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Leaving Your Mark: Stories in Wood

From traditional craft born of necessity to contemporary art with a punk heart, Leaving Your Mark is an exploration of lived experience, tradition, and change, conveyed through the craft of wood. This new exhibition features the stateside debut of Swedish artist Claes Larsson, known as ClaesKamp, whose expressive woodcarvings reflect his punk rock roots and respond to contemporary issues facing the world—from social justice to migration. The exhibition also showcases woodcarvings from ASI’s collections that demonstrate the long history of the craft as both an art of survival and an exchange of ideas. Though separated by time and place, each carving is a vessel for someone’s story and voice—will you be the one who listens?

Leaving Your Mark: Stories in Wood opens at the American Swedish Institute June 2023