EXERCISES IN NORWEGIAN
Migration to Norway is on the cusp of change. On this occasion the discussion is not about refugees, but a migrating highly qualified labor force that is making its presence felt in occupations where language requirements and expertise are key factors. Until recently, Norway was considered a career backwater. However, the difference seen in wages and unemployment has changed this. Earlier migrants challenged the workplace of the typical labourer. This new migration of workers is challenging the elites.
Hilde Honerud and sociologist Jon Hovland have visited several Norwegian language schools in Europe. They have followed the students, recording their preparation, hopes and dreams, expectations, and the meaning of their migration, as they prepare for their departure.
Exercises in Norwegian attempts to allow individual objects and portraits to express an interpreted experience of places and meetings with the individual participants.
Exercises in Norwegian is supported by the Visual Artists Remunimeration Project Award Fund, NoFoFo, Arts Council Norway, and Buskerud County.
Installation view, Tenthaus Oslo, 2016
The publication, Exercises in Norwegian, in norwegian, with english translation