Lofoten International Art Festival has a history dating back to 1991. Beginning as festival with a regional and national scope, LIAF has evolved into an international biennale of contemporary art.
LIAF presents works by international artists in a local and site-specific context and seeks to be an open, experimental and inclusive meeting place for artists, audience and locals. LIAF acknowledges the complexity of place and seeks to be a discursive, engaged and social platform for different positions creating dialogue between the local and global
The festival has no set venue in Lofoten, but is re-created every time by exploring and integrating its surroundings in Lofoten. Exhibitions and art works has been displayed in places such as a mountain top, a park, a garage, a library, a fish rack and a private home. Expanding, exploring and gaining new insight through art is the festivals motive force.
Each festival features a new curator or team of curators, bringing fresh ideas and ambitions to the project.
Former contributing artists include Gillian Wearing, Lawrence Weiner, AK Dolven, Inghild Karlsen, Ken Lum, Olafur Eliasson, Mari Slaattelid, Elmgren & Dragseth, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Pipilotti Rist, Geir Tore Holm, Eija-Liisa Athila, Jesper Just, Amar Kanwar, Tori Wrånes, Michel Auder, Kjersti Andvig, John Giorno, Lene Berg, Lindsay Seers, David Horvitz, Mahmoud Khaled, HC Gilje, Karl Larsson, Shilpa Gupta, István Csácány and Lisa Tan.
Former curators include Tor Inge Kveum, Per Gunnar Tverbakk, Vibeke Sjøvoll, Gry Ulrichsen, Göran Christenson, Maaretta Jaukkuri, Taru Elfving, Richard Borgström, Helga-Marie Nordby, Thora Dolven Balke, Linn Pedersen, Anne Szefer Karlsen, Bassam El Baroni, Eva González-Sancho, Matt Packer and Arne Skaug Olsen.
See LIAF’s webpage for further information.