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BOOK & HEDÉN - NIKOLAI'S NIGHT

THURSDAY THE 2ND OF MARCH AT 6 PM: Opening of the exhibition by Tone Hansen, leader of The Norwegian Arts Council and director at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter.

Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum has, with generous support from Sparebankstiftelsen DNB and good help from the Henie Onstad Art Centre, bought the artist duo Ingrid Book & Carina Hedén's magnificent video installation "Nikolais Night" from 2016. The work was commissioned to Henie Onstad Art Centre and was shown simultaneously, and in dialogue with, their exhibition "Nikolai Astrup - Norwegian landscape", that was part of the great Astrup tour last year. SFKM will this spring show the newly purchased work in Høgsalen at the museum in Førde.

On the occasion of the exhibition at Henie Onstad Art Centre, artist and critic Ingvill Henmo wrote (Kunstkritikk.no, 06/28/2016):

"Nikolai's Night", a video installation consisting of seven projections that show the natural and cultural landscapes in the Jølster municipality along with quotes from Astrup's letters and diaries.

Book & Hedén previous work has been dedicated to biodiversity and urban agriculture. This time documenting the activities of people in Jølster today, and that also Astrup was concerned with: crafting rhubarbwine, construction of log houses, cultivation of vegetable garden and searching for angelica - a plant used as flavoring in liquor. They also unravel local stories about Astrup.

The quotes from Astrup's texts that accompany the lingering videopictures, tells the story of an artist existence with cash shortages and disease. Book & Hedén succeeded in creating a bridge between Astrup and our time, perhaps because they, like the Astrup, are keen to observe their surroundings, while these intimate studies are visually articulated in a way that extends beyond mere registration - in the same way as with Astrup. There arises a dialogue that cuts across media and historical periods, but where the two expressions still have clear affinities to another."

Photograph: Still from Ingrid Book & Carina Hedén: Nikolai's Night, The Rectory, 67 min.