Lofoten International Art Festival: Disappearing Acts

28 August – 27 September 2015, Jern & Bygg, Svolvær, Norway

By Oliver Basciano

Anna Ådahl, Impossible Image (still), 2015, mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist

There’s a pervasive melancholia – and an oddly welcome sense of nihilism – that runs through Disappearing Acts, curators Matt Packer and Arne Skaug Olsen’s exhibition, housed in an old hardware store, for the eighth edition of this festival. To title a show thus, especially one located in the small Norwegian town of Svolvær, on the Lofoten islands, 186km above the Arctic Circle, might suggest some ecological concern. Instead, hand-wringing is little in evidence. In its place is an acceptance…

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