Introduction: Governance of natural resources and the rights to the land and the sea.
The expression “to look beyond the horizon” can be understood as meaning to search for new knowledge, or to look towards what we cannot yet fully understand or perceive. The short film program Beyond Horizons focuses on works by artists who question the governance of natural resources in Northern Norway and the High North. An important issue in this regard is the right to the land and the sea. Another core issue is climate change, and the impact local interventions can have on a global scale. By exploring these themes, the artists included in this program imply that we need to think new, or even learn from what we already know to look beyond the given horizons.
Though these themes are highly relevant in the present geopolitical situation, the films screened in this program also relate to a tradition within visual art dealing with Northern Norway. Since the 16th century, Northern Norway has been a popular motive for scientists, artists and travelers. While an outside gaze for a long time characterized the schema of Northern Norway within visual arts, the creation of a Northern Norwegian identity and the revitalization of Sami and Kven culture contributed to the creation of an inside gaze from the 1970s and onwards.
Artists’ interest in Northern Norway and the High North has increased lately due to the current political situation, and the discourses produced on Northern Norway within the field of visual art seem more diverse than ever before. Even so, like during Romanticism nature is still a core concept in artworks relating to Northern Norway and the High North.
Hanne Hammer Stien, Curator, Ph.D.-candidate and lecturer at Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing (Kunstakademiet), UiT – The Arctic University of Norway
Nina Toft and Ivar Smedstad, producers, Atelier Nord
Beyond Horizons is a part of the project Vis Videokunst! (“Screen Video Art!”) by Atelier Nord. The screening is organized by the independent art foundation Atelier Nord.
After the screening, Atelier Nord and Kunstakademiet invites you to the debate Agenda: The High North, Kulturhuset, Verkstedet, kl 15:15. http://tiff.no/en/program/2015/seminar/agenda-high-north