ARV. Exhibition at Tromsø Museum. Illustration: Bjørn Hatteng/Þóra Pétursdóttir, UiT.

ARV Exhibition opening in Tromsø on March 22

The work of archaeologists Bjørnar Olsen og Þóra Pétursdóttir at the Arctic University of Norway  has resulted in an exhibition called ARV at Tromsø Museum which opens at 6pm on March 22. The exhibition is based on the ongoing research project Unruly Heritage at UiT and invites us to rethink our notion of heritage: “Cultural heritage is associated with old and venerable objects like church ruins, burial mounds and viking ships. Our material environment is at the same time distinguished by more troubling remains of marine debris, abandonded herring oil factories, ghost towns, industrial wastelands, greenhouse gases and acid rain. Where do we draw the line between waste and heritage, or between natural or cultural heritage? Does heritage only encompass what we want to preserve? In other words; can we simply disregard the swarm of unruly things and purge heritage of the failed, the ugly and the unplesant?”

The exhibition is a collaboration between Centre for Advanced Study and UiT – The Arctic University of Norway on the occasion of the 50 years anniversary of the university.

The exhibition ARV will run until October 2, 2018.

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