Our 2017 workshop, Rural Resistance, attempts to think the relationship between these two terms. As the call to resistance sounds in response to authoritarian, nationalist movements around the world, we turn our attention to studying and developing strategies of resistance inherent in our artistic practices. Simultaneously, we are considering what strategies of resistance exist within the rural context, and the drive towards a rural existence.
This post-MFA workshop was open to practitioners from both visual art and craft educations from a select group of Nordic and Baltic art schools. Activities of our post-MFA workshops include a combination of individual and collaborative exercises, work presentations, peer critique and living together in community.
Participants had recently completed their MFA degree at The Royal Institute of Art, Sweden, Konstfack, Sweden, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark, Bergen Academy of the Arts, Norway, the Icelandic Academy of the Arts, Iceland, the Academy of Fine Arts [KUVA], Finland, Vilnius Academy of the Arts, Lithuania, the Art Academy of Latvia and the Estonian Academy of the Arts. Participants were selected by nomination from our network of professorial colleagues and through an open call.