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.
Art and visual culture pertaining to Nordic colonial histories have received surprisingly little scholarly attention and remain to be properly accounted for. The project’s contention is that the political investment in narratives of national and cultural homogeneity in the Nordic region have overshadowed the traditions of transcultural exchange, influence, and conflict engrained in histories of colonial encounters. The colonial inflection of the definition of art has also framed aesthetic practices by the colonized as 'ethnographica' to be studied by anthropologist not art historians. Aesthetic materials and practices relating to colonial history have rarely entered national art collections but have ended up in institutions such as ethnographic collections or maritime museums – if historicized at all. Questioning the conceptual boundaries of ‘art’, this research project seeks to move beyond nationalized art histories and their colonial legacies in order to develop new transcultural and decolonial approaches to historical engagement with art and visual culture.
The Art of Nordic Colonialism brings together researchers working with art archives and materials primarily related to Danish-Norwegian colonial projects in the Caribbean, India, West Africa, Greenland, Iceland and Sápmi, and Swedish colonial projects in the Caribbean, West Africa and Sápmi from the 17th century and onwards. In dialogue with theoretical discussions in fields such as global art history, decolonial studies, postcolonial studies, and indigenous studies, the project seeks to develop new conceptual and methodological approaches to the writing of transcultural art histories, attentive to processes of cultural syncretism, aesthetic exchange and cultural amalgamation. The research project not only seeks to foster new research, it also seeks to act as an agent of capacity building in the museum sector by stimulating the development of new curatorial and communicative strategies for working with transcultural perspectives and colonial histories.
|Anna Vestergaard Jørgensen||PhD Fellow||+4526819630|
|Bart Curtis Pushaw||Postdoc||+4535321139|
|David Winfield Norman||Enrolled PhD Student|
|Jens Emil Elg||PhD Fellow||+4535332917|
|Mathias Danbolt||Associate Professor||+4541151613|
|Nina Cramer||PhD Fellow||+4535335087|
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