Norwegian-Sámi artist and architect Joar Nango presents a new body of work that responds to Vancouver’s changing urban landscape. Informed by his ongoing research into the creative DIY building techniques found in Sámi architecture, Nango’s practice highlights the role of local knowledge in creating livable communities: championing indigenous approaches to design and alternative models for social space.
Joar Nango (b. 1979, Alta, Norway) lives and works in Romssa, Norway. Inhabiting the frontier between architecture, design and art, Nango’s practice explores issues of native identity through contradictions in contemporary architecture and the built environment. In particular, he is interested in the creative simplicity and sustainable knowledge that exists within informal building environments of the north. In 2010 Nango co-founded the architectural collective FFB specializing in temporary structures and interventions in urban contexts. FFB was nominated for Norsk Form’s prize for young architects in 2012. Joar Nango has exhibited internationally, including recently as part of 43SNA, Medellin, Colombia (2013), the Norwegian Sculpture Biennale at Vigelandsmuseet, Oslo, Norway (2013), and Archizines at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, NYC, USA (2012). Recent solo exhibitions by Nango have been presented at Gallery SAW, Ottawa, Canada (2013), Knipsu, Bergen, Norway (2012), and SDG in Karasjok, Norway (2011). Currently he is artist-in-residence at the Office for Contemporary Art Norway’s residency program in Beijing, China.
Produced with the generous support of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.