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WE ARE OCEAN Sápmi at Hus28

Photo by ARTPORT_making waves, Sápmi, 2021.

On 1 June Artport is presenting; WE ARE OCEAN Sápmi, a side event of the Stockholm +50 conference at the KKH Royal Institute of Art.

Participate in an interesting afternoon together with students, and a fantastic group of artists, curators, scientists, and activists, who will inspire us and stimulate change.

WE ARE OCEAN Sápmi” is a project that brings together Indigenous artists and knowledge bearers from different areas of Sápmi to speak about the need of traditional knowledge in ocean protection and stimulate youth empowerment. It is part of the WE ARE OCEAN Global Program, endorsed by UNESCO as a UN Ocean Decade Project until 2030, advocating for Ocean Literacy.

KKH Royal Institute of Art will host the event at “House 28”, including an overview of the project and the overall UNESCO endorsed WE ARE OCEAN Global Program, the screening of several video extracts, talks by representatives of UNEP (UN Environment Program) from Nairobi, and an open fishbowl discussion with artists, scientists, activists, and students.

The event will focus on “Leadership Dialogue 1: Reflecting on the urgent need for actions to achieve a healthy planet and prosperity of all” by empowering young people to engage in a social-environmental project and stimulate them for action. Leadership begins with education, the leaders of tomorrow need a fertile ground for establishing a sustainable and responsible mindset.

ARTPORT_making waves offers participating students – through the UNESCO endorsed WE ARE OCEAN Global Program, a UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) project – a space where they can meet UN policymakers, indigenous leaders and representatives, artistic pioneers in the field, as well as academic leaders and activists engaged with environmental protection worldwide. 

The venue is a special place located on the island of Skeppsholmen and part of one of Europe’s most renowned art institutes, the House 28 surrounded by water, an emblematic place to bring people from different cultural, societal and generational backgrounds together. The afternoon features artistic videos, talks and an open fishbowl discussion with Anne-Marie Melster (curator), Björn Larsson (pro-rector KKH), Chilekwa Kangwa (a representative of the indigenous communities of Bembas, Bisas, Lalas and Mambwes of Northern Zambia), Siham Drissi  (UNEP Programme Management Officer), the Swedish leading artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff and young climate activists from Latin America.

The event welcomes the students from the Royal Institute of Art as well as a broader audience, including accredited delegates of Stockholm+50 to speak about environmental action from a different perspective.

More detailed program here.

WE ARE OCEAN is a project with the purpose of supporting action on behalf of the climate and our oceans using culture as a tool. Listen to Anne-Marie Melster, Co-Founder &  Executive Director of ARTPORT_making waves, as she tells us what she’s been up to during the week of Stockholm+50, and get concrete examples of how culture can play an impactful role in accelerating climate action globally.

House 28 is located at Kungl. Konsthögskolan, Royal Institute of Art, Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm