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The research project »The Art of Nordic Colonialism: Writing Transcultural Art Histories«, funded by the Danish Carlsberg Foundation, 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. Together with the Department of Cultural and Social History at the University of Greenland and Nuuk Art Museum, the research group will hold a public one-day conference at the University of Greenland during “Nuuk Nordisk Kulturfestival” 2019.

Artists took actively part in imperialist projects from the 17th century and onwards, either as participants in colonial expeditions, as »tourists« and travelers, or as onlookers from home. At the same time, colonized subjects used aesthetic practices in their resistance to colonial rule. The conference 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.

The conference will be held in English. Attendance is free and everyone is welcome!

However, since space is limited, please register by writing an email with your name and, if applicable, position, organization and country to before 1 October 2019.

The conference program will be published in September.

Read more about »The Art of Nordic Colonialism« on the project’s website:


The Art of Nordic Colonialism
Writing Transcultural Art Histories

Conference at Ilisimatusarfik – University of Greenland, October 7, 2019

Monday October 7: Ilisimatusarfik  – University of Greenland

08:30 – 09.00: Registration and coffee

09:00 – 09:30: Introduction by Mathias Danbolt (University of Copenhagen): ”The Art of Nordic Colonialism: Writing Transcultural Art Histories”

09:30 – 10:00: Lecture by Ebbe Volquardsen (Ilisimatusarfik – University of Greenland), ”Greenlandic Art and the Pitfalls of Cultural History”

10:00 – 10:15: Break

10:15 – 11:00: Lecture by Temi Odumosu (Malmö University), “What Lies Unspoken: Sounding the Danish Colonial Archive”

11:00 – 12:00 Panel: Museum Matters: How to work with colonial histories in art museums?

Nivi Christensen (Nuuk Art Museum)
Randi Godø (National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design, Norway)
Dorthe Aagesen (SMK: National Gallery of Denmark).
Kirstine Eiby Møller (National Museum of Greenland)

Moderator: Anna Vestergaard Jørgensen (SMK: National Gallery of Denmark/University of Copenhagen).
12:00-12:15: Break

12:15-12.45: Intervention: Think Pieces on Art and Colonialism from Students at Ilisimatusarfik – University of Greenland.
Moderated by Silke Reeploeg (Ilisimatusarfik – University of Greenland).
12.45–13:30 Lunch

13:30–14:15 Lecture by David Winfield Norman, (University of Copenhagen): ”The Electric Wind: Greenlandic Video Art’s Spatial Memory”

14:15–15:15 Panel: Art Matters: How to engage colonial histories and coloniality through art?

Jessie Kleemann (Artist, Greenland/Denmark)
Jeannette Ehlers (Artist, Denmark/Trinidad)
Elina Waage Mikaelsen (Artist, Sápmi/Norway)
Moderated Lill-Ann Körber (Aarhus University, Denmark)

15:15 – 15:30: Break

15:30 – 16:30 Panel: Research Matters: How to study colonial histories in art and visual culture?

Åsa Bharathi Larsson (Södertörn University Stockholm)
Nina Cramer (University of Copenhagen)
Monica Grini (University of Tromsø, Norway/Sápmi)
Silke Reeploeg (Ilisimatusarfik – University of Greenland)
Moderated by Mathias Danbolt (University of Copenhagen)