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What is the role of art in our contemporary era marked by climate change, challenged democracies and human rights, and where millions of people are forced to become refugees? What is the role of art in the current pandemic?

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bildmuseet, we invite you to join a digital forum on our website from Friday October 29 to Sunday October 31, 2021. You will meet artists, curators, researchers, authors, musicians, playwrights and d other specially invited guests answering the question: why do we need art?

In preparing for this anniversary year, we had reason to reflect on the role of art in society. The coronavirus pandemic has also raised the question of its significance. Why do we need art when life is at stake? Has the closure of art spaces, museums, theaters, musical stages, libraries and other cultural spaces had any consequences? Do art and culture have a crucial and critical function in our society? If so, what is it?

At the Bildmuseet Anniversary Forum, we invited a number of people who we believe will bring interesting perspectives to this discussion. Some of them are artists and curators with whom we have already collaborated and who are part of the history of Bildmuseet. We have also invited other people who, based on their professional and personal experiences, we hope can help us answer this urgent question.

You will meet John akomfrah, artist and filmmaker, London; Antonia Alampi, curator, researcher, writer and artistic director of SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin; gavin ass, researcher in visual culture, performance and queer studies and professor of fine arts, Northumbria University, Newcastle; Caldeborg carpet, artist and artistic director of Konsthall Norra Kvarken, Järnäsklubb; Jumana Emil Abboud, artist, Jerusalem; Sofia Jannok, musician, Umeå; Grada Kilomba, artist, philosopher and writer, Berlin; Maria lind, curator, art critic and cultural advisor at the Swedish Embassy in Moscow; Dennis lyxzen, musician, Vännäs; Naeem Mohaiemen, artist and filmmaker, New York; Cedric Nunn, photographer and documentary maker, Mangethe; Your Olaf Nielsen, curator, writer and co-founder and former program director of Trampoline House and its exhibition space CAMP / Center for Art on Migration Politics, Copenhagen; Stina Oscarson, playwright, director and author, Stockholm; Katarina Pierre, director of Bildmuseet, Umeå; Katarina Pirak Sikku artist, Jokkmokk; Lars Strannegård, president of the Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm.

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