Carrying the Songs is a project which has its genesis in Norn, a small, isolated community in Dalarna. Simultaneous to Ireland’s uprising of 1916, the iron works around which this community grew up were closed down, leading to the demise of the community and a dialect specific to the place. Ekros and Robins have gathered visual and audio material, focusing on stories which bear a strong link to the landscape in this area.
The artists are concerned with what happens to a story when it is removed from its place of origin, when those who tell and retell migrate, and all terms of reference and context are absent. As part of the working process, the stories have undergone a processing through the mouths and ears of people spread around Sweden in an extended game of Chinese whispers. The distortions which have taken place are characterised by individuals’ own experiences, memories and by translations.
In the installation, these stories resonate and overlap in a film and sound installation. Visual references take the form of circulating film imagery, shadow puppetry and drawing. The title of the exhibition is borrowed from Donegal poet Moya Cannon's poem of the same name.