The exhibition Little Norway 8 September–16 October, Gallery ROM
The exhibition Little Norway - REPAIR: Belonging will focus on the Norwegian contribution to the World Exhibition in Chicago in 1893 The Norwegian Pavillion. This is a modular replica of a traditional wooden stave church built in Orkdal in Trøndelag. The pavilion is one of few remaining works from the prestigious exhibition that ended up in a museum park as a popular attraction for Norwegian Americans in search of their roots. The pavilion is back in focus after a group of pensioners in Orkdal decided to bring it back to Orkanger.
Repair requires belonging. It needs participation and a sense that both the existing and the future state is relevant. This applies to both cultural heritage and the physical world around us. There is something captivating with belonging. Modernization of society has in many ways been a struggle to detach ourselves from our belonging of the past. We have seen how belonging has been used to restrict and suppress. Major upheavals have also forced many away from place and traditions. Nevertheless, people are seeking belonging. They connect to people, places and objects.
The exhibition is open for the public 8 September, 18:00, at Gallery ROM.
ROMs contribution to Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 will explore the contexts of repair and belonging through this exhibition, a guided tour, a workshop, a lecture, a conversation and a film program
REPAIR is a yearlong project at Gallery ROM exploring how personal commitment and architectural & artistic practices can influence the shaping of society and the physical world. Several exhibitions, workshops, debates, lectures and events are planned for the “Repair” year. Overarching issues are consumption patterns, alienation, sustainability, ecology, durability, tradition, social practices and ethics in contemporary society. Some of the underlying questions we want to explore are related to how we can nurture what we have and simultaneously foster and transform, while researching the relationship between aesthetics and ethics. Our goal is to promote a counter-culture to the dominating consumer culture and tabula rasa-thinking.
Eva Bakkeslett, Curator, artist, filmmaker & activist
Ola Sendstad, Curator, architect, editor of Flettverk Magazine
Producer: Henrik der Minassian, Director ROM