Hauan Johnsen to collaborate with a Palestinian artist at international indigenous peoples festival in Nord-Troms
Professor Hilde Hauan Johnsen is one of eight artists participating in an art project called 'The Stitch Project', which will take place during the Riddu Riđđu festival in Nord-Troms from 11 to 15 July 2012. MA student Kiyoshi Yamamoto and BA student Marie Skeie Lobo are also involved in the project.
Photo (top): Work of art by Marie Skeie Lobo
It is an important goal for 'The Stitch Project' to broaden and strengthen the dialogue between artists in Palestine and the Nordic countries. The first part of this collaboration will start during the Riddu Riđđu festival in Nord-Troms, to which the Palestinian artist Oyman Salman has been invited.
The plan is to create an arena filled with experiences, dialogue, knowledge and inspiration.
Connection between Hebron and Nord-Troms
The idea for the project arose a year ago.
'During last year's Riddu Riđđu festival, we started weaving a thread that will go all the way to Hebron in Palestine,' says Hilde Hauan Johnsen, who is collaborating with MA art student Kiyoshi Yamamoto and BA art student Marie Skeie Lobo. The two of them have also collaborated before on various art projects.
'This provided the inspiration for the bond that has developed between Palestinian and Nordic craft makers who have started the collaborative 'The Stitch Project'.
This year, there are eight artists with backgrounds from the Nordic countries and Palestine. The artists want to invite participants at the festival to be part of the project. They will take a large cloth with them around which people can gather to share stories, both though conversations and by impressing them directly on the cloth.
- Hilde Hauan (NO)
- Britta Marakatt-Laba (SE)
- Hildur Bjarnadottir (IS)
- Marie Skeie (NO)
- Kiyoshi Yamamoto (JP/BR)
- Oyman Salman (Palestine)
About the festival
Riddu Riđđu will take place from 11 to 15 July 2012. The festival has a wide-ranging programme, including a children's festival, art exhibition, youth camp, literature, dramatic art, music, a film programme, seminar and courses. The festival has grown to become one of the most important international indigenous peoples festivals in Europe.