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The Free Sea

Trauma is when your home ceases to exist. Using a collage of documentary and artistic intervention, these four artists and scholars confront the catastrophe of global warming as the rising sea literally dissolves the Maldives and, subsequently, those lives that are lived upon them.

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Hanna Husberg


Hanna Husberg is a Stockholm-based artist. She graduated from ENSB-A in Paris in 2007 and is currently a PhD in Practice candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. Through a focus on the troubled atmosphere, her practice investigates how we perceive and relate to anthropogenic climate change. Recent projects include The Free Sea (HIAP, Helsinki), and the curatorial project Contingent Movements Archive and Symposium, conceived together with Laura McLean for the inaugural Maldives Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, and further developed for the UNESCO-COAL exhibition Adapting in the Anthropocene at UNESCO, Paris. Hanna is also a participant in “Frontiers in Retreat,” a research platform in multidisciplinary approaches to ecology in contemporary art coordinated by HIAP, Helsinki, and the art&science network program “Hybrid Matters.”