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New Directions – Decolonising the Museum and Public Art

Public Art Agency Sweden and Nordiska museet welcomes you to a conversation on decolonising the museum and public art. This is the first part of a total of four about public art and decolonization.

This year sees the inauguration of artist Outi Pieski’s public artwork Two Directions/Guektien bïegkese/Guovtte biggii for the new entrance to Nordiska museet. The artwork connects materials of contemporary art and cultural memory to urgent matters of Swedish colonialism and Saami repatriation.
In this web broadcasted conversation we want to follow the lead of Saami voices. How can public art, public institutions, and the museum take active roles in the process of dismantling coloniality and work toward becoming sites of material change?

This web programme is produced by Public Art Agency Sweden in collaboration with Nordiska museet. This is the first part of a four-part programme series on Decoloniality and Public Art, produced by Public Art Agency Sweden. More information about the upcoming parts of the series will be updated continuously here in our calendar.

This event was filmed and the film will be published here shortly.


Outi Pieski, artist
Gunvor Guttorm, Professor in duodji at the Sami University College, Norway
Elin Kristine Haugdal, Professor in art history at The Arctic University of Norway
Sanne Houby-Nielsen, director of Nordiska museet
Peter Hagdahl, curator at Public Art Agency Sweden
Vanessa Gandy, head of experience, Nordiska museet
Moderator: Andria Nyberg Forshage, Public Art Agency Sweden

Upcoming dates in the series Decoloniality and Public Art

October 7: New Directions – Decolonising the museum and public art, Nordiska museet
November 21: Programme in connection with Luleå Biennial
November 26: Possible Monuments? The role of art in making Swedish colonial history publicly visible, Art programme and conference with GIBCA
December: Programme at Public Art Agency Sweden – more to be announced