The Art of Nordic Colonialism Writing Transcultural Art Histories

The Art of Nordic Colonialism brings together researchers, curators, and artists working on art and visual culture related to Nordic colonial projects in the Caribbean, West Africa, India, Greenland, Iceland, and Sápmi. The project arises from the fact that artists took active part in imperialist projects from the 17th century and onwards, either as participants in colonial expeditions, as 'tourists' and travellers, or as onlookers from home. At the same time, colonized subjects used aesthetic practices in their resistance to colonial rule.

This research project will commence a collective examination and discussion of the role colonialism has had on the creation and reception of art and art histories across the Nordic countries and their former colonies from the 1600s up until the present.




Internal researchers

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Principal investigator: Mathias Danbolt

Project start: 1 September 2019

Name Title Phone E-mail
Bart Curtis Pushaw Postdoc +4535321139 E-mail
Jens Emil Elg PhD Fellow +4535332917 E-mail
Mathias Danbolt Professor +4541151613 E-mail
Nina Cramer PhD Fellow +4535335087 E-mail

External researchers

  • Nivi Katrine Christensen, Director, Nuuk Art Museum

  • Gunvor Guttorm, Professor, Sámi University of Applied Science

  • Monica Grini, Assistant Professor, University of Tromsø – Arctic University

  • Ann-Sofie Nielsen Gremaud, Assistant Professor, University of Iceland, Reykjavik

  • Temi Odumosu, Senior Lecturer, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University, Sweden

  • Åsa Bharathi Larsson, Assistant Professor, University of Uppsala

  • Dorthe Aagesen, Senior Curator, SMK – National Gallery of Denmark

  • Randi Godø, Curator, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway

  • Lill-Ann Körber, Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark

  • Mette Kia Krabbe Meyer, Senior Research Fellow, Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen

  • David Norman Winfield, Postdoc, University of Michigan