The annual New Nordic Art Exhibition and Vernisage start today, featuring five artists who are living in Nordic countries. Its aim is to strive to contribute to the interplay of immigrant art and to stimulate dialog by getting the public to reflect.
This event promotes immigrant art in the Nordic region. This year, the presentation features mixed art genres like: installations, photography, painting, sculptures and video. All artists will show their work from their own countries, influenced by the new Nordic label. Guests can see the process of change and perhaps a new direction of art from the contributors.
Over 70 artists applied to participate in the first New Nordic Art Exhibition. This year’s second edition consists of work by two immigrant artists from Norway: Marcus Bleasdale and Lisa Pacini.
About the artists
Marcus Bleasdale (UK/Norway, photography) is one of the world’s leading documentary photographers, living in Oslo. His photos mostly are reportages about human rights and current conflicts in the world.
Bleasdale’s work appears in famous newspapers like: New Yorker, the New York Times, Harpers, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, Stern, Le Monde, TIME Magazine, Newsweek and National Geographic.
He also has published two books "One Hundred Years of Darkness" (2002) and "The Rape of a Nation" (2009).
The photographer has received numerous awards: The UNICEF Photographer of the Year Award 2004, The Olivier Rebbot Award for Best Foreign Reporting (2005), Magazine Photographer of the Year award POYi (2005), The Alexia Foundation Award for World Peace (2005), The World Press Awards (2006), The Freedom of Expression Foundation Norway (2007), Days Japan (2009), The Anthropographia Award for Photography and Human Rights (2010), The Hansel Meith Award (2010), and the Photo Book of the Year Award POYi (2010).
Lisa Pacini (US/Norway, sculpture) completed part of her education at Norway’s Royal Academy of Art. She’s also studied in different schools, mostly in the US.
Her works focus on reflections, not as unmediated forms of mimesis, but as pictures of crazed reproductions. She removes standardized objects from ordinary life and puts them into art, to creative a diversity of perspectives.
Lisa has received quite a few awards, amongst others the ESSO art prize, and study stipends to Holland (1993), and to Rome to the Scandinavian Institute (2005).
Other artists exhibiting their work are:
Chikako Harada (Japan/Finland) – photography and installation.
Sasha Huber (Swiss-Haitian/Finland) – mixed media.
Khaled Ramadan (Lebanon/Denmark) – video.
The event is implemented by the Leadership Foundation, and cooperates with the American Embassy, Norwegian Embassy, British Council, Danish Embassy, Finnish Embassy and EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture).
The exhibition takes a place at Berns Salonger in Stockholm. Runs until 26th August.
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