Sustainability involves practicing a novel understanding of the human place in the world. An understanding rooted in the what we have inherited from the past, our heritage and ways of doing embedded in the present context.
Traditional modes of production and cultural heritage are not expressions fixated in an image of the past. On the contrary, they are ingrained in a dynamic oscillation between continuity and change, constantly re-interpreted and recreated in the present by local actors and practices.
The global economic and environmental crises, entwined with social inequalities and challenges, forces us to embark on a process of change emerging from the creative re-combination of existing resources and practices. A multidisciplinary approach is key in this important journey. Culture has an inherent capacity to translate this process into a common language, interweaving the ecological, the social and the economic within a sustainable framework of development.
At NSF we incite to look and reframe the way we operate and correlate with where we are, triggering collaborative interventions situated in the local and global context through a diversity of practices and disciplines that can open meaningful connections and routes to make sense for sustainable futures
Hanna Laura Kaljo (b.1989 in Tallinn, Estonia) is a curator based in London. Between 2014-18, she was Co-Director at the curatorial studio Jupiter Woods, where she produced numerous exhibitions, discursive events, residencies and off-site projects. She holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College and her research interest has been the role of curating in navigating the challenges posed by the ecological crisis.
Drawing from psychoanalytic theory, creative therapy and sustainability studies, she works closely with artistic practitioners towards projects that point to the reciprocity between the psychological and the environmental as ultimately sustaining our healthful, earthly dwelling.
Her visit to Northern Sustainable Futures has been an occasion to get acquainted with Moskosel as well as the wider Norrbottens region, and begin to engage with the question of how one can work in response to and from within this place of nature, while focusing on one's sensorial experience.
She will work towards a long-term research project and programme of events involving local participants, international creative practitioners and partnerships with other Nordic and Arctic organisations to explore the psychological and somatic challenges of being situated in this particular locality and how identity is informed and shaped by the sites where we live and work.