Jette Andersen is an artist and architect, born in Odense, Denmark. Since 1976, she has lived and worked in Luleå, Sweden. She studied at the Kungliga Akademiska Arkitektskolan in Copenhagen (1969-1975), and since then she has taken classes in croquis, aquarelle, installation and sculpture with various materials in focus. Andersen has exhibited widely and consistently in Northern Sweden, with exhibitions in Luleå Konsthall, Norrbottens Museum, Gallery Lindberg, Härnösand konsthall, Piteå Konsthall, Skellefteå konsthall, Gallery Krysset Lofoten, Havremagasinet and Konstgillet in Boden.
Agneta Andersson is an artist based in Kiruna and Luleå in Northern Sweden. Nowadays her work consists of drawings and linocut. She studied art at The School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg. She has previously worked with glass, metal, and textile. She is a member of the artist collective Koncentrat. In 2014 she participated in the international exhibition Kirunatopia that was displayed in Dresden and Umeå. She has also participated in the group exhibition Kiruna Forever (2020) at ArkDes in Stockholm. Since 2019, Andersson has worked as curator at Luleå Konsthall.
Victoria Andersson was born in Kiruna, now living in Luleå. She studied textiles at HDK–Valand Academy for Art and Design in Gothenburg. Victoria has had various solo and group exhibitions in Sweden and abroad. In her work, time and trees are returning thematics.
Sara Edström was born in 1968 in Luleå, Sweden, where she lives and works. She works primarily with sculpture in long processes, oscillating between the detailed studies of humans and abstracted sections of the body, skin and hair. To endure living in Norrbotten, Sara Edström was in 2006 co-founder of the artist-run space Galleri Syster in Luleå showing Swedish and international contemporary art. She and her colleagues lacked the art that interested them and felt that living in the geographic periphery, they had to create their own centre. Sara has done several public commissions in Norrbotten. Sara also has extensive experience in project management, such as from Luleå International Biennial and Havremagasinet Konsthall in Boden. After three years of studying art at Sunderbyns Folkhögskola 20 years ago, she has worked as an artist.
Carola Grahn (b. 1982) is of South Sámi descent, grew up in Jokkmokk, now lives and works in Malmö. She has an MFA from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 2013 and she has also studied at Beckmans College of Design and Fotoskolan in Gamleby. Her work has recently been exhibited at Röda Sten Konsthall, Göteborg (2020), Onsite Gallery, OCADU, Toronto, Canada (2019), IAIA Museum Of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), Santa Fe, USA (2019), Esker Foundation, Calgary, Canada (2019), Konstmuseet i Norr, Kiruna (2018), Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, Canada (2018), Konsthall C, Stockholm (2018), Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada (2018), Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Canada (2018), Nordic Matters, Southbank Centre, London, (2017), Kulturrådets årskonferans, Oslo (2017), Art Museum, University of Toronto, Canada (2017), Kunsthall Trondheim, (2017), Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš/Sami Center of Contemporary Art, Karasjok, Norge (2017) and h Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo (2017). Carola Grahn has received various grants and her work is represented in the collections of Public Art Agency, Sweden, Konstmuseet i Norr, Ájtte Museum of Sami Culture and the Mountain Region, as well as in the IASPIS archive. She has written about Sámi art for the journal Afterall and has been the editor of a special issue focusing on Sámi culture in Hjärnstorm. Carola, together with Silje Figenschou Thoresen, is the founder of the artist group Sámi Girl Gang.
Birgitta Linhart is an artist working with natural materials like stone, seeds, leaves, branches, and ice. Her choice of materials often follow the seasons. She works mainly with large scale sculptures where site-specificity is of utmost importance, always aiming to create meeting places or portals between humans and nature. She has also worked extensively with environmental projects and land art workshops in villages and small communities in Norrbotten and Northern Finland, helping them to give, or find a visual form to their stories. Her substantial work in stone carving is mainly inspired by the perspective that it can withstand more than a thousand years. Linhart studied sculpture at Sunderby Art School (1994-1997). Since 1997 she has exhibited frequently in Northern Sweden and Finland. She has also produced more than twenty ice and snow commission projects in Sweden, Greenland, Latvia, Russia, Italy, Mexico and USA. She has participated in many group shows, like the Luleå Biennial (2020), and ART Biennial in Ii, Finland (2014). She lives and works in Luleå.
Olof Marsja, born 1986 in Gällivare, lives and works in Gothenburg. Olof Marsja studied at Konstfack/University of Arts and Crafts in Stockholm. In 2019, he received the Maria Bonnier Dahlin foundation’s award. Olof Marsja is represented in the collections of Konstnärsnämnden and the Maria Bonnier Dahlin foundation. Marsja has recently participated in exhibitions at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Galleri Steinsland-Berliner, Berlin, Galleri Box, Gothenburg, and Stenungsund Konsthall, Stenungsund.
Since 2016, Anja Örn, Fanny Carinasdotter and Tomas Örn have been collaborating under the name Norrakollektivet. Up to now, Norrakollektifet has concentrated its work on the projects that deal with the Aitik mine outside Gällivare. Parts of the work has been shown at the Moderna museet, Kunsthall Trondheim and in the Swedish Arts Council’s exhibition Brytningstider. Parts of the project has also been shown in 2020 in the exhibitions Kiruna Forever, which were shown in parallel at ArkDes, Stockholm and the Art Museum in the North, Kiruna and Human Nature at Sune Jonsson Center for Documentary Photography, Umeå.
Fanny Carinasdotter has an MA from the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts and has studied these questions in her artistic practice through works like Residuum (2018), Recompositions (2019), and Umedalen’s Former Hospital (2008). Carinasdotter uses photography to examine places created and abandoned by society to see what traces are left behind and what hidden unrealized futures are revealed within.
Anja Örn primarily works with sculptural and interpretive studies of places and investigations of ecological systems such as her work about the Lule river, Organismer and Grenverk. Anja Örn is also a founding member of Galleri Syster, a self-organized art gallery and meeting space for contemporary art in Luleå.
Tomas Örn‘s artistic practice circles around the meanings of places and the industrial nature of the northern parts of the world. He explores spaces in natural and urban landscapes and is interested in how spatial power structures are created and how they sometimes are challenged by subcultures and civil protests.
Credit: All texts in this article were originally published by Havremagasinet in association with recent exhibitions. Texts on Norrakollektivet and Birgitta Linhart were authored by the artists, while all others were authored by Havremagasinet Director, Mariangela Mendez Prencke. COURTESY HAVREMAGASINET.
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