How can an art project grow from ancient stories of the peripheral Arctic territories and the local sustainable building technologies? Why peasant women of the North have preserved the hero epics of Russia and why pointing out the fact that women have preserved these stories, is relevant today, in the current patriarchal and militarized context?
Ekaterina Sharova gave a lecture and a workshop for graduate students at Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo (Oslo National Academy of Arts) and shared her long-term research of the culture of her ancestors, ideas on the necessity of sustainable development in the North and the decolonial approach.
In the open lecture, she made a short introduction on the ancient Northern history starting from the mentions of Bjarmaland and continued to the Pomor trade. Study of the local cultural history is essential nowadays, as the knowledge about the peripheral Arctic areas lacks not only abroad, but also in Moscow or Saint Petersburg.
Arctic Art Institute started in 2014 as a grassroots initiative of several artists, sociologists and curators in Murmansk and Arkhangelsk. It was central in development of innovative cultural processes in the Northern Russia, where Nordic methods of art production were applied to the local context. Interdisciplinary work in public space and social sculpture methods have been essential in these processes.
The second part was a closed workshop on Tacit knowledge for students of the MFA program Art and Public Space.
Thanks for the invitation Olga Schmedling. Olga Schmedling was a supervisor for Sharova’s MA thesis in History of Art.