(released December 2010)

This DVD documents the project THE ROAD TO MENTAL DECOLONIZATION, which through an exhibition and a complementary seminar questioned whether colonialism in the Nordic region is over? Political and economical autonomy is not enough, it seems; also a mental decolonization is required for people to free themselves from a colonial past that seems to keep haunting them like ghosts from the grave in the present. Suffering doubly under colonial patterns of domination, indigenous women of the Nordic region are at the center of the documented artistic and oral inquiries into what effects colonialism and colonial style domination have on women and the degree to which official records of history account for them. 

By juxtaposing key works by Greenlandic-Danish artist Pia Arke (1958-2007) and Sámi artist Katarina Pirak Sikku (b. 1965), the exhibition The Drive to Remember examines whether art can bypass the dominant politics of memory and provide a space to remember, articulate, mourn, and share undigested mental trauma caused by colonial processes and dynamics. The questions of what these traumas consist of, how they operate, and in what ways they block both geopolitical and mental processes of decolonization are taken further in the seminar Healing Postcolonial Traumas of Nordic Indigenous Women – in a lecture by theorist Kobena Mercer (GH/UK), in the testimonies of artist Aslaug Juliussen (Sápmi/NO), social anthropologist Britt Kramvig (Sápmi/NO), social anthropologist Aviâja Egede Lynge (GL), and artist, author, and curator Iben Mondrup (DK/GL), and in the film Firekeepers (2007) introduced by director Rossella Ragazzi (I/NO), who has also directed this documentation DVD.

THE ROAD TO MENTAL DECOLONIZATION was curated by the independent curatorial collective Kuratorisk Aktion (DK) for The Sámi Art Festival 2008-2010 and unfolded at the Tromsø Gallery of Contemporary Art, Norway, from October 24 – November 23, 2008.
Producer: Kuratorisk Aktion (Frederikke Hansen & Tone Olaf Nielsen) 
Publisher: Kuratorisk Aktion & The Sámi Art Festival 2008-2010, 2010
Videography, direction & editing: Rossella Ragazzi
Contributors: Aslaug Juliussen, Britt Kramvig, Kuratorisk Aktion, Aviâja Egede Lynge, Kobena Mercer, Iben Mondrup, Rossella Ragazzi
Language: English and Norwegian with English subtitles
Duration: 63:45 min.
ISBN: 978-82-998333-0-3
Distribution: Kuratorisk Aktion, info@kuratorisk-aktion.org
Price: DKK 69 / € 9 / US$ 11 (ex. handling fee, packaging, and shipping)

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