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“Lay Of(f) the Land: Nordic Narratives” Exhibit

April 5 - June 16

“Lay of(f) the Land: Nordic Narratives” will open on Friday, April 5 at 6 p.m. with
artists Dragos Alexandrescu, Linnéa Therese Dimitriou, Heidi-Anett Haugen, Hanna
Kanto, Lotta Lampa, Patricia Rodas, Anastasia Savinova, and Madelaine Sillfors.
Profoundly influenced by Nordic culture, landscape, and even weather, the Art
Alliance of the Arctic South (A-A-A-S) consists of eight artists whose work spans
medium and scale—from intricate collages and life-size sculptural installations to
evocative video pieces and design objects. Their synergy stems from a shared ethos: a
deep-rooted connection to nature, and a place-specific gaze upon environmental and
cultural discourses. With this comes an unraveling of identity—both personal and
collective. The vast, almost otherworldly Nordic landscapes serve as both muse and
narrative, embodying themes of colonization (literal and figurative,) ecological
devastation, and the continual process of mourning and healing.

From their unique vantage points in peripheral locations, far removed from traditional
art centers, the artists offer a distinct and intimate perspective, shedding light on
worldwide socio-economic dilemmas and the imminent climate crisis. A heavy
physical presence permeates their work, reflecting both past and present, tradition and
contemporaneity. Vulnerability and empathy underscore their narratives, prompting
deeper existential introspection as they urge viewers to ponder art’s pivotal role amidst
global shifts, raising imperative questions about our shared future.
In essence, the A-A-A-S encapsulates a delicate balance between the old and the new,
the local and the global. Introducing Northern Scandinavia’s next-wave artists to the
United States, this group exhibition is set to challenge, provoke, and inspire,
prompting us all to consider our collective path and the pressing need for change.
Ultimately, it urges a look inward—to the roots and to the self.
The Swedish American Museum has shared art, culture, and history from throughout
the world and this next Main Gallery exhibit opening provides visitors with an
opportunity to meet the artists behind the pieces on display. Lay Of(f) the Land:
Nordic Narratives is curated by Vasia Rigou. The exhibit is open at the Swedish
American Museum from April 5 – June 16.


April 5
June 16
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Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640 United States
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