Røst AiR is a non-profit, multi- disciplinary, artist-in-residence and artist- run association. We are based on Røst and during the summer season we also move out to Skomvær Lighthouse on Skomvær island in the Røst archipelago, Northern Norway/Sápmi, (67°North), a stones throw from Nykan nature reserve, home to one of Northern Europe’s largest pelagic seabird colonies.
Our focus and interests include but are not limited to : The ecological transition, geo-politics, diversity, self-sufficiency, race, gender and intersections between ecology, de-colonial thought and action, post- colonial feminism and queer theory. Site-specific projects, process- work and interdisciplinary meetings are encouraged. Having said this we would like to underline that we are open to an infinite number of singular or communal expressions of artistic practices.
Røst AiR is working on alternative ways of navigating, creating and being in this world, exploring for instance the post- fossil fuel potential. We are inspired by the coastal Sámi and Northern Norwegian fisherman- farmer tradition and are slowly restoring the old lighthouse vegetable and herb gardens.
Røst AiR still exist thanks to a collective volunteer effort of all the working group members and interns who have contributed since our beginning in 2013. Visiting artists have also contributed greatly to Røst AiRs development; with care, ideas and labour.
2012-2013: Elin Már Øyen Vister with summer help from Ragnhild Nelvik Bruseth, Margrethe Pettersen, Marie Kaada Hovden and more.
2013-2014: Røst AiR working group: Elin Már Øyen Vister, Marie Kaada Hovden, Margrethe Pettersen and interns.
2014-2015: Røst AiR working group: Elin Már Øyen Vister, Jason Rosenberg, Marie Kaada Hovden, Margrethe Pettersen, Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn and interns.
2015-2018: Røst AiR working group: Elin Már Øyen Vister, Jason Rosenberg, Marie Kaada Hovden and interns.
2019-2020: Elin Már Øyen Vister and summer -intern/artist Kaisa Lempinen (FI)
Images from Røst AiR season # 5 2017
Images from Røst AiR season # 6
Girls Like Us Issue 10 2017 – Island Life, a diary by Queer Ecologies Network
SeKunstMagasin 04-2016 Drømmen Om Øylivet
Grønn Livslyst i Nordland- 2016- Kunstnerkollektivet Klassekampen – 17.6.2016- Stemmen fra Havgapet
Klassekampen – 17.6.2016 – Stemmen fra Havgapet
The journey to Skomvær Lighthouse
Bringing plants to the island for the garden
Unloading the boat with Finn Olav Olsen
Collecting items washed up on the island
Sam Douglas working in the lighthouse tower
Røst AiR is a registered Norwegian non-profit organization Org number : 913 708938
Røst AiR is supported by: