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.

Lulu is how Luleå first appeared in writing in 1327, a name of Sami origin that can be translated as “Eastern Water”. This is the title of the Luleå Biennial’s journal, fiirst published in conjunction with the Luleå Biennial 2018. For this years edition of the biennial readers are offered different points of entry to the biennial’s overall theme: realism today. The Lulu journal is made by the biennial’s artistic and invited guest editors. It is published here on the biennial’s website and can be downloaded for printing. Design: Aron Kullander-Östling & Stina Löfgren.

ISSN: 2003~1254

Jannete Hentati – Messaure

This episode is in Swedish

Messaure is the name of a place, the name of a dam, the name of a hydroelectric power station. It derives from the Lule Sami name of a nearby lake, Miessávrre.

At the beginning of the essay Messaure, the author, along with her mother and husband, arrive a the former power station community where the mother once grew up. In the encounter with this place, the people who have gathered there and family history belonging to the author, the different historic layers and tensions of the place unravel. And one of these layers: the author’s own thought, feelings and puzzlements facing the legacy and stories that appear to belong to her.

Messaure is an excerpt from Allt flyter, an ongoing literary project with Little and Big Lule River in focus, where the regulation of the water in the river and those areas of conflict in past and present times are bound up with what the text uncovers and examines. The project formulates and seeks answers to questions that concern the relation between memory and history, between power and narrative, between roots and change, between the personal and the political and the past’s constant presence in the present.

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Jannete Hentati (b. 1982, Luleå) is a writer and PhD in social anthropology, based in Lysekil.