On March 24 at 2pm ET, join the American Scandinavian Foundation for a virtual roundtable discussion: “Capturing Sustainability in the Arctic.” The discussion will explore the rapidly changing landscape of the Arctic and will feature photographers and artists Marion Belanger, Clare Benson, Marek Ranis, and Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason. The event will take place via Zoom webinar. Register for the free event at this link.
The group of artists will discuss how issues related to sustainability and climate change in the region have been captured by creative artists. This will be an interesting, eye-opening conversation you won’t want to miss! Learn more about the panelists below.
Marion Belanger specializes in cultural landscape photos, particularly where geology and the built environment intersect. She is currently an artist in residence at the Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station in New Haven where she is making a permanent public art installation with collaborator Martha Lewis. Her work is held in numerous collections including the National Gallery for Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, and the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Clare Benson is an interdisciplinary artist and photographer whose work explores themes of family history, tradition, science, and mythology. Benson’s work has been featured in exhibitions, screenings, and publications across the U.S. and internationally. She currently serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Connecticut.
Marek Ranis is an Associate Professor of Art at the College of Art and Architecture, UNC Charlotte and a multimedia environmental artist. Through film, installation, sculpture, photography, paintings and social practice projects Ranis has been exploring a dramatically changing polar environment, climate migration and the experiences of Arctic Indigenous communities, as well as growing cultural diversity in the Northern regions. His work was recently recognized by United States State Department: his essay about his Arctic experience was included in the book publication Our Arctic Nation as a voice representing North Carolina.
Andri Snær Magnason is one of Iceland’s most celebrated writers. He has won the Icelandic Literary Prize for fiction, children’s fiction, and non-fiction. In 2010, Magnason was awarded the Kairos Prize, presented to outstanding individuals in the field of intercultural understanding. Be sure to keep an eye out for his book On Time and Water, available in the US on March 23.
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