The colonial history of the Nordic region is a dark chapter that seems to have slipped the memory of many of the Nordic populations. Although it continues to make itself very much felt in the region’s former colonies, this history is alarmingly absent in the collective memory of the once-colonizing Nordic countries.

This website, which has also been published on DVD, marks a first attempt at shedding light over this forgotten past and writing a comprehensive history of Nordic colonialism. It documents the rich body of aesthetic and theoretical reflections generated during the exhibition project Rethinking Nordic Colonialism: A Postcolonial Exhibition Project in Five Acts. Curated by Kuratorisk Aktion for NIFCA, Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, the project combined exhibitions with workshops, conferences, hearings, and happenings in the locations of Reykjavik (Iceland), Nuuk (Greenland), Tórshavn (The Faroe Islands), Rovaniemi (Finnish Sápmi), Copenhagen (Denmark), Helsinki (Finland), Oslo (Norway), and Stockholm (Sweden) from March 24 ­– November 25, 2006. Fifty-six internationally recognized artists, theorists, politicians, and grassroots activists from all over the world participated in the project and exchanged colonial and postcolonial experiences and strategies during its course. Together, they examined why this past has been forgotten and how it continues to reproduce itself as waves of intolerance, xenophobia, and nationalism.

In the header and footer above and below, you can access general information about the project. And in the grid to your left, you can navigate through the project’s five acts and access the following:


Copyright © 2006 The contributors, photographers, Kuratorisk Aktion, and NIFCA, Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art. All rights reserved. No part of this website/DVD may be reproduced in any form by any electronic or mechanical means without permission in writing from the contributors and the publishers.