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Sofia Jannok and Dennis Lyxzén / What Do We Need Art For?

Musicians Sofia Jannok's and Dennis Lyxzén’s joint contribution to Bildmuseet's anniversary forum is a conversation about what art and culture have meant in their lives, and why it is important.

Sofia Jannok is a multiple Grammy-nominated Swedish singer and songwriter who was born and raised in Sápmi. She is one of Sweden's most fascinating musicians, one who uses her music and musical platform to speak up for indigenous peoples. Origin and activism are important parts of her creative practice and her music is a unique mix of beats, acoustic sound, power yoik and modern pop. Sofia Jannok has been awarded the Ulla Billquist Scholarship, the Taube Scholarship, and the Swedish Arts Council's great scholarship.

Dennis Lyxzén is a Swedish musician, active and influential since the late 1980s, who was a member of the world-famous hardcore band Refused, the post-punk band INVSN, the international punk group Fake Names and the new project Vännäs Casino. Lyxzén has released about 30 records, made nearly 3000 gigs in 45 countries, run three record companies and various clubs. During the pandemic, he took part in a series of panel discussions with other musicians about art and creativity.

What Do We Need Art For? / Programme 29–31 October 2021

Fri 29 Oct, 13:00 / Katarina Pierre, Umeå

Welcome by the director of Bildmuseet and host of the anniversary forum What Do We Need Art For?.

Fri 29 Oct, 14:00 / Katarina Pirak Sikku, Jokkmokk

Artist Katarina Pirak Sikku gives a personal account of art’s significance for herself and people around her.

Fri 29 Oct, 15:00 / Gavin Butt, Newcastle

Professor Gavin Butt considers the history of "art-pop" music and the world-making capacities of art today.

Fri 29 Oct, 16:00 / Stina Oscarson, Stockholm

Dramatist and writer Stina Oscarson talks about the importance of art in reminding us that we are human.

Fri 29 Oct, 17:00 / John Akomfrah, London

Artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah answers the posed question in conversation with director Katarina Pierre.

Sat 30 Oct, 13:00 / Cedric Nunn, Mangethe

South African photographer Cedric Nunn talks about the context in which he is a politically active artist.

Sat 30 Oct, 14:00 / Maria Lind, Moscow

Curator Maria Lind on contemporary art as a form of understanding and tool for relating to existence.

Sat 30 Oct, 15:00 / Sofia Jannok, Umeå, & Dennis Lyxzén, Vännäs

Musicians Sofia Jannok and Dennis Lyxzén on what art and culture have meant in their lives.

Sat 30 Oct, 16:00 / Tone Olaf Nielsen, Copenhagen

Curator Tone Olaf Nielsen discusses artistic and curatorial responses to the refugee crisis.

Sat 30 Oct, 17:00 / Jumana Emil Abboud, Jerusalem

Artist Jumana Emil Abboud performs a reading about walking in the Palestinian landscape.

Sun 31 Oct, 13:00 / Mats Caldeborg, Järnäsklubb

Artist Mats Caldeborg reflects on the significance of art and the human ability for abstract thinking.

Sun 31 Oct, 14:00 / Lars Strannegård, Stockholm

Professor and president Lars Strannegård on why art and culture become even more important in a digital world.

Sun 31 Oct, 15:00 / Grada Kilomba, Berlin

Artist Grada Kilomba gives her answer to the question posed in a conversation with director Katarina Pierre.

Sun 31 Oct, 16:00 / Antonia Alampi, Berlin

Curator and director Antonia Alampi addresses the multifaceted roles that art and cultural practices play.

Sun 31 Oct, 17:00 / Naeem Mohaiemen, New York

As his contribution to the online forum, Naeem Mohaimen shows us the new film work Against Regret (23 min).