100 MIGRATORY in TV documentary 22 Dec 2015

web_arstider100 MIGRATORY is part of the Swedish television documentary Åtta Årstider  by Oskar Östergren the 22nd of December 2015. It is a program in which eight Sami artists talk about their art and their relationship to the eight Sami seasons.

SVT2 och SVT Play 22 Dec 2015 at 7.30 PM
SVT2 24 Dec 2015 at 10.25 AM
SVT2 27 Dec 2015 at 11.00 PM

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.

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!

Expressen Kultur 20140505

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

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.

Check this film out – Daelvie/Winter

Photo: Monica L Edmondson

Photo: Monica L Edmondson

I’m honoured to be part of this beautiful first film about 8 Sami artists / seasons, together with Carmen Olsson and Magnus Andersson. Thanks to Oskar Östergren!

Link to film here (scroll down in text on that page) and it is subtitled in English.

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

Natures own stage backdrop


I’m screening through photos for the coming book about 100 MIGRATORY and find this image from February this year. The scene for Carmen Olsson, and her dance with the vessels of glass in snow, was suddenly presented with a spectacular backdrop light by the sun. Magic that brought tears to my Eyes. With us were Oskar Östergren (film) and Mikael Rutberg (photos).



Nils Gaup

Oscarnominated filmdirector and actor Nils Gaup (nominated for best foreign film – Pathfinder – in 1988) was with me for a day in Umeå in the end of last week, to help me sharpen my thoughts about 100 MIGRATORY and the final exhibition.

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We went to the Museum of Västerbotten where the exhibition is going to take place February – May 2014 . The actual exhibition room of 300 square meters is currently under reconstruction and pretty messy. However, it was great to get Nils feedback about the room, the light and the glass.  He thought the previous plans we made for the project are totally on the right track and the confirmation by Nils made me so happy and confident that-  yes, this will be fine Monica.

All the time I learn so much and I realise we all have so much experience and knowledge within our specific fields. And when we get together, now and then, I feel I just get sucked in by this endless positive creative spiral with no limits…

…and it’s not every day it’s a happy creative feeling with no limitations working as an artist – that’s for sure!

So lets meet more often, you guys out there, and share our experiences within the cultural fields of art, literature, design, crafts, music, theatre, photo, dance, film and so on… It is endless what we can create and express together.

Dance, glass and snow

I don’t really find words rich enough to describe this day up to the mountain Väretsfjället close to Tärnaby and Mittibäcken. The aim of the day on the 15th of February 2013 was to bring 36 glass vessels and dancer and choreographer Carmen Olsson on two snowmobiles up onto the mountain, so Carmen could get a day in the snow to explore movements and dance with the vessels of glass.

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The weather was in a way exactly as I wanted; not too cold, not too windy and not too sunny. A whiteout in the morning so Carmen could experience the feeling of travelling in this white vast landscape where the only reference points were ourselves and the snowmobiles. Then – when everything was setup and Carmen worked most intensively – this opening up of the sky with a visable sun, now looking like a moon, peeking through the clouds. A kind of natures own performance forming the most beautiful backdrop a dancer could ask for.

So I go from clarity to certainty that 100 MIGRATORY really wants to be.

Most of the logistics was organised through Oskar Östergren, who was filming that day for his and Hijvens project 8 seasons – 8 films and all images here is by photographer Mikael Rutberg who also came with us on behalf of the Museum of Västerbotten.

…it was the first day in my life I had warm freshly roasted almonds over an open fire up on the mountain – thanks to Carmen. A day to keep in my heart forever.

Ricklundgården Saxnäs Sweden

Photo: Mikael Rutberg

The first week of October Ricklundgården was the home of dance and glass. Dancer and choreographer Carmen Olsson (Norrlandsoperan) met glass artist Monica L Edmondson – to get an understanding of the thoughts and feelings behind and within Monica´s art project 100 MIGRATORY. Carmen started her work to interpret and reflect on 100 M in movements and dance.

You can experience the final result of the collaboration in a dance performance at the Museum of Västerbotten in winter 2014 as part of Rock Art in Sápmi and Umeå 2014 –the European Capital of Culture.

Photo: Mikael Rutberg

dance and glass

This week I’m packing the car with glass again, to drive to Saxnäs and the studio at Ricklundgården together with the dancer and choreographer Carmen Olsson. We are going to be there for a week now in the beginning of October 2012, to get to know each other and the thoughts and feelings behind and within the project 100 MIGRATORY. It is a collaboration between Norrlandsoperan Umeå and Carmen that will result in a dance performance in Umeå 2014 as a reflection of Carmen´s interpretation of the project. And the work for that is starting now. I really look forward to the week ahead and it’s exciting and a touch scary at the same time. I have no idea of what’s there in front of us. I’ll keep you posted.

Photo: Beppe Arvidsson

Work meeting at the museum of Västerbotten

It is so exciting and fun and scary. Last week we had a meeting in the exhibition space where the show is going to take place for 14 weeks. Here a pic of Carmen Olsson – dancer and choreographer – who is going to make a performance of her interpretation of the art project 100 MIGRATORY.
I can’t wait until the opening in the end of January 2014 at the Museum of Västerbotten!

World EXPO 2012 Yeosu South Korea

Last February some of the glass vessels in the art project 100 MIGRATORY was part of the Sámi Design and Fashion Extravaganza show at Icehotel Jukkasjärvi north Sweden. Now the film from Icehotel is going to be on show, by the Swedish Trade Council, at the opening the 12th of May of Världsutställningen World EXPO 2012 at Yeosu South Korea. The film was made 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.

Dance collaboration

Photo: Beppe Arvidsson

A collaboration between the dancer and choreographer Carmen Olsson, Norrlandsoperan, and my art project 100 MIGRATORY start during the month of October 2012. The dance performance will open in spring 2014 at the Museum of Västerbotten Umeå, as part of Umeå 2014 European Capital of Culture and Rock Art in Sápmi.

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