Nordic co-operation is putting art and culture on its programme at the UN climate summit, COP28, which starts in Dubai on Thursday.
“We’re delighted that Jessie Kleemann will be showing her work and sharing her experiences on why art plays a pivotal role in the green transition in the Nordic programme during the climate summit. It’s high time that we gave space to artists whos work, in different ways, can help to create understanding and raise awareness around the mammoth changes we’re facing, both in the Nordic Region and beyond,” says Karen Ellemann, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The ice is melting – ‘Arkhticós Dolorôs’ (Artic Pain)
The artist and poet Jessie Kleemann is a significant figure on the contemporary art scene in the Nordics, and internationally. She works with video, performance art, and experimental theatre, as well as writes books and produces installations. In the Nordic pavilion, Kleemann’s video work ‘Arkhticós Dolorôs’ (Artic Pain) will be shown each day during the first week of the summit. The video performance was recorded close to Ilulissat in Greenland.
“Arkhticós Dolorôs means that we’re all in it, it is my pain, it is the Arctic in pain, we are the pain, the great polar bear is in pain right now,” says Kleemann about the work.
Jessie, who’s from Upernavik in Greenland, lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her critically acclaimed solo exhibition, Running Time at the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen, has just come to an end. Alongside this, Kunsthal Rønnebæksholm is showing an exhibition focusing on her poetry and paintings.
Panel discussion: No transformation without imagination
Jessie Kleemann will also be taking part in a panel discussion on the role of art and culture in the green transition, which is being held in the Nordic pavilion on 6 December. The starting point of the discussion is the power of art to create awareness and understanding around new ways of living, acting, and including.
Other members of the panel include: Solveig Korum, Arts and Culture Norway, Louise Lindén, LiveGreen; Gunn-Britt Retter, Saami Council; Rodion Sulyandziga, IWGIA.
The event will be streamed live online so that people can take part in the event, even if they’re not in Dubai themselves.
Event: No transformation without imagination
The power of art and culture for the green transition
6 December, 18.15 to 19.00 (UTC+4)
We’re delighted that Jessie Kleemann will be showing her work and sharing her experiences on why art plays a pivotal role in the green transition in the Nordic programme during the climate summit