Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF)
Festival, Multiple venues, Henningsvær (Lofoten), Norway.
Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) presents works by international artists in a local and site-specific context, seeking to be open and experimental, a meeting place for artists, audience, and locals.
Heidi Ballet and Milena Hoegsberg will curate the 2017 edition of this unique art biennial festival, which takes place in Norway’s remote Lofoten Islands; an archipelago above the Arctic Circle:
"We are very excited to curate the next edition of LIAF. The exhibition will propose a speculation about the near and distant future of the Lofoten archipelago, based on its position next to the Arctic and considering the fact that this is a territory of growing geopolitical importance. Continued melting of the ice caps in the Arctic will allow unprecedented access to underwater resources and will also open up an alternative shipping route that promises to shorten cargo travel between Hamburg and Shanghai by 30 percent. In this project the ambition will be to move beyond a perspective that gives primary importance to the land by acknowledging oceanic space as an essential site of connectivity for trade currents that have historically defined political and economic relations in the world. Lofoten is a key part of this territory."
LIAF 2017 proposes speculations about the future of the Lofoten archipelago and its surrounding sea. Situated 150 years from now, the biennial draws on science fiction as a model for thinking about far-off futures.
The festival will look at the complex territory of the sea as a space of possibility and connectivity, in considering how artists rethink notions of “belonging” and “owning” in relation to the coast and the sea. Rather than attempt to make predictions, LIAF 2017 aims to explore how art can open up a space for new modes of knowing, needed to think and create the future.
In addition to the exhibitions, 2017 programe will include a series of open lectures and meetings throughout the exhibition period.