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The forest is the Earth’s largest and most important carbon storage on land, where the fungus, plants and trees work together to store carbon beneath the soil. All this happens quietly, almost invisible, yet it is so fundamental to our life as living beings on Earth.

As the diversity of the cultural landscapes disappears, it creates ripple effects on the ecological balance in nature and forests. This means that the survival of many species depends on how we manage and preserve nature in the future.

The artists have been inspired by the forest, and the trees and plants that live in and around it. With a local starting point in the "forest county" Hedmark in Norway, they have worked site-specific in the surroundings and had conversations with the local people about their relationship to the forest. This will be part of a film which will be screened as part of the exhibition.

How we can work towards a sustainable future, and how can art and dialogue open and enrich our relationship to nature? We tend to look at nature and our environment as separate from ourselves, rather than incorporate and be part of it. Are there other ways to act and respond that integrates humans as part of nature?

The dance and ceramics create a dynamic interplay where the forest is experienced and sensed through an artistic ecosystem. The artists want to create an inner and outer dialogue, where the viewer can meet themselves and their own relation to nature.

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