Vidderna Ropa [Expanses, cry out] (2014)

Installation of pine in cement cube, 4 channel sound piece, wooden benches

Exhibition at Bildmuseet, part of European Capital of Culture 2014, Umeå.

"Carola Grahn's site-specific sound installation Vidderna ropa [Expanses, cry out] marks the Sami presence in the landscape. The title alludes to a conception of nature as our collective awareness, and an idea that when humans do not speak their minds in hard times, the expanses cry out their truths.

This natural environment has taken over the terrace outside of Bildmuseet. There, a dying pine is placed, and from speakers a composition of voices, a melancholy yoik, a thundering reindeer herd and the barking of dogs are heard. The visitor is invited to sit down and contemplate the place's history or their own deeply hidden memories. The sound is a 7.44 minute-long loop. Yoik by Jörgen Stenberg."
- Bildmuseet