Material: wooden modell

Place: Solia / Glomdalsmuseet Elverum (N)

Curator: Tina Maren Buddeberg, Solia / Ragne Harviken, Glomdalsmuseet

Photo: Stefan Schröder

The project Folkshytta. A home from home for all! is meant as a contribution to an alternative and broader based strategy for immigration in Norway. In essence, the project offers a model of highly symbolic value. It will involve surveys, seminars and workshops about the leisure activities of immigrants, and will focus on developing a new kind of holiday home – a house equipped for the needs of this social group, which reflects their identities and cultural backgrounds.

Folkshytta Modellkleiner

The ever increasing number of Norwegian citizens of different cultural background should feel their own identities reflected in Norwegian practices with regard to holiday cottages and leisure activities. The culture of the Norwegian holiday cottage has a long tradition that fails to reflect the realities of modern multi-cultural society. The conservative ideas of those who own or rent such cottages and restrictive building regulations concerning the appearance of holiday homes need fresh input from the multi-cultural immigrant community.

The question is therefore, after a strenuous schedule of work and education during the week, how do immigrants in Norway spend their weekends? Indigenous Norwegians like nothing better than to go to their cottages to enjoy nature and to relax. I myself have often taken part in such trips, yet so far they have never involved an encounter with an immigrant of, say, Arab background. Do they have no taste for nature or for a relaxing weekend in a cottage? Or could it be that the traditional Norwegian log cabin is simply not equipped for their requirements? Do the new Norwegian citizens need their own kind of holiday home? And if they do, what should it look like?

Islamsk Kvinne med modell

below: Folkshytta scale 1:2, Glomdalsmuseet Elverum, (N) 2008-11


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