Pryd Miljø Plante Problem

05.10.2012 to 14.10.2012

Opening with program Friday 5 October at 20

Øistein Hanssen -music from tromsøpalme (persian hogweed)
Ron Røstad - text reading
Gunnar Graff - Tromsø Palm - the upper class' stepchild!
"Jakten på urtonen" - a film about Øistein Hanssen by Trond Brede Andersen

Open Friday - Sunday 12-17

Margrethe Pettersen, Joar Nango, Kristin Tårnes, Tanya Busse, Gunnar Graff, Øistein Hanssen, Kåre Grundvåg, Dilli Prasad Rijal, Ron Røstad, Emilija Skarnulyte, Torbjørn Alm, Bo Eide and Original Film

The Tromsøpalme (persian hogweed) is a loved and hated plant in Tromsø. Some want to have it extinct because it spreads and is a threat to other species, while others wants to keep it because of its history and importance as a symbol. Even if we are quite sure of where it originally comes from and how it got here, there are still many different views on this. The local history of the plant is also closely linked to class history because it was introduced to the city by the upper class as an ornamental plant, then used as a garden plant by the middle class and working class, while today most people consider it as a weed.

The exhibition presents an ongoing investigation, where the meeting between various disciplines provide different perspectives with the Tromsøpalme as a starting point. Both artists, musicians, writers, botanists and enthusiasts are invited to contribute to look upon the tromsøpalme from both a scientific and artistic view.

The exhibition is created in collaboration by the local artists Margrethe Pettersen, Joar Nango and Kristin Tårnes. Kristin Tårnes (who also takes part in running Kurant), initiated this project as part of an aim to exhibit more local artists, and work more actively as initiators for various initiatives.

The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council, Tromsø Municipality and Dáiddafoanda and is exhibited in collaboration with Ordkalotten - Tromsø International Literature