Earth, Wind, Fire, Water

NNCA partnered with Galleri F 15 on the 44th Tendenser at Galleri F 15 (16 June - 5 October 2020) and Gustavsbergs Konsthall (6 February - 9 May 2021)

Hildur Bjarnadóttir (IS)  ∣  Ebba Bohlin (SE)  ∣  Fellesskapsprosjektet å Fortette Byen (Sápmi/NO) ∣  Alma Heikkilä (FI)  ∣  Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen (NO/FI)  ∣  Guðjón Ketilsson (IS)  ∣  Kasper Kjeldgaard (DK) ∣  Stian Korntved Ruud (NO)  ∣  Ivana Králíková (CZ/SE)  ∣  Valentin Manz (DE/NO)  ∣  Britta Marakatt-Labba (Sápmi/SE)  ∣  Pekka Paikkari (FI)  ∣  Louise Sidelmann (DK)  ∣  Brynjar Sigurðarson & Veronika Sedlmair (IS/DE)  ∣  Ida Wieth (DK)  ∣  Hedvig Winge (NO)   ∣  Charlotta Östlund (SE/FI)

Curator: Randi Grov Berger (NO).

Pekka Paikkari, Curiosity Bottles (2020) and Paradise I
Hedvig Winge, Porcelain Piece (2020)

Earth, Wind, Fire, Water - Nordic Contemporary Crafts was the 44th edition of the exhibition series Tendenser at Galleri F 15 in Moss, Norway. The exhibition was curated by Randi Grov Berger and brought together seventeen artists and artist groups from the Nordic countries who uses their craft, their tools and their deep material knowledge to address environmental issues. These practices explore the potential of materials and the elements to co-author artistic works; to participate in and at times control the process and outcome. Through their work, which encompasses biology, geology, and cosmology, the artists confront a longing for a deeper connection to the earth. They challenge our perception of materials, of the so-called natural world, and of ourselves. The exhibition was shown at Galleri F 15 16 June - 5 October 2020, before moving to its next location at Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Sweden 6 February - 9 May 2021.

The exhibition was a collaboration between Galleri F 15 and the Nordic Network of Crafts Associations (NNCA). The exhibition, theory programme and publication was supported by Nordic Culture Fund and Nordic Culture Point.

Collaboration with Gustavsbergs Konsthall

Earth, Wind, Fire, Water - Nordic Contemporary Crafts was shown at Gustavsbergs Konsthall 6 February – 9 May 2021. Gustavsbergs is Sweden's only gallery focusing on contemporary craft, and is located on the outskirts of Stockholm. The NNCA and Galleri F 15 were happy to collaborate with Gustavsbergs and proud to present the second showing of the exhibition. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the gallery was closed for the public on the opening date, but the opening was digitally broadcasted through a livestream on Gustavsbergs Konsthall's Instagram account.

Installation view, Stian Korntved Ruud Clock #3
Detail, Kasper Kjeldgaard, Casts of Time - Lost in Translations
Detail, Ivana Králiková, Battery Jeløy (2020)

Digital tours

Experience the exhibition Earth, Wind, Fire, Water – Nordic Contemporary Crafts through digital guided tours. In the videos curator Randi Grov Berger introduces the exhibition and the artists involved. The tour is divided into four parts.

In the first part the exhibitions title and theme is presented.

In the second part curator Randi Grov Berger introduces artwork by Fellesskapsprosjektet å Fortette Byen, Hildur Bjarnadóttir, Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen, Hedvig Winge, Pekka Paikkari and Louise Sidelmann.

In the third part curator Randi Grov Berger introduces artwork by Britta Marakatt-Labba, Guðjón Ketilsson, Kasper Kjeldgaard and Stian Korntved Ruud.

In the fourth part curator Randi Grov Berger introduces artwork by Valentin Manz, Ivana Králíková, Alma Heikkilä, Ebba Bohlin, Charlotta Östlund and Ida Wieth.

About NNCA 

The Nordic Network of Crafts Associations (NNCA) was founded in 2010. The network fosters collaboration and dialogue between its members, strengthening the field of contemporary crafts across the Nordic region and beyond.  

The NNCA consists of:  Danske Kunsthåndværkere og Designere (Denmark); HANDVERK og HÔNNUN (Iceland); Konsthantverkscentrum (Sweden); Konstnärernas Riksorganisation (Sweden); Norske Kunsthåndverkere (Norway); Norwegian Crafts (Norway) and ORNAMO (Finland).