Time is a ship that never casts anchor – Exhibition opening January 10th in Bærum Kunsthall, Norway

The very first Time is a ship that never casts anchor exhibition opens in Bærum Kunsthall in Norway in just one week, and Riitta Ikonen and I are excited to share portraits, behind the scenes images, text and fragments of wearable sculptures from our adventures across the borderless Barents region.

Since 2014 we have portrayed a range of Barents citizens with ties to Øst-Finnmark in a series of portraits encompassing photography, wearable sculpture and text. Time is a ship that never casts anchor has been produced in conjunction with the construction of New Kirkenes Hospital, which opened in October 2018, and parts of the series is on permanent display in the new hospital. The upcoming exhibition in Bærum Kunsthall is the first gallery show of the series and includes portraits of female Sami reindeer herders, detonation workers, midwifes, wrestling coaches, taxi drivers and local peace workers amongst others.

As contemporary witnesses to the many changes in the Barents region, each contributor is portrayed inhabiting the landscape in wearable sculptures made from materials found in their immediate surroundings, with an aim to encourage new perspectives on a region which continues to be transformed by changes in nature, geopolitical lines as well as historical and cultural influences.

Welcome to the opening next Thursday at 6 pm!

Exhibition period: 10th Jan – 3rd Feb 2019
Artist talk and finissage: Sunday 3rd Feb at 2 pm.

Bærum Kunsthall
Odd Nansen vei 19
Fornebu, 02 1360

A big thank you to the Association of Art Centres in Norway,  Kulturbyrået Mesén and Norsk-finsk Kulturfond for their generous support and to Harald Gaski for lending us the title from his book of Sami proberbs, Tiden er et skip som ikke kaster anker.

Time is a ship that never casts anchor # Willy Bangsund (Storskog 2015) © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

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