Clare Benson

Swedish Project Support, 2015

SWEDEN - Clare BensonA photographer interested in the intersections of art and science, Clare Benson (Central Michigan University) worked with Sámi filmmaker Hans-Olof Utsi and the Swedish Institute of Space Physics—both in Kiruna, Sweden—in exploring the intersection of current astronomical investigations and ancient traditions and mythologies of indigenous Sámi culture. With her award she developed an inclusive event organized around the human relationship to the sky, sun, and universe, and returned to Sweden the following year with support from the American Scandinavian Foundation to carry out this project.