digital world.
Artist Grada Kilomba gives her answer to the question posed in a conversation with director Katarina Pierre.
Curator and director Antonia Alampi addresses the multifaceted roles that art and cultural practices play.
As his contribution to the online forum, Naeem Mohaimen shows us the new film work Against Regret (23 min).