Folding Forced Utopias, for you

Joar Nango, Folding Forced Utopias, 2016

Joar Nango, Folding Forced Utopias, for you, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2016

Joar Nango, Folding Forced Utopias, for you, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2016

Joar Nango, Folding Forced Utopias, for you, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2016

Joar Nango, Folding Forced Utopias, for you, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2016

Joar Nango, Folding Forced Utopias, for you, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2016

Joar Nango, Folding Forced Utopias, for you, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2016

Joar Nango, Folding Forced Utopias, for you, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2016

Folding Forced Utopias, for you

Friday, October 21, 2016 to Saturday, December 3, 2016
Opening Reception
October 21,
6:00PM to 8:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

Extending a body of research on Indigenous architecture, Joar Nango will present a new site-specific work that responds to histories of forced resettlement in arctic communities. Focusing on case studies from Canada, Greenland and Russia, the exhibition examines how architecture has been used as a tool in the colonial project and the global politics of northern resource extraction and sovereignty.

Essay by Rebecca Lemire »

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Artist Biography: 

Joar Nango is an architect with a degree from NTNU in Norway. He works with place-specific installations and self-made publications, which explore the boundary between architecture, design and visual art. Thematically speaking, his work relates to questions of indigenous identity, often through investigating the oppositions and contradictions in contemporary architecture. Recently, he has worked on the theme The Modern Sámi Space through, amongst other things, a self-published zine series entitled Sámi Huksendáidda: the Fanzine, design project Sámi Shelters and the mixtape/clothing project Land & Language. He is also a founding member of the architecture collective FFB, which works with temporary installations in urban contexts. Currently, he lives and works in Tromsø, Norway. He has done several exhibitions in Canada, at 161Gallon gallery (2007) and Gallery Deluxe Gallery in Halifax (2008), at GallerySAW in Ottawa (2013) and at Western Front in Vancouver (2014). Joar’s work has also been exhibited internationally in Ukraine, Finland, China, Russia, Colombia and Bolivia. Next year he is invited to exhibit at Documenta14 in Athens and Kassel.

Writer: 

Rebecca Lemire is a writer and art historian based in Montreal. Currently, she is studying towards her PhD at Concordia University where her research looks at the intersection of Indigenous design practices and organic modernism in North America. Prior to her doctoral studies she held positions at Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Indigenous Arts at The Banff Centre, the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, and the Design Exchange Museum. She also curates and writes exhibition texts, and has organized shows such as Probing McLuhan for the CONTACT Photography Festival and Myth into Matter: Inuit Sculpture at the University of Toronto Art Centre. She has received fellowships from both the University of Toronto and Concordia University and in 2013 was awarded the Martin Eli Weil National Prize for her essay on the work of Douglas Cardinal. Most recently, she received support from the Terra Foundation for American Art to conduct research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Location: 
Canada
Latitude: 43.647748
Longitude: -79.395018