The buildings at Perspektivet Folkeparken were once moved to the area to tell us something about northern Norwegian coastal history. The large, white farmhouse from 1826 is called Kvitnesgården. The building has many layers of history as both a trading post, housing for refugees and museum. We as museum custodians were curious to find out what children thought about the place. Can it tell us something about current times? What happens when today’s stories meet what once were?
Camera as tool
We worked with a school class from Stakkevollan School for four days. The pupils brought personal objects to interact with the house, explored and reflected upon its many stories. They used their camera as their tool of expression and learned about photography and composition. We started with no knowledge and gradually got to know the house and uncover centuries of stories.
During the week the pupils gained a lot of impressions. These impressions have resulted in photographs and thoughts that bring new perspectives. At the same time the pupils also made impressions on us. We’ve gotten to know the place from their perspectives, but we’ve also gotten to know them. In the exhibition, the many stories of the place are woven together with the pupils’ personal stories and observations. Perhaps this can create new impressions?
Producers: Camilla Erenius, Perspektivet Museum og Pål H. Ekern, Preus museum
Impressions is part of the diversity project ‘Perspectives in the Open Air’ and was created in collaboration with Preus museum. The project is supported by the Directorate of Culture.