Luleå Biennial 2022

Craft & Art

15 october 2022 – 15 January 2023

Hosted by Konstfrämjandet Norrbotten for the third time, the biennial will take place throughout the region from October 15, 2022 – January 15, 2023. The artistic leaders for the 2022 biennale, Onkar Kular and Christina Zetterlund will expand its contemporary art remit to include crafts of many types, from everyday handicraft to Sami duodji and aims to sustainably represent the richness of creative activity of Norrbotten and beyond.

During the biennial there will be Exhibitions at Luleå Konsthallen, Norrbotten Museum, Galleri Syster, Pontusbadet and Havremagasinet Länskonsthall. Shaped through listening and learning with Norrbotten’s history and creativity, the exhibitions weave together local perspectives with global questions emerging from ice and its relationship to the politics of the cold, craft as a socially sustainable activity and the circular histories of resource extraction.

The biennial opens with a festival (15th-16th October) stitching a relational map of geographic connections through workshops, displays, seminars and performances across regional venues and organisations. During the opening weekend the festival will kick-off with a program of ice skating, exhibition openings, guided tours, craft and art events in Luleå, Boden & Kiruna.

Through installations and activities, invited practitioners and organisations to the biennial include Berit Kristine Andersen Guvsam, Aunesgården, Berit Berin, Liu Chuang, George Dimitri, Silje Figenschou Thoresen, Tekeste Solomon Gebremariam, Gunvor Guttorm, Karin Keisu & Josse Thuresson, Korpilombolo Kulturförening, Laila Susanna Kuhmunen, MADAM Snickeri & Restaurering, Tomas Magnusson, Olof Marsja, Elena Mazzi, Erika Nordvall Falck, Helmer Osslund, Katarina Pirak Sikku, Julia Rensberg, Johannes Samuelsson, Susan Schupli, Himali Singh Soin, Katarina Spik Skum, Søstrene Suse, Rosa Taikon, Post Workers Theatre, Georg Tiller, Mikhail Tolmachev, Rosa Tolnov Clausen, Ida Isak Westberg, Doris Wiklund and Lena Ylipää.


At Havremagasinet participates:

Liu Chuang, MADAM Carpentry & Restoration, Olof Marsja, Silje Figenschou Thoresen, Johannes Samuelsson, Himali Singh Soin, Lena Ylipää, Ida Isak Westerberg, Doris Wiklund, Post Workers Theatre, Pickled food from Norrbotten Museum’s collections, Berit Straw Museum, Julia Rensberg, Tomas Magnusson, Norrbotten’s Association Archives.

The complete activity programs for the festival and Learning Room, as well as other information, can be found on the biennial’s website.

This project is organized by Konstfrämjandet Norrbotten.

Seskarö Games, Norrbotten Association Archives. Photo: Thomas Hämén