EXHIBITION PANEL NOW STREAMING
ON THE ARCTIC EDGE — ARTISTS EXPLORE THE FAR NORTH
MARION BELANGER, CLARE BENSON & STEVE GIOVINCO
NOW EXTENDED THROUGH SAT—MARCH 4
New York—Now extended through March 4 at Scandinavia House, On the Arctic Edge — Artists Explore the Far North presents three contemporary photo-based artists whose work traverses the regions of the Arctic Circle to probe themes ranging from time and memory, to landscape and the built environment, to science and mythology, to our changing climate. Since opening in October, the exhibition has been chosen as a "Must See" by Artforum and acclaimed in a fall review by Musée Magazine as inviting viewers "to step into the silence ofan endless winter."On February 4, artists Marion Belanger, Clare Benson, and Steve Giovinco discussed their work in an Artist Panel moderated by photographer Erika Larsen. The panel examined the individual experiences and work of each artist, as well as the broader perspective the exhibition brings as a collective reflection on the rapidly changing landscape of the Arctic region; the talk was recorded and is now available to stream.
Other related programming includes a discussion this Thursday, February 16 at 7 PM with author Lisa E. Bloom
about her new book Climate Change and the New Polar Aesthetics: Artists Reimagine the Arctic and Antarctica, out now from Duke University Press. In this new publication, Bloom considers the ways artists, filmmakers, and activists engaged with the Arctic and Antarctic represent our current environmental crises and reconstruct public understandings of them by engaging feminist, Black, Indigenous, and non-Western perspectives by artists such as Katja Aglert, Subhankar Banerjee, Judit Hersko, Roni Horn, Isaac Julien, Zacharias Kunuk, and others.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Photographer and interdisciplinary artist Clare Benson’s series Until There Is No Sun is a poetic investigation of the Arctic’s duality: the relationships between light and seeing, earth and sky, science and ancient myth. Created over nearly a year living in the far north of Arctic Sweden working in coordination with space physicists, Sami indigenous reindeer herders, and scientists studying the eyes of Arctic reindeer, her photographs, videos, and collected artifacts on view include the time-lapse capture video work A Thousand Suns. Marion Belanger photographs the cultural landscape, particularly where geology and the built environment intersect, exploring concepts of persistence and change and ways that boundaries demarcate differences. Her series Rift/Fault studies shifting land-based tectonic edges of the North American Continental Plate in Iceland and California, examining their unpredictable and uncontainable behavior. NYC-based fine-art photographer Steve Giovinco’s lyrical night landscapes in the recent series Inertia look at the land, ice, and communities of Southern Greenland. Giovinco traveled to locations including Narsarsuaq, a small remote town lying in the shadow of glaciers, to capture vast scarred landscapes; shrinking icebergs and ice floes; desolate villages; and 400-year-old Norse ruins; all marked with minimal traces of human intervention.
Each artist is an ASF Fellow having received financial support from the American-Scandinavian Foundation from funds donated by Scandinavian Seminar. Over the last 100 years, ASF has awarded over 5,500 fellowships and grants to Americans and Scandinavians, in the Foundation’s longest-standing commitment to cultural and educational exchange.
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