Luleå Biennial 2020:
Time on Earth

Information regarding Covid-19

Last chance The Luleå Biennial 2020: Time on Earth

Wednesday February 10, 16~20 and Saturday February 13–Sunday February 14, 12~16
Galleri Syster is open. Group show with Augusta Strömberg, Susanna Jablonski and Ana Vaz.

Thursday February 11–Sunday February 14, 12~16
Havremagasinet länskonsthall in Bodenis open. Group show with Beatrice Gibson, Susanna Jablonski, Birgitta Linhart, Fathia Mohidin, Charlotte Posenenske, Tommy Tommie and Danae Valenza.

Saturday February 13–Sunday February 14, 14~18
The former prison Vita Duvan is open with an electro acoustic installation by Maria W Horn.

Saturday February 13, 15~19
The artist Markus Öhrn and the poet David Väyrynens sound installation "Bikt" is exhibited on the ice by Residensgatan in Luleå. Listen to older generations of Tornedal women and their testimonies.

Book your visit via Billetto. Drop in is possible as far as space allows.

For those of you who do not have the opportunity to physically visit the Luleå Biennale on site, a radio show including artist talks, sound works and specially written essays will be on stream on Saturday February 13–Sunday February 14. Visit our radio page here.

The exhibitions at Norrbotten's Museum, Luleå konsthall, Välkommaskolan in Malmberget and the Silver Museum are unfortunatly closed.

Excerpt from the poetry collection Felling
Pernilla Berglund

In Pernilla Berglund’s poetry language and place continuously both constitute and unravel the other. No meaning is self-evident. The poems attempt to approximate a particular experience of language and place only to since rephrase their premises.


The road looks like the road, the big waters to the left and the mountain shelves
high on the right. The roads are as alike as I


History walks beside us, we have walked beside you. If you could have seen us
beyond what we said, the shortening of time, just as I could have been
another. It is tangible now. I shall mourn myself a place.


Here we are at home or the experience is a limit towards reality.
The position I speak from I must always seize. If we told ourselves against,
a clarity that could be. Here we would be safe.


To communicate in order to avoid. I borrow shoes from the storage, speaking
on the hill, to fell wood like judgement. I walk from your opportunity, turning
the moss and the branches we collect from the ground, brush that has been cleared. Density
was in our way, every time we visit, now the stairway is overgrowing. I am spoken to
beneath the downed.


If we are sufficient in language, that it is always about speech.
We reside in the voice or what could become a strength. How can I know
when I coincide with myself. The bark back of the tree is also
its front.


You speak of cutting wood, from Felling downwards, ask for help with
the regrowth. The writing scars the ground, we shall no longer recognize ourselves.
The first page in the book that has come off and keeps falling out.


At the clearing grounds, we drove there to see

When it is time for fall, when everybody leaves into the woods

Felling the animals and falling into place

The use of all your expressions

The place as an excuse for the abscence

© Pernilla Berglund 2015
Translation to English by Mikael Berglund 2015

Radio 65.22 is an auditory cross section of the biennial’s theme and contents, which amplifies and makes accessible written texts, framed situations and artistic voices. Radio 65.22 also enables an encounter with chosen parts of the Luleå Biennial’s activities for those who cannot experience the biennial in situ.

With Radio 65.22, we want to inscribe ourselves into an experimental and exploratory radio tradition, where the media itself becomes a platform for our ideas on radio and its capacity to depict and mirror the world around us. The task of Radio 65.22 is to tell of reality, in further ways that may not be possible through the image or the text.

Under Fragments: Time on Earth you will find radio programmes and sound pieces in different genres and forms that reflect this year’s biennial in various ways. Spirit of Place is a touring series of literary conversations on language and place. The culture journalist Kerstin Wixe takes us along to places that have played a significant part in an author’s stories, or carries the story’s history. Woven Songs is a deepening series of radio programmes that accentuate singing, the voice and the role of storytelling in the creation of new world views and orders, produced in collaboration with Public Art Agency Sweden.

Listen, reflect, enjoy!