Ahoo ahoo – Eiderducks and people exchanging cultures
Hysværet – in the archipelago of Vega in North Norway; a Unesco World Heritage site and nature reserve.
In this Nest we will focus on the interspecies collaboration between humans and eiderducks and the shared mythology of the birds in Norwegian and Sami coastal culture. The project in Hysværet also aims to portray how changes in nature as well as historical and cultural influences continue to shape and reshape this unique region.
The artist Vibeke Steinsholm is a 6th generation eider-duck carer for the month of May and June, based on the traditional close-knit collaboration between humans and eider ducks in the area. For centuries the islanders have built houses and tending for the ducks while they are nesting and hatching their eggs, receiving eiderdown in return.
Vibeke has an established collaboration with the Sami writer and playwright Rawdna Carita Eira and together they are exploring the shared mythologies around the migrating birds in the Sami and Norwegian tradition. They make poetic assemblages and installations where objects and words are displayed.
Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen propose to carry out a new artistic outdoor project, based on working methods and interdisciplinary approaches established in their previous collaborations. This new body of work will engage the local community as active participants. The project’s visual language will be a combination of the artist duo’s established nature-based focus in the form of large scale photographs, combined with elements of the man-made and objects of significance to each participant.
This Nest will take place in Hysværet in May 2022 where the artists will meet and work together for 10 days. The outcome will be shown at the Vega Heritage Centre and later included in the exhibitions of The Conference of the Birds .
Scientific advisor is PhD Ornithologist Thomas Holm Carlsen, NIBO.
Curator for this Nest is Eva Bakkeslett