Center For Art And Culture in Chicoutimi, Quebec


The forest is a dominant part of Sweden just as in Canada, with large uninhabited areas of forest stretching over much of the country.

Chiqoutimi lies, like Stockholm, in the taiga boreal forest zone, which stretches along the entire northern polar circle from Japan and East Russia, across Scandinavia and Scotland to Canada’s west coast. Fir trees dominate the forest, which is relatively species-poor.

It is not hard to see that this has affected the development of both countries and the paths we have both taken during history. The industrialisation of both of our countries was reliant, for example, upon  exploitation of the forest  and the colonial oppression of indigenous peoples.

In the forest exists both the mythical and the political, the dangerous but beautiful, the ecological and the economic. Embedded in the forest is also the contrast to the city which becomes clearer, the more the gap between city and the rural widens, between what is perceived as the center and what is seen as periphery.

Even how the countries are perceived politically are, in any case, on the surface, similar. They are both seen as liberal, stable and hospitable with well-developed welfare and strong faith in equality and social justice. Beneath the surface, however, there are conflicts with indigenous peoples concerning land and historical oppression, and a long underground smouldering, but increasingly open, flaming racism.

Marjolaine Lombard

Marjolaine Lombard

Det rasar

20 oktober – 12 november

Vernissage  fredag 20 oktober 17-20

Öppet: tors-fre 12-18, lör-sön 12-16

I Marjolaine Lombards första utställning på ID:I antyds en process eller något i förändring.I flera av utställningens målningar kan man skönja en idé om rörelse, om något som flyter eller faller, materialiseras eller förflyktigas. Olika tillstånd i vardagens stabila och instabila varande. Att måla på plexiglasets fram- och baksida är en teknik som Lombard förfinat under lång tid. Med påtaglig medvetenhet hanteras underlagets materialitet och möjlighet till djupverkan, även om underlaget är plywoodskiva, som i målningen Ram.

Scen. Rot. Gift. Ram. Bubbla. Det rasar. Utställningens titlar skulle också kunna vara en kortfattad beskrivning av den konstnärliga praktiken och måleriet som val och handling.

I målningen Det rasar kan anas ett berglandskap. Kanske ett bergsmassiv som håller på att kollapsa. En bild av osäkerhet. Lombard tillåter sig att gå vilse i processen; söker och undersöker, förvissad om att vägen kommer att leda henne vidare. Lagren av beslut och den ständiga och existentiella frågan om det slutna ateljérummets villkor. Var befinner jag mig? Det rasar! Och vad händer sen? Målningarna som bilder av tillstånd och av en yttre och inre process.

Lombard närmar sig en betydligt mer abstrakt bildvärld än i många av hennes tidigare arbeten, där motiven ofta hämtats ur vardagen och ett rum; ett vardagsföremål eller en vy, men också ur arkitektur – ofta med ett fotografi som förlaga.

Det rasar och blicken rensas för att se något nytt.

Pia Kristoffersson

Marjolaine Lombard är född1976. Bor och verkar i Stockholm

Hillside Projects (Emily Mennerdahl & Jonas Böttern)

Hillside Projects (Emily Mennerdahl & Jonas Böttern)

ID:I Galleri

Looking for a Bird

5 oktober – 12 oktober 2017

Vernissage torsdag 5 oktober 18 – 21 


torsdag 5 oktober kl 17

Looking for a Bird, (2017)

Video, LED-sign, drawings on white-board film and lecture performance.

Looking for a Bird includes several works that weave in and out of the history of a disappearing blue bird. Through a re-tracing of the memories and emotions of this specific bird, the work connects concepts of migration and displacement to a larger political understanding of belonging. In the late summer of 1967, the European Roller (blåkråkan) left Sweden and has since not been seen nesting in the country. There are now several initiatives attempting to reintroduce the bird back to Sweden. Land is rearranged, sand is moved and tress are chopped down and replanted in order to create a desirable environment for the bird. In a process of mapping out and telling the story of the European Roller, events are retold and reimagined. Concepts around movement and identity are brought to surface as well as an exploration around narrative structures and mythmaking.

Who or what belongs where? Who decides who or what belongs where?

Looking for a Bird is developed, produced and performed by Hillside Projects (Emily Mennerdahl and Jonas Böttern). Hillside Projects work interdisciplinary, always trying to dismantle and re-consider events and facts. Reflecting upon ways of presenting information and the questioning of its value, research material is reconstructed and presented in a manner, where past, present, truth and fiction become blurred. Different angles arise and new meaning is created.

Who decides what is to be told? Who decides how it is to be told?

Making use of found material from public and private collections as well as closed archives, Looking for a Bird is manifested in several parts over the course of several years. It has and continues to include video, drawings, photography, text, and lecture performances. Many walks, field excursions, found maps, slides, myths, diagrams and conversations have all been considered, documented and woven together. Routes, history, events and emotions have been charted and mapped out as the European Roller leaves Sweden in 1967. Following its course of migration as the bird travels south and eastwards, Looking for a Bird sets out to question The European Rollers need for departure but even more so, the strong national desire for its return.


Mennerdahl and Böttern have collaborated as Hillside Projects since 2011 and are based in Stockholm. Böttern holds an MFA from Konstfack, Stockholm and Mennerdahl an MFA from Concordia University, Montreál. They have created site-specific installations, exhibited and taken part in residencies together at (amongst others) Galerie Dazibao, Galeri Articule, Neu Now Festival, CFF, Lunds Domkyrka, Banff Centre, AIR TCG Nordica and Lijiang Art Centre.


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