Unruly Heritage’s exhibition ‘arv‘ is now open to visitors in Berlin! More information here.

Humboldt University

Unter den Linden 6

05.09.2019 – 01.10.2019


Originally shown at the Tromsø Museum, between March 22nd and October 2nd, 2018, arv is based on fieldwork finds curated by Þóra Pétursdóttir and Bjørnar Olsen. It invites visitors to rethink the definition and limits of heritage.

Indeed, cultural heritage is commonly associated with old and valued things. Yet, our surroundings are becoming more and more affected by other, more problematic legacies: archipelagos of sea-borne debris, closed-down factories, abandoned villages, nuclear waste, and environmental toxins. How do we distinguish between waste and heritage, or between natural and cultural heritage? Can we confine heritage to what we wish to preserve? In other words, can we choose to ignore the masses of troublesome things and thereby cleanse our heritage of the unsuccessful, the ugly, and unpleasant?

arv was designed by Joar Nango, in collaboration with Jonathan Igharas and Håvard Arnhoff, with sounds by Alexander Rishaug, and film by Gry Mortensen.


Photos from the Berlin exhibition opening, which took place on September 5th, 2019.

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