Final glass vessel home!

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Today I got the last vessel of glass back. No. 96 from Lovozero Russia.
Many thanks to caretaker Olga Budovich and “freight coordinator” Anna Afanasyeva!

Look at the film on SvT Play from last night called Tundrans dotter by Paul Anders Simma (can only be seen within Sweden) from the area of Lovozero Russia.

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Árran Lule Sami Center Norway

Getting closer to the opening now and I work around the clock to get it all together in time. Tonight I got some new images from Àrran Lule Sami Center in Drag Norway and vessel no. 17. The local school kids had a painting workshop and no. 17 was there with them. Have a look at the blog here from that day and read about in in Norwegian below.
Thanks to Árran, Lis-Mari Hjortfors and photographer  Ragnhild Lien!

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Gjenstand Nr 17 befinner seg på Árran

Gjenstand Nr 17 er en vase i kunstglass som befinner seg nå på Árran og var en del av feiringen på Samefolkets Dag. Den inngår i de fem utstillingene som er blitt vist på Árran den siste tiden.

Vasen ble fraktet over fjellet, en vandring på Rádjebálges / Grenseleden fra Ritsem i Sverige til Sørfjorden i Tysfjord, en strekning på 42 km over tre dager. I motsetning til de øvrige 99 gjenstandene, som ble sendt rundt om i verden på raskest mulig måte, fikk nr 17 en langsom reise med mennesker, kunstneren med familie og nære venner, som bar den i flere dager mens de lyttet til naturen,- til fugler og sus fra elver og bekker. Kunstneren Monica L Edmondson fikk rikelig tid til å tenke over hvorfor hun egentlig ønsket å gjøre dette omfattende kunstprosjekt.

La vasen vandre fra hånd til hånd

Nr 17 ble presentert for 5. klasse i Tysfjordskolene, som en aktivitet innen Den kulturelle skolesekken. Elevene fikk nærkontakt med den mens de deltok i en maleworkshop. Tanken var at den kanskje skulle gi inspirasjon i elevenes kunstneriske arbeid. For elevene ble kanskje malingen en ting, mens møte med vasen var noe annet,- men noen lot seg kanskje inspirere av vasens fjelltur….? En av lærerne ble tydeligvis betatt av vasens farger og gjenskapte dem med pensel. Bildene viser at 5. klassingene (og noen 6. og 7. klassinger) betraktet vasen og håndterte den med stor forsiktighet

Alaska!!

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Vessel no. 21 is looked after by Arna Dan Isacsson in Fairbanks Alaska and I just love these images from a day down by the Tanana river with dancing, drumming and story telling by her Yupik friend Marty Naulalria Hintz.

A few Words by Marty to Arna after that day:
“I was so honored to do this and be part of the Migratory Vessel sharing and that was the day my parka will last be used.  As you saw it was very fragile but, what a special day and reason to use it.”

And I have the best Little film-clips from the day – but how do I download them onto this blog?? They are sent to me as an .MOV file…
Help!

All photos: Patricia Baer

ÁHPI – wide as oceans

In the new Music video ÁHPI – wide as oceans by Sofia Jannok you can get a glimpse of vessel no. 36/100M (2:56 into the video) on YouTube. The image in the video was from the 11th September this year during the demonstrations against mining at Gállok Sweden – before the vessel cracked…

 

99 vessels left…

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Slowly gently
all alone
She walked towards the edge last night
in a room
locked and alarmed

I can still see the tracks

She drifted towards the edge and fell
she left a story
a message
in her shattered pieces of glass

It is real now
this threat to our lives
this rape of our Earth
SERIOUS DANGER
Please be aware
and understand this my friends

She is there now
amongst her people
Rocks and glass
sand soda lime

Glass is fragile
yet forever strong
if looked after
according to its needs

Like a human being
like our nature
Like the Sámi people
like glass

Vessel Thirty-six

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Vessel nr.36/100M in pieces at the exhibition Gállok Protest Art, Sámi Duodji, Jokkmokk the 18th of September 2013.
Photo: Jenni Laiti

Text på svenska:

Långsamt försiktigt
ensam
vandrade hon mot kanten
i ett låst och larmat rum

Jag kan ännu se spåren

Hon gled mot kanten – hon föll
och kvar blev en berättelse
som ett tecken
i hennes skärvor av glas

Det är på riktigt nu
det här hotet mot livet
den här våldtäkten av vår Jord
AKUT FARA
Snälla, lyssna och förstå!

Hon är där nu
bland hennes vänner
Sten och glas
sand soda kalk

Glas är skört
samtidigt starkt i all evighet
om det tas omhand
för vad det egentligen är

Som en människa
som vår natur
Som det samiska folket
som glas

Du kärl Trettiosex

Lake Titicaca Peru

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Sometimes I wish I was like the tiny leprechauns Nils Holgersson i the story ‘The wonderful adventures of Nils’ by the Nobel prize in literature author Selma Lagerlöf. Nils – who travelled throughout Sweden on the back of a goose. However, I would have chosen one of my world-wide travelling vessels of glass instead of a goose.

Today I have the pleasure to present images from Lake Titicaca and vessel no.100/100M. The Uru people are pre-Incan people who live on man-made floating islands in Lake Titicaca. The islands are made out of reeds and on each island 2 – 10 families live. The purpose of the island settlements was originally defensive, and if a threat arose they could be moved away from land.

Lake Titicaca is the highest ‘navigable’ lake in world with a surface elevation at 3.812 meters. It is situated on the border between Peru and Bolivia.

Many thanks to Gunilla and NilsBertil Stenvall!

Inari Finland and some lost images…

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Above you can see some images from North Finland. It is vessel no.20/100M captured during a lunch boattrip on Lake Inari. In Inari you can also find Sajos, the Sámi Cultural Center and home to the Finnish Sámi Parliament.

I would like to tell you about two travelling vessels without any photos:
Vessel no. 71/100M went to the Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade Serbia and vessel no. 96/100M was looked after by Inga-Maria Mulk in Cambridge Great Britain. And that’s also part of the deal of living, isn’t it? Sometimes great moments are not captured on film. They are still part of our thoughts and memories and keeps living if we keep talking and thinking about them.

Reykjavik Iceland

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Many thanks to the Embassy of Sweden in Reykjavik Iceland and Christina Nilroth who took care of vessel no. 56.
Photos by Christer Hultqvist.

My absolute favourite musician right now is from Iceland. His name is Ólafur Arnalds and here you find a youtube link to Only the Winds live from a performance at Mellow Johnny’s bike shop!! in Austin Texas.

Prague Czech Republic

In the end of the 90’s I studied for a visual arts degree at Canberra School of Art, Australian National University. During one night (I can’t remember why we were there), around the Aboriginal Tent Embassy outside the Old Parliament House, I met this couple from Sweden. It happened to be Titti and Rolf Ericsson. Rolf was working at the Embassy of Sweden and we had much to talk about and Titti and I realized that we were from the same hometown above the Arctic Circle in Sweden, Gällivare.

During the years we have met now and then. Sometimes by chance, like at a reception in the Embassy of Australia Stockholm. Or like in more recent years in Prague, where my husband and I could stay with Rolf at the embassy during the setup and opening of a glass show I was invited to take part in.

Now Rolf and the Embassy of Sweden in Prague has been the caretaker of this vessel no. 52/100M. And it is a wonderful story and  wonderful images from the Czech Republic. Enjoy!

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Two stories by Evgenia & Arina and why Prague

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Evgenia

“I can tell you two different stories about why I moved to Prague – the boring one and the real one, even though the latter would not seem so real to many. I could say that I moved to find a better life, or a better job, or a better country… it is all true in a way but there are things way more subtle, things which may seem unimportant at the first sight but which, at the end of the day, really matter.

In Gustav Meyrink’s book ‘The Angel of the West Window’, a woman sees a city in her dreams, a magic city with high towers and beautiful bridges, a city which she immediately feels she belongs to. How surprised she is when, some years later, she is travelling to Prague and realizes – it IS the place she has seen in her dreams! Believe it or not – that exactly is what happened to me, long before I discovered this book. I first came to Prague as a tourist in 2008 and my heart immediately recognized the place I had been dreaming about for a long time. On the train back home my heart was tearing apart, being separated from its newly found love – Prague. I came back again and again, and finally, in 2011, I packed all my stuff in one suitcase and booked a one-way flight ticket. It has been 2,5 years now that we are together. I found out that Prague has a heavy personality and is moody a lot. I still cannot figure it out. This city is like a beautiful sophisticated woman you cannot ever get bored with. These walls and stones were here centuries before I was born, they will be here centuries after I am gone. Our lives are not more significant than that of a firefly – and I am thankful that mine got to shine, even for a little while, on these beautiful streets.”

 Evgenia, born in Russia, resident in Prague since 2011, freelance software tester.

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Arina

Ari

“Sometimes new acquaintances, upon finding out about my “mixed-European” origin, wonder: ‘What even brought you to Prague?’ All I can say is ‘An accident’. My entire life path until arriving here had been quite spontaneous, full of coincidences and adventure, so the decision of moving to Prague came almost ‘out of the blue’, no kidding! By then I had spent my childhood and adolescence in four different countries, so the idea of trying out another one was nothing intimidating, but rather already natural. As a fresh high school graduate, living separately from the family, I luckily had the freedom to decide where to start my university studies and a career, and this country in the middle of Europe, which was therefore equally close to any trip destination in Europe, gifted with a stunningly rich cultural and historic heritage, with an interesting language and peaceful, friendly people, eventually got to the top of my wish list. I want to emphasize that this choice was one of the best decisions of my entire life. At the moment I feel at home – more than anywhere else before or after moving to Prague. My professional and personal lives are strongly bound to this place, and the beauty of Prague is something that can impress me eternally, each time like the first time: It is the sensation of having freshly fallen in love, which never passes.”

Ari, born in Russia and raised in Finland, resident in Prague since 2007. Founder, CEO, translator, interpreter and copywriter at OWL languages. Technical support specialist for an antivirus IT company.

Both photos by Alef Prazsky at the Tribo Fuego fire show, Petrin Hill, Prague

These stories are part of vessel no. 52/100M’s journey to the Embassy of Sweden in Prague Czech Republic 2012/2013. Many thanks to Rolf Ericsson.

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)

Gállok – Police, excavators, a Maori Princess and a vessel of glass

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Unexpected feelings yesterday of sadness mixed with pride when I saw images of vessel no. 36/100M demonstrating in its own peaceful way against a society without any respect of people and nature. The vessel is made out of glass. Fragile but at the same time forever strong if looked after according to its needs. Like a human being, like our nature, like the Sami people – like glass.

There are many issues talking against a mine at Gállok in the middle of Sábme Samiland, north Sweden, an area close to the World Heritage Site Laponia. The original cause is the fact that the Swedish state continues giving away the land and nature of our country and future generations to shortsighted foreign prospectors that will profit at the expense of the indigenous Sami people, local people and the nature.

I want to discuss one of the issues not so often raised in the debate: it is about the human and personal aspect of the effects of mining in an area used and looked after by the Sami people. We have no ancient photos, old written parchments or previous rock house foundations to prove that we have been here generation after generation. That is because we have looked after our nature, taken care of her and made sure to work in harmony with her without leaving traces behind. That is respect.

Yet, we own a treasure hidden in the mountains and in the hardly seen paths winding through the forest. The treasure is our stories, the verbal histories from the past and from today. The land, the streams, the mountains and that specific rock carry all the stories of my past and with the stories I learn about my history, about how to act in specific situations, how to look at life in general – it’s a cultural heritage woven into the story by the land.

The stories of the past create a feeling of home, a core in life, and a deep connection with previous generations. When I walk the same path my great grandmother walked while I listen to her story of that specific mountain or rock, told by my grandmother, I get a feeling of belonging. Me – today, is part of yesterday. I belong. We belong. And by understanding this I can also look forward with enjoyment and see the future; a future where my children walk the same path as my great grandmother.

I think too many people in our society have lost that natural connection with the past, they can’t see where they come from. They search for identity and meaning and somewhere to belong. If they don’t find it they might make their own artificial world with their own ‘right and wrongs’. That can be fatal.

Please, don’t cut that path of mine and destroy our nature with your large machines, and please don’t stop that river flow. You tear open our souls to nothing then and you get lost people, a lost land and you take away the pride of giving a beautiful world and a meaningful life to future generations.

Erina Rhöse (Maori from New Zealand) said yesterday at Gállok: “You have to hide yourself Mother Earth. You have to hide your treasures and make them invisible for them. You have to make the ore invisible and useless for them. Hide yourself, hide.”

Read more about the different issues of mining in Gállok area close to Jokkmokk in The Detroit News,  The Washington Post,  London Mining network and at the webpage What local people or sign the petition Stop Mining in Jokkmokk. And consider this is only one out of many areas in Sweden interesting for future mining.

You tube related links Gállok by Maxida Märak, Kråkan by Jörgen Stenberg, The Mountain by Maxida Märak & Downhill Bluegrass Band or Gállok by Niillas Holmberg & Roope Mäenpää feat. Ánne Mággá Wigelius. Or listen to Sofia Jannok´s speech at TEDxGateway 2012 Our Rights to Earth and Freedom.

The local TV news Provmalmen körs från Kallak from the demonstrations yesterday with vessel no.36

All photos by Jenni Laiti.

230 guests, a wedding, a Princess and vessel no 14

230 guests, a wedding, a Princess and vessel no 14

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Read this marvellous story of vessel no. 14 from Palma de Mallorca Spain. Thank you Ulf and Andreu! All photos by Peter Ericson.

The vessel number 14 has been on Palma de Mallorca in Spain. In the home of Ulf Bernström from Storuman, Sweden and Andreu Bover Bover from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

They are 2 gay men, 47 and 49 years. They have both their own story about beeing gay. They have similar challenges when young in their hometowns and also the process of coming out. There are definitely similarities but the law in the different home countries were different then. Continue reading

Lost In America!

Vessel no. 45 has been lost from the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC for almost a month. Finally it was found and – in exchange to Kosta Boda glass – no.45 could return back to the embassy. Remind me of  ‘Lost In America’ by Alice Cooper’ 😉

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When I made the first contacts with the embassy in 2012 we realized something quite thrilling. The Public Diplomacy Theme for the Swedish embassy in the US 2013 was “Globalization & Migration”. Just like one of the issued explored in my art project 100 MIGRATORY. We tried to work out a way for 100 MIGRATORY to take part in the actual program in the US that year, but economical and practical issues stopped those plans. Yet, 100M was part of the official program of the embassy during the first half of 2013 and vessel no.45 became a symbol for their meetings and discussions.

And the story about the lost vessel? Well, no.45 returned in one piece to Tärnaby today- and who knows what really happened during the time it was lost from the Embassy of Sweden…

Read the wonderful story written in Swedish by vessel no.45 Min berättelse 45/100

Many thanks to the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC and specially Jenny Mählqvist!

All photos by Paulina Rehbinder.