Swedish mining industry & a broken vessel of glass

Article in VK Kultur 20th of February 2016

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Link to article and film clip from the demonstrations at Gállok September 2013

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Nominations: Grandprize 2015 & Årets Västerbottning 2014

I have been nominated to two prestigious prizes:

Grandpriset 2015 through Region Västerbotten (a co-operative body which is responsible of regional development issues and growth in Västerbotten County) and Länsstyrelsen (The County Administrative Board of Västerbotten which is a Swedish national authority).

Årets Västerbottning 2014 by the regional newspaper Västerbottens-Kuriren

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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.

Royal visit @ exhibition 100 MIGRATORY

Royal visit @ exhibition 100 MIGRATORY

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On Friday the 31st of January I had the pleasure to talk the the Swedish Crownprincess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel. I explained the thoughts behind the glass, the vessel and my art work 100 MIGRATORY at the same time media from Sweden and all over the world were there to get some pics of the Royals. The plane from Stockholm was delayed and in the meantime I had to take some photos myself of the media waiting. All other photos by Gunilla Nordlund, Sveriges Radio. Thank you Gunilla!

And if you wonder: Victoria has an injury from the end of last year skiing in the Alps.

On Radio – cultural program today!!

When I heard this radio program yesterday I started to realise what I have been part of this last opening weekend. Unexpected, unreal and just such a huge positive response for the exhibition 100 MIGRATORY, from all over the world.

Listen to the program (all in Swedish except the interview with the Australian ambassador Gerald Thomson) today Tuesday at 6.15 pm Sveriges Radio P1. It is Kulturradion Special by Kerstin Berggren about the opening weekend of Umeå 2014 European Capital of Culture. 100 MIGRATORY review start about 12 minutes into the program and last for 20 minutes! Hear the Swedish actress and Counsellor for Cultural Affairs at the Swedish embassy in Berlin Germany ,Marika Lagercrantz, who held the opening speech and jojk by Katarina Rimpi as well as Carmen Olsson talking about her danceperformance.

You can also find the radio program here as well as some images of  the Crownprincess Victoria and Prince Daniel when they have a close look at vessel no. 53.

A Crownprincess and 100 MIGRATORY

On Friday I get a visit to my exhibition by the Crownprincess Victoria, her husband Daniel and the Museum Director Ulrica Grubbström. 10 minutes. I wish the glass and the images tell their own story as I’m warned the 70 media representatives – that´s also going to be in my exhibition space that time – might make such a loud noice with their cameras so my visitors might not hear what I say.

Should be fun and kind of a contrast to my ordinary working days as an artist in my glass workshop and studio in an old barn just outside Tärnaby. Lucky enough I sometimes get a visit to my studio in Bäcknäs by Carin and Harry the dog.

Link to article in paper “Så blir Kronprinsessparets helg i Umeå” about the upcoming visit by the Royals to Umeå 2014 European Capital of Culture.

Article about Carmen and 100 MIGRATORY

Today it was an article in a Swedish paper about dancer and choreographer Carmen Olsson and her current work PANG as well as the coming dance performance 100 MIGRATORY.

Link to article ‘Glasdans i Umeå’ in Bohusläningen 30th of September 2013

Image from Dance in Snow from February 2013. Photo: Mikael Rutberg

Protesting vessel of glass

Gállok 3rd of September 2013. Photo: Matti Holmgren

Gállok 3rd of September 2013. Photo: Matti Holmgren

Mixed feelings of sadness and pride when I see images of vessel no. 36/100M taking part in the demonstrations against mining in the north.

Gállok Protest Art exhibition 11th of September 2013 in Jokkmokk. Photo: Jenni Laiti

Gállok Protest Art exhibition 11th of September 2013 in Jokkmokk. Photo: Jenni Laiti

 

See article “Gruvkampen har blivit konst” in todays paper – from the opening of the show last night.

TV-clip from SVT Nordnytt “Provmalmen körs från Kallak” 3 September 2013 where you can see vessel no. 36 in the middle of the protests (about 1:15 into the program)

TV-clip and article in local paper

Thought I should share this article with you from Västerbottens-Kuriren 27th of July 2013. You can see finished fused glass that is going to be installed in large rock sculpture titled ÅTERKOMST / RETURN – part of Konstvägen Sju Älvar/Art Road Seven Rivers in Borgafjäll the coming week. And a TV-clip from the news about the installation of the glass into the rock.

Link to article here

Link to TV-clip here

Photo: Tom Juslin

100 MIGRATORY at Almedalen seminar

almedalshjartan312pxWelcome to  “Culture driven growth” at Almedalen Visby Gotland Sweden Friday the 5th of July 09.00 – 12.00 in which the artproject 100 MIGRATORY take part. The seminar is organised by Region Västerbotten and Umeå2014.

The annual Almedalen Week is Sweden’s most intense political forum. Last year Umeå2014 got lots of attention with a well-attended seminar. Link to the program here.
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Some images of vessel no.63/100M from the lecture that day.

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Photo: Mats-Rune Bergström

100 MIGRATORY in Glass Magazine

Photo: Carl-Johan Utsi

Photo: Carl-Johan Utsi

100 MIGRATORY is featured in GLAS – Architecture Design Environment Technique; a magazine for the Glass Industry Association no. 1 2013 on page 38-39. The image is from the local journey of the hundret glass vessels to the Ulldevis mountains in February 2012. It should soon be an article on www.tidningenglas.se about the organisation I am a member of called Glass Academy – the Swedish glass artists and designers. The article will refer to the image in the paper magazine.

And…
I know this image is a press photo belonging to the project 100 MIGRATORY, yet I am persistent to tell media that the photographers namne should always be written along the photo. That is not done in this magazine so I write it here.
Photo by Carl-Johan Utsi.

Press conference

Welcome to the first press conference with the project Rock Art in Sápmi – the Museum of Västerbottens extensive project towards Umeå 2014 European Capital of Culture. Listen to short presentations of some of the different parts of the project. I will give a short update of the collaboration between the dancer and choreographer Carmen Olsson, Norrlandsoperan, and 100 MIGRATORY.

When: Thursday the 3rd of May at 3 – 4 pm
Where: Balkongen, Forskningsarkivet, Umeå University
Contact: Kristina Kalén +46 (0)70-621 84 40
Please contact Kristina if you attend the press conference.

Anja Pärson, Ingemar Stenmark and 100 MIGRATORY

Photo: Marianne Lindgren

It was the night of the nights in Tärnaby with the visit of the World Champion alpine skiers Anja Pärson and Ingemar Stenmark at the opening of the international alpine races Ingemartrofén. It was a top opportunity for the worlds most successful ski club Tärna IK Fjällvinden, together with the local business alliance called PR-föreningen, to say thank you and good luck to Anja Pärson in her future persuits. She recently retired from professional  alpine racing. The club and the business alliance gave one of the hundred vessels (part of the art project 100 MIGRATORY) as a thank you gift to both Anja and Ingemar. Anja is now the owner of no. 61/100 M ( 19 world championship medals plus 42 gold medals in World Cup races). Ingemar Stenmark recieved no. 86/100M ( he won 86 World Cup races during his career). However, they can take ownership of their glass vessels first after the final exhibition of 100 MIGRATORY in 2014, as the vessels have yet some world-wide journeys to undertake before then.

Read article in Västerbotten-Kuriren

Icehotel

                  Photo: Sofia Svonni

Show with sixteen vessels part of 100 MIGRATORY at Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi. A touch stressful beforehand, however a good show in the end. Thanks to my models; Inga Kemi, Hanna Salomonsson, Birgit Salomonsson and Sara Parfa Svonni. You were all pros!! One image posted now, but better ones to come…

The vessels were no. 6,10,13,15,18,25,34,41,48,53,55,63,64,66,67,74,and 80.

The article in the local paper Norrbottens-Kuriren.