Luleå Biennial 2020:
Time on Earth

Information regarding Covid-19

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.

Lulu is how Luleå first appeared in writing in 1327, a name of Sami origin that can be translated as “Eastern Water”. This is the title of the Luleå Biennial’s journal, fiirst published in conjunction with the Luleå Biennial 2018. For this years edition of the biennial readers are offered different points of entry to the biennial’s overall theme: realism today. The Lulu journal is made by the biennial’s artistic and invited guest editors. It is published here on the biennial’s website and can be downloaded for printing. Design: Aron Kullander-Östling & Stina Löfgren.

ISSN: 2003~1254

Real Art: Realist activity yesterday, today and tomorrow
Stefan Jonsson

This episode is in swedish

Real Art: Realist activity yesterday, today and tomorrow, a radio-essay by the scholar Stefan Jonsson.

During the conference Art in Dark Times, which ended the 2018 Luleå Biennal: Tidal Ground, a question was posed: “What could realism mean today?” It was the researcher and author Stefan Jonsson who uttered this question in response to a talk on the anti-fascist capacites of art during the 1930’s. This query has now led us all the way here, to the 2020 edition of the biennial - the question is asked, answered and asked again in the various exhibitions and through the invited artists’ individual undertakings. Stefan Jonsson too grapples with answering the question in his essay Real Art: Realist activity yesterday, today and tomorrow, written especially for the 2020 Luleå Biennial. Listen to Stefan Jonsson read his text.

“What does realism mean? To establish contact, put in connection, play off one thing against the other, to insert each event and each detail in its correct place in the totality of the world. What is realist activity? An activation of the inherent cognitive power of art. A continuous artistic investigation into determining forces of the forces, conflicts and powers that determines our historical moment. Why is such an investigation of the dominating powers necessary? In order to defeat them and create another order.”

Läs Stefan Jonssons text i Lulu-journalen #7 här