ANN IREN JAMTOY, SHORTLISTED BIENNIAL’S GRANT
Ann Iren Jamtøy (1976) is passionate about art and photography, based in
Norway. She has a PhD in Political Science, and for several years she has also
educated herself in photography. She has since childhood been interested in
photography, and she uses photography as a way to explore identity, memories
and heritage. She lives with her husband and three children in the countryside
in Norway. Having a busy familylife, photography is very important to her to
explore belongingness and explore life.
Project: Never on a sunday
Never on a sunday is a project about handcraft and memory, to understand the
meaning of relations and belongingness, and to understand identity in our
To create something with youre own hands have been important for centuries.
Years ago, handcraft was part of the womans work in the home and the skilled
use of ones hands was an important part of life. This was a time when
knowledge and wisdom was laying in the hands, and you worked and
understood the world through youre hands. Today, creating something with
youre own hands, is not an essential and necessary part of life.
In this project I want to show the connection the individuals have with nature,
family and heritage, through handcraft and exploring memories.The memories
is part of the story about who we are. To memorize is something we do in the
present and almost every memory involves other persons. The memorizing act
is a way to make connections with others, we reestablish the connection to the
people we care about.
Receiving a grant will give me the possibility to complete the art project; Never
on a Sunday, and give me the possibilty to connect with international curaters
and contacts in the field of art, helping me to exhibitit my work internationally.