Mezen, Arkhangelsk Oblast in North Russia
Birds are an integral part of the Russian mythologies. They are also a ubiquitous feature in the different indigenous mythologies from the Nordic and Russian areas. In this Nest we are gathering artists, storytellers and academics specialising in mythologies from this entire region to explore and exchange bird mythologies and stories across cultures and borders. We will be looking at how these ancient stories can be applied to a contemporary world and its messages
conveyed and retold in a new context. The artists will subsequently process the material and inspiration from the gathering to produce work for the exhibition. We will also compile a selection of the stories and imagery/crafts to be exhibited. The symposium will be in Mezen, Arkhangelsk Oblast in North Russia in January 2021. We will invite two russian and two artists/storytellers from Norway to come to Mezen and work in the nest. The artists will be selected in March/April 2020.
The Nest will be curated by Eva Bakkeslett, possibly in collaboration with Universities in the Northern region.