VU artist 2024

20 February 2024

VU artist 2024

Now we are approaching Vinterfestuka, which is the biggest event of the year in Narvik. This year’s Vinterfestuka lasts from 8th-17th of March. Every year Narvik Museum has an art exhibition at the museum and this year it is Åsne Kummeneje Mellem who is the VU artist!

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Artist Åsne Kummeneje Mellem

Åsne Kummeneje Mellem comes from Tromsø, but has relatives in Ofoten and Narvik. She uses and explores Käsityö – the traditional Kven craft, in her art to explore her own Kven identity and belonging.

Kummeneje Mellem is educated at the Art Academy in Tromsø, the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Oslo School of Photography, and is the first Kven artist to be purchased by Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum. She was also one of the founders of Kvääni Taiteilijat – the Kven Artists’ Association.

In his works, Kummeneje Mellem uses many different natural materials such as wool, wood, teger (birch roots), fists and stone lichen. She uses the stone barn to dye beautiful warm shades on wool textiles, as in her work I Never Learned my Mother Tongue (2021).

The art exhibition of this year’s VU artist Åsne Kummeneje Mellem opens at Narvik Museum with a vernissage for invited guests on Friday 8 March at the start of Vinterfestuka, and is possible to see at the museum until mid-May.

Do you want to know more about Åsne Kummeneje Mellem?
Click here to listen to a podcast with Åsne from KORO

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Foto: Åsne Kummeneje Mellem

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