New genre Arctic art in the city of Rovaniemi: Promotion of de-Arctification and pluralism

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Imaginaries of the Arctic cause so-called Arctification that does not resonate with experienced realities of the region as a multiethnic, multicultural and multilingual place. This chapter is based on long-term art-based action research aiming to influence contemporary art, art education, transculturalism and inclusion in the Arctic, especially in the city of Rovaniemi. The research is based on need to consider the richness and the variety of the circumpolar world and to the discussion on pluriverse, new genre public art, and new genre Arctic art. The chapter concludes that socially engaged art can promote the identification of minority cultures, encounters amongst members of different cultures and representations of multiculturalism and transculturalism in public space and visual arts. Public art as an identity symbol of locality can counteract Arctification. Arts can create an understanding of the pluriverse and promote openness to multiculturalism, as well as present the Arctic as home to a rich variety of cultures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtistic Cartography and Design Explorations Towards the Pluriverse
EditorsSatu Miettinen, Enni Mikkonen, Maria Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santos, Melanie Sarantou
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-28517-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-032-24516-4, 978-1-032-25823-2
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

SeriesRoutledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies


  • arctic
  • arts-based action research
  • Arctifcation
  • public art
  • socially engaged art
  • appropriation

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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