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CROSSROADS SAKSALANHARJU

see the slideshare presentation at the bottom of this page
the project is published on the website of Saksala ArtRadius

MAIN OBJECTIVES CROSSROADS SAKSALANHARJU PROJECT

In cooperation with art centre Saksala ArtRadius in Finland, the AllaprimA Foundation supports the NORDIC collaboration project named ‘CROSSROADS SAKSALANHARJU’.

The main purpose of the collaboration project CROSSROADS SAKSALANHARJU is to create a platform to investigate and exchange, collaborate and produce international multidisciplinary dialogue. This dialogue will be realized with migrant artists living in NORDIC countries and artists from the Netherlands with an high interest in the Nordic culture.

The leading participants of the collaboration and workshops will exchange and collaborate with native artists and others and possibly interact with cultural workers, teachers, craftsmen, policymakers and youth of the multicultural community of Haukivuori (who are another target group of this project). As a part of the project the artists intend to cooperate and produce together with local craftsmen and people in the educative field whom they deem valuable for the artistic exchange. Through this, also local youth can develop their artistic skills and increase consciousness about their specific roots and relationship with northern Europe.

The physical place Saksalanharju will be viewed through the eyes of professional observers with the specific goal of shaping a concrete impression. By borrowing the eyes of an outsider, members of the community in Haukivuori can see their history, culture and landscape in a new light and from a different angle.

Through intense dialogue the arts professionals will communicate verbally and visually. The dialogue will take place in different sessions from 4 to 6 weeks creating one or more art works, (this can include drawings, paintings, installations, site specific art, sculptures, video and/ or mixed media). The finished result should be art work created by a minimum two artists. The selected artists will have to collaborate with each other aimed at challenging them to cross the boundaries of their own work and attain new influences.

In order to get acquainted and involved with the location, the artists will need to explore the environment, the nature and the Finnish rural culture of the area (forestry and agriculture). The impact of place is different for every artist. With the different backgrounds and all the different influences of this specific place, the outcome of the project will show the uniqueness of the location in which it was created. The project will contribute to cultural exchange and increase awareness of historical and cultural knowledge, as well as the emergence of new traditions and contemporary cultural heritage.

NORDIC DIMENSION

In the pilot-project CROSSROADS SAKSALANHARJU, migrant and native artists from Nordic countries and Europe will exchange and collaborate with each other. This will challenge them to cross the familiar boundaries in their work and experience new influences. It is this crossing that identifies the impact of place in an artist’s practice. New forms of expression and communication are anticipated to produce intense dialogue that the professional artists will communicate verbally and visually. The atmosphere in landscape and climate, and the mood and attitude of the people living more or less isolated in the country side in the Nordic countries will offer the specific impressions to the artists.

In this project, it is interesting that the physical place of SAKSALANHARJU, a national heritage, will be viewed through the eyes of professional observers of different origin with the specific goal of shaping a concrete impression. By borrowing the eyes of an outsider, members of the community in the small village of Haukivuori can see their culture and landscape in a new light and from a different angle. It is especially interesting that Finnish artists living abroad in Nordic countries will contribute having cultural experiences both inside and outside of Finland.

The location of this pilot-project is the national heritage SAKSALANHARJU-KIRKONKYLÄ. The large monolith was already for hundreds of years a significant mark in the landscape where travelers crossed from different directions. The project initiates through art production of collaborating migrant and native artists the attention to the unique exploring of the NORDIC region.

This project will stimulate Nordic cultural exchange and increase awareness of historical and cultural knowledge in a Nordic context. It will develop democratic access to cultural participation, also for rural areas. With the contribution from Nordic Culture Fund, Nordic Culture Point, Arts Council Finland, Etelä-Savon Maakuntaliitto, and other funding the exchange and collaboration of migrant Nordic artists will create new forms of expression and communication. It is this migration what is important to develop the specific historic and culture value of the Nordic rural areas.

The AllaprimA Foundation - the Netherlands is one of the supporting organizations.
Other organizations are:
NORDIC CULTURE FUND
NORDIC CULTURE POINT
Etelä-Savon Maakuntaliitto
Arts Council Finland
AREFS taide ja kulttuuri ry

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