Salangen Biennale II — Sjøvegan (2023)

We are very excited to have been invited to act as curator of the Salangen Biennale II. Our project this year took place around the remnants of an old iron mine at the Salangen Fjord in Northern Norway; a location with a rich history set within a unique Arctic landscape.

With a total of 13 participants from the Netherlands, as well as from the Nordic countries, we traveled to Salangsverket and worked on site. For five weeks we explored not only the old factory and its ruins, but also the tracks of the old cable lift up the mountain and the remnants of the mine on top of the 600 meter high mountain.

Exhibition: July 21–23 2023. Participants: Michiel Jansen, Ties Ten Bosch, Pim Palsgraaf, Esther Kokmeijer, Guus Vreeburg, Willem Besselink, Maurice Bogaert, Torbjörn Johansson, Hilde Angel Danielsen, Siri Tolander, Jens Stegger Ledaal, Jan Hakon Erichsen, Lada Suomenrinne and David Scheffler (documentary).

More works

Salon exhibition Backstage at Lundbrygga (Sør-Troms Museum), Sjøvegan. June–July, 2023.

Documentary: Salangen Biennale 2023 · If Paradise Is Half As Nice #13 (teaser) by David Scheffler.

Crowd funding event. Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam. February 2, 2024. T-shirt and mug design by Bart Sparnaaij.


For the most part, ‘If Paradise Is Half As Nice’ is directly funded by a dedicated group of fans in the form of crowd funding.

If Paradise Is Half As Nice