Nordic Collaborations Exhibition: Kjøt (Meat)

November 25, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Harbourfront Centre, 245 at 245 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto

Heiðrik á Heygum. Part of Kjøt (Meat).
Watercolour and gouache on paper, 2022.
Image courtesy of the artist.

Kjøt (Meat)

November 25 – January 8

Heiðrik á Heygum presents a series of new paintings, Kjøt (Meat), alongside his video installation MÓÐIR (MOTHER) – a dream journey into a Faroese soundscape representing the female energy of the motherland through air, earth and water sung by Faroese female vocal quintet KATA. The paintings and video installation offer a stark juxtaposition with surprising visceral imagery.

á Heygum addresses beliefs and practises surrounding meat as a food resource that are centuries old, and still exist today in the Faroe Islands. The subjects seem far removed from the land and sea from which they were harvested, but the connection between heritage and nature remains.

“Most animals are killed and butchered behind closed doors. We rip off their skin and replace it with shiny plastic and clean it to ensure that it is blood free so that it looks nice and tidy. Most urbanites will probably never see the live animal and connect it to their favourite meat in the freezer, now only identified by a name tag.

Is it a sheep, ape or even human? What’s the difference? It’s all meat.

These paintings are depictions from photos of different meat and fish Faroese farmers, raise or harvest, preserve and package then sell online.”
– Heiðrik á Heygum

Heiðrik á Heygum graduated from the Danish independent film school Super16 in 2014 and the Academy of Art of Iceland in 2017. He is based between the Faroe Islands and Denmark. As one of the leading artists from the Faroe Islands he produces visual art, music and award-winning films and music videos for acclaimed Nordic singers and productions.

Nordic Talks Event and Opening Reception
Friday, November 25 | 6:30–10pm
Harbourfront Centre | 245
245 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Nordic Talks: The Future of Activism in the Arts
6:30pm | Register for the free event here.

Can we increase the potential of art to be a catalyst for changing human behaviour? How can artists play a larger role in inspiring action for social and environmental justice? Join Canadian and Nordic thought leaders for a panel discussion on the future of art activism. Featuring Faroese artist Heiðrik á Heygum in conversation with the founder of 1S1 Theatre Dawn Jani Birley, Franco-Ontarian sound and media artist Claude Schryer and the founder of celebrated Kaha:wi Dance Theatre Santee Smith.

ASL interpretation provided.

Kjøt (Meat): Opening Reception

Please join us to celebrate Heiðrik á Heygum’s Kjøt (Meat) with Toronto-based DJ Emily SBUX spinning deep house music as requested by the artist.

Harbourfront Centre is a leading international centre for contemporary arts, culture and ideas, and a registered, charitable not-for-profit cultural organization operating a 10-acre campus on Toronto’s central waterfront. Harbourfront Centre provides year-round programming 52 weeks a year, seven days a week, supporting a wide range of artists and communities. We inspire audiences and visitors with a breadth of bold, ambitious and engaging experiences, and champion contemporary Canadian artists throughout their careers, presenting them alongside international artists, and fostering national and international artistic exchange between disciplines and cultures.
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Nordic Bridges is a year-long initiative led by Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre fostering cultural exchange between the Nordic Region and Canada. Working with partners across Canada, Nordic Bridges will present multidisciplinary contemporary art, culture, and ideas throughout 2022.
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Please note that 245 Queen’s Quay West is a partially accessible venue (doors are not automatic). Doors will remain open during gallery hours.