Luleå Biennial 2020:
Time on Earth
Last chance The Luleå Biennial 2020: Time on Earth
Wednesday February 10, 16~20 and Saturday February 13–Sunday February 14, 12~16
Galleri Syster is open. Group show with Augusta Strömberg, Susanna Jablonski and Ana Vaz.
Thursday February 11–Sunday February 14, 12~16
Havremagasinet länskonsthall in Bodenis open. Group show with Beatrice Gibson, Susanna Jablonski, Birgitta Linhart, Fathia Mohidin, Charlotte Posenenske, Tommy Tommie and Danae Valenza.
Saturday February 13–Sunday February 14, 14~18
The former prison Vita Duvan is open with an electro acoustic installation by Maria W Horn.
Saturday February 13, 15~19
The artist Markus Öhrn and the poet David Väyrynens sound installation "Bikt" is exhibited on the ice by Residensgatan in Luleå. Listen to older generations of Tornedal women and their testimonies.
Book your visit via Billetto. Drop in is possible as far as space allows.
For those of you who do not have the opportunity to physically visit the Luleå Biennale on site, a radio show including artist talks, sound works and specially written essays will be on stream on Saturday February 13–Sunday February 14. Visit our radio page here.
The exhibitions at Norrbotten's Museum, Luleå konsthall, Välkommaskolan in Malmberget and the Silver Museum are unfortunatly closed.
The second reason as to why today’s engaged art avoids realism is that it is regarded as a European tradition. As a style and an epoch realism contributed in the creation of the modern European nation-states. Courbet depicted the burgeoning French society, Amelin the Swedish. Both viewed the historical transformation of their nations, with all their injustices, from below. However, works of art that portrayed similar conflicts in the imperialist world were scarce. Those who could have made such portrayals, that is, non-Europeans with experience of the raw and prosaic sides of colonialism, were never given the chance. If they at all were recognized as artists they were regarded as inherently inferior. When European realists set out outside of Europe, their point of view from below was lost. On home ground they were critical realists. When they approached the colonized world they unavoidably slipped into the position of the oppressor. The result of this was exotism, orientalism, primitivism, or other art-historical expressions of racism.
Colonial relations still mark the art world. Most large art institutions are governed by Western money, and hence by Western norms. Practicing artists have to a greater extent come to terms with colonialism. They often process questions related to colonial legacies: global poverty, the exploitation of natural resources, climate change, migration and armed conflict — subject matter of a similar kind to what realism once unearthed. But if these artists admitted kinship to realism, they would be at risk of buying into a Eurocentric legacy. Why would they want that? Especially since many of these artists have their roots in non-European societies and, for very good reasons, wish to tear down an art-historical paradigm that has elevated the various epochs and styles of European art history to an imperative model. From their perspective, realism is not even a historical phenomenon, but an irrelevant one.
Stefan Jonsson (b. 1961) is an author, critic and professor at Linköping University.
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Radio 65.22 is an auditory cross section of the biennial’s theme and contents, which amplifies and makes accessible written texts, framed situations and artistic voices. Radio 65.22 also enables an encounter with chosen parts of the Luleå Biennial’s activities for those who cannot experience the biennial in situ.
With Radio 65.22, we want to inscribe ourselves into an experimental and exploratory radio tradition, where the media itself becomes a platform for our ideas on radio and its capacity to depict and mirror the world around us. The task of Radio 65.22 is to tell of reality, in further ways that may not be possible through the image or the text.
Under Fragments: Time on Earth you will find radio programmes and sound pieces in different genres and forms that reflect this year’s biennial in various ways. Spirit of Place is a touring series of literary conversations on language and place. The culture journalist Kerstin Wixe takes us along to places that have played a significant part in an author’s stories, or carries the story’s history. Woven Songs is a deepening series of radio programmes that accentuate singing, the voice and the role of storytelling in the creation of new world views and orders, produced in collaboration with Public Art Agency Sweden.
Listen, reflect, enjoy!