Welcome home - an exhibition about inclusion, diversity and the concept of home

Welcome home - we meet in the middle

Inclusion, roots and diversity

Some people change home many times. Others have the same home all their lives. Behind each person there is a story about what home is, and interesting thoughts about what makes you feel at home in a new place.

Some move because of work, love, studies, while others flee war, poverty, or human trafficking. On Åland we are enriched with many different cultures; more than 100 different nationalities and 67 different languages ​​are currently gathering on our small island world in the middle of the Baltic Sea. As many as 37 percent of all those who live on Åland were born elsewhere. (source ÅSUB.) These are impressive figures considering how small Åland is.

Behind every human being there is an exciting and interesting story.

The search for a new home looks so different from person to person, with different backgrounds and experiences. During an open call, NIPÅ searched in 2020 for people who wanted to show their own story through the artistic expression of the search for a home.

Many interesting applications where sent in and the jury chose a composition of exhibitors whose stories complement and contrast each other. The jury emphasized the stories, thoughts and creative expressions that in different ways show stories about what a home is, and what makes different people feel at home in a new place. It will be a nice exhibition that evokes many thoughts and feelings, wherer the exhibitors' different contributions will lift each other.

The selected exhibitors:

  • Alejandra Sanchez Soto
  • Anda Gulane
  • Angelo Perez
  • Giséla Linde
  • Jonna Kevin
  • Katia Fell
  • Louise Nordström
  • Sherin Mousa
  • Tindra Svartström

This will be an exhibition that embraces inclusion, roots, origins, diversity, the meaning of the concept of home, thoughts on establishing oneself in a new society, the desire to enrich a new culture with one's own background, and the need to meet in the middle. The opening of the exhibition will also be part of the dismantling of the AMIF project "A Safe Harbor", which for several years worked actively for better integration on Åland.

The jury

  • Anusha C Andersson; board member of NIPÅ and business developer at the Riksteatern in Sweden
  • Annika Hambrudd; Minister of Culture and Education
  • Nicklas Lantz, actor, director and musician who also has personal experience of establishing a new home on Åland.

Where? Exhibition at Gallery NIPÅ, Storagatan 9, Mariehamn
When? 28.1-24.2, 2021, Thursdays at 17-20, Saturdays 12-15. You can also contact NIPÅ to book a private viewing.
Opening? Digital stream 28.1 kl. 14 on nipalive.ax

Please note that the opening is digital. Nicklas Lantz talks to the artists who will tell us more about their artwork and thoughts on the concept of home. The stream will be available on nipalive.ax on the 28th of January from 14.00. After that it will be published here on nipa.ax during the whole exhibitionperiod so that you can watch it whenever you like. 

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