Seattle – Nordic Museum

In Ballard, one of the northern suburbs of Seattle, exists the only museum in the United States dedicated to the Scandinavian cultural, artistic and spiritual heritage of its citizens, who came from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Denmark.

For the next 2 days, the Nordic Heritage Museum is presenting the first solo exhibition in the northwestern United States of celebrated Swedish photographer and video artist Maria Friberg.

Opening in September, the exhibition will run through November 15, 2009.

Friberg’s large-scale photographs and video works are visually arresting and they chronicle contemporary themes. Friberg examines: human relations, social conventions, masculinity, power, and vulnerability.

She draws inspiration from Art’s history as well as from contemporary culture. Friberg creates work that addresses the present as well as the future.

Friberg’s latest photography series, “way ahead”, is exhibited in tandem with her series “alongside us”.

These series challenge the historic associations which place women with nature and only men with the intellectual world of culture and ideas.

Instead, Friberg, by her creative acts, disproves any merit in the archaic female’s lack of access to the higher-thinking creative role.

And, in her artwork, she places men in the midst of nature, gently uprooting equally inaccurate traditional notions.

For both groups, she is presenting a possible path toward the future.

Since 1980, the permanent collection of this Seattle museum takes the visitor on the immigrant’s trip to America, through the cross-country immigration and explanation of their life in the Pacific Northwest. Each Nordic culture also has their own display room in the collection.

The museum is handicap accessible and is closed Mondays and some holidays.

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