Volume 3 of Nork Magazine is a boisterous tribute to troublemakers. In this issue, we embrace trouble as a catalyzer for shaking things up whenever they get too stagnant. We applaud local artist Marita Solberg who declared in our interview: “Burn down all the weapon factories, make art instead!” We cheer on the Saint-Petersburg artists who challenge the norms and expectations of society, and we learn from Tromsø-based filmmaker Christine Cynn about her newest film, which examines the impact of the arms trade on people. We also give a voice to some healthy criticism about the social and art scene in Northern Norway, from its often-reckless urban development to its lack of contemporary classical music. This issue also reviews a number of artistic events in the region, from the LIAF art biennale to the electronic music festival Insomnia.
In Volume 2, we dive deeper into the topic of transformation. Northern Norway is a land where the drastic changes in weather and light have been molding the way people live, and maybe even love. In this issue, we celebrate the transformations that upset and create our live. The ordinary creatures that turn out to be monsters, the statues that come to life, the coincidences that take us onto new adventures, the social progress that changes society for the better, the pregnancies that are put a voluntary end to, the connections that bind us as humans, so fragile and yet so powerful in making us feel alive. Volume 2 features local artists and talents such as Damla Kirichan who designed the cover, Camilla Renate Nicolaisen and the Tromsø drawing group for illustrations, as well as Anne Ødegård whose serie pictures of Norwegian forests and texts on modern alchemy as a remedy against capitalism captured our hearts.
With Volume 1 of Nork Magazine, we launch into a journey of exploring life in Tromsø, far form the clichés that paint Northern Norway in black and white. We hear from some of the people who make Tromsø into the diverse and vibrant place we know: a Palestinian photographer and filmmaker who found a second home in Northern Norway, a local chef and restaurant manager striving to bring locally-sourced ingredients and foreign tastes together, a dancer who has both struggled and thrived in the land of the polar night… Some of our other protagonists include an experienced draughtsman, a young woman whose passion is gaming, and a British woman who found herself on a trawler boat on the Norwegian Sea. Because their stories are local and universal, and because stories of today shape the way tomorrow will be.