Anders Sunna is a visual artist with different dimensions of style. Since his adolescence, he has used art as a form of political agitation. His large paintings, installations and performance acts are about the oppression he and his family experience and the struggle for their rights. Through his art he expresses a diversity of emotions that cannot be conveyed in words – emotions that are rooted in the racialisation of the Sámi, the abuses they have endured and are still forced to wrestle with today.
THE TREES, LIGHT GREEN: LANDSCAPE PAINTING – PAST AND PRESENT
With this exhibition, Bonniers Konsthall sets out to grasp questions related to our historical and current relationship to nature via the artistic genre of landscape painting. Alongside historical work the exhibition shows a number of contemporary artists, all tackling the tradition of landscape painting in some way, and focusing their attention on nature and the environment. The exhibition offers us the chance to face our currently disappearing landscape, to see how it appears and how it is expressed. At times, the current climate catastrophe is obvious. At other times, not at all.
Vast landscapes, fragrant moss and reindeer skulls. Varbergs konsthall presents a major solo exhibition by the artist and Sámi activist Anders Sunna (b. 1985 Kieksiäisvaara). In his art, he explores his Northern Sámi background and what it means to be Sámi in Sweden. With his own personal history as a point of departure, Sunna reveals, in a historical as well as contemporary perspective, the resistance, racism and abuse that the Sámi have faced. In monumental paintings and sculptures, he creates an awareness of the colonisation of Sámi land and culture. “Exploration Target – Area Infected” manifests a showdown with the Swedish state.
Across the world local communities are displaced in conflicts about the right to forests, agricultural land, minerals and watercourses. The group exhibition Every Leaf Is an Eye references this colonial violence, and demonstrates how various local, political and historical events are intimately interconnected in a global struggle for the ways of life threatened by the exploitation of corporations, governments and colonial powers.
It’s finally here again. Curated by Joa Ljungberg and Santiago Mostyn, the 2018 edition of The Moderna Exhibition presents the work of nearly forty artists connected to the Swedish art scene, offering both sober and intimate reflections on Swedish society today, on a natural world that is no longer what it once was, and a future that appears to have already begun.