Sami Center of Contemporary Art

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14th of June was the opening night of the exhibition Top of the World and the new Sami Center of Contemporary Art in Karasjok Norway. It was a wonderful night with so many people. It must have been 200 persons there, from near and far, speeches, music and dance performance by Carmen Olsson amongst the glass. I feel very privileged to exhibit parts of 100 MIGRATORY together with these top artists Outi Pieski, Lindsay Seers, Linda Persson, Joar Nango and Roger Mullin. Gijtto Thank you staff and all others who helped out to get it all look so good in the end!

 

100 MIGRATORY @ Top of the World Karasjok Norway

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You are all very welcome to the opening exhibition at the new gallery at Sámi Dáiddaguovddás / Sami Center for Contemporary Art in Karasjok Norge on Saturday the 14th of June at 6PM. Hope to see you there! The exhibition with my work is there from 14th of June – 20th of July 2014.

More info here!
Mer information om utställningen här

100 MIGRATORY @ Gränshandelsmarknaden Tärnaby

Photo: Mille Selander

Photo: Mille Selander

 100 MIGRATORY in Tärnaby 25-27 July 2014 @ Fokets hus Tärnaby

100 MIGRATORY is coming back to the origin in Tärnaby – to be exhibited in a modified form with images by Carl-Johan Utsi and Mikael Rutberg. The glass will be part of the danceperformance by Carmen Olsson on Saturday and Sunday (info below)

The book 100 MIGRATORY is for sale for SEK 290 (cash only) and postcards for 25 kr/each.

The exhibition 100 MIGRATORY in Tärnaby opening hours:
Friday and Saturday 12 – 5PM, Sunday 12 – 3PM

Buy tickets to the performance “Carmen Olsson dance in 100 MIGRATORY” at the touristinformation in Tärnaby. The performance is on Saturday 26th of July @ 3PM and on Sunday 27th of July @ 1PM

Check Hemavan Tärnaby´s webpage

Link to articel in VK  “Urstarkt och skört”  the 2nd of February 2014 by Sara Meidell – about Carmen and her performance amongst the glass.

Vessel 93 @ home

blog_080I just want to share an image of vessel no. 93/100M that has arrived to a final home with Birgitta Bäckström in Umeå. Good to see!

During the two final exhibitions of 100 MIGRATORY, in a “modified” form, we only use around 80 of the vessels of glass; in Karasjok Norway 14 June – 20 July and in Tärnaby Sweden during Gränshandelsmarknaden 25-27 July. 20 of the vessels are already at there new owners of people living mainly in Umeå.

The rest of you will get “your” vessel of glass sometimes during October/November 2014, after the two exhibitions in Karasjok and Tärnaby.

Book review

My first review of the book 100 MIGRATORY was published in the newspaper NSD 16th of May 2014. I’m happy as it was great feedback all through. The author Jan Bergsten started and finished the article by writing:

“There are art projects and then there are art projects with that something extra…”

“… It is a beautiful book with Monica Edmondson´s beautiful glass vessels and with beautiful images from near and far, from the demonstrations (against mining – my comment) in Kallak Jokkmokk to the desert of Saudi Arabia…”

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Book review 100 MIGRATORY in NSD as pdf

Finissage weekend 10-11 May 2014

Last weekend for my show at the Museum of Västerbotten this coming weekend.

I will be there and present the exhibition at 2PM on Saturday the 10th of May. Welcome!

Last chance to see Carmen Olssons dance performance amongst the glass at 4PM on Saturday and Sunday 10 – 11 May.
Free entry – be there in time!

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100 MIGRATORY was present in today´s cultural part of the evening paper Expressen (swedish):
“…The vessels represent vulnerability at the same time something universal…”
Link to article here

STOLEN!

Stulet_nr_60This vessel no.60 is the one stolen from the exhibition with my hundred vessels of glass, 100 MIGRATORY, at the Museum of Västerbotten sometimes before the 16th of March. It is signed with my name and as vessel number 60/100M. The exhibition will end 11th of May 2014.

For you that was there…it is the small vessel right up at the front on the right half of the combined podium-stage (as on photo here below from the opening).
Size of the vessel: 14 cm high x 13 cm diameter.

The theft is investigated by the police.

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Photo: Hannie Schut

Radio clip link about the theft here!

Opening night of 100 MIGRATORY

Yes, I know I’m late to update about the opening on the 1st of February 2014 at the Museum om Västerbotten Umeå. However, here it is.

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It is now, when I look at all images from the opening of my exhibition 100 MIGRATORY, I start to realise the grandness of the whole thing. I see people in the photos who attended the opening that I never knew were there. So to all of you I didn’t have the chance to meet: Hallo and thank you for coming!

The opening ceremony started by the Museum director Ulrica Grubbström saying a few words about the exhibition and my book. Then Katarina Rimpi gave us the story of the jojk she performed, a jojk that took some time to get to her. Finally she found the answer sitting in front of the warm fire a cold winterday – Monica´s jojk. I got very emotional listening to Katarina and I had to concentrate for a while at the slideshow on the wall just to avoid getting too “teary” – but it was just so strong. Thank you Katarina, gijtto!

Marika Lagercrantz, Counsellor for Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Sweden in Berlin Germany, gave a touching speech. Marika was one of the abroad recievers of a vessel of glass part of 100 MIGRATORY and she gave a wonderful story of how it was to recieve and keep the glass in Berlin. She also talked about a few stories from other caretakers of a vessel each; from Jenni in Jokkmokk, Ulf at Palma de Mallorca, from Carin at the Embassy of Sweden in Mali. Finally Marika read a poem by Paulus Utsi and Katarina Rimpi was jojking inbetween lines. I know the two of them didn’t make one rehersal of that final performance they gave, as it was just talked briefly about before the opening ceremony – but their performance was like they had worked together for years! Voilà!

From the innermost corner of my heart I want to say thank you to all who attended the opening and to all of you who believed in me and the power of the hundred vessels of glass.

Listen to Kulturradion Special by Kerstin Berggren, a 20 minutes long radioprogram with many of us present at the opening night of 100 MIGRATORY (in swedish). The interviews start 10:30 min into the program.

Carmen Olsson dancing in 100 MIGRATORY

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When I finally fully experienced the danceperformance by Carmen Olsson amongst the glass- with music by Anders Rimpi – I got tears in my eyes. So strong at the same time so fragile…To be able to do this choreography and dance in response to 100 MIGRATORY in such a fantastic way makes me believe Carmen must be one of the absolute top choreographers and buto dancers in the world.

Read the Review as a pdf Fragile dance in dialogue with art (in Swedish).

If you haven’t seen this performance you should take the oppertunity. There are performances from the 1st of March until the 9th of March 2014 at the Museum of Västerbotten in the exhibition 100 MIGATORY. Book your ticket at Biljettcentrum.

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