In “To dare to be a corvidae”, the artist imitates crow sounds in an attempt to establish communication with crows she meets in her everyday life. Through this, she explores the possibility to establish an interspecies dialogue. It is also a way to challenge the “normal” way of behaving and the stereotypes that accompany those who don’t adhere to human societies’ expectations (“The witch”, “The Crazy Cat Lady”…)
The crow sounds are intertwined with extracts from phone conversations with an elderly relative from Lofoten, who remembers how people used to conceal their interactions with nature-based traditions, notably by hiding the use of herbal medicine from the doctor. Through this work, the artist seeks to give a voice to the silence that surrounds herbal remedies, local belief systems and Samí identity along the coast of Northern Norway.
Because, then she took and washed thoroughly off the foot and greased it in with a good smell, and then I also remember her powdering it.
Yes. It was something that had a different smell, because it was a bit strong the smell from that medicine. So the doctor would absolutely feel that it had been eh… some medicine that he hadn’t given him.
And then his wife didn’t want… eh… the doctor to feel/recognize, on the smell simply, that he had been to medicine-Jakob.
They didn’t want the doctor to know that he had been to that kind of medicine-man.