Started in 2013, “JANTE♡N” is a series of 10 collages related to the Law of Jante.
Some of them 50×70 some of them 70 x 100 cm. Some of them where exhibited in the exhibition window of æDEG15 (2016) and one of them was shown permanently in a wall of æStue (2017-2019).
As the Wikipedia article about the Law of Jante clearly states, this rules created by the Danish-Norwegian author Aksel Sandemose in 1933, are “the description of a pattern of group behaviour towards individuals within Nordic countries that negatively portrays and criticises individual success and achievement as unworthy and inappropriate.”
Law of Jante (In norwegian, Janteloven)
1. You’re not to think you are anything special.
2. You’re not to think you are as good as we are.
3. You’re not to think you are smarter than we are.
4. You’re not to imagine yourself better than we are.
5. You’re not to think you know more than we do.
6. You’re not to think you are more important than we are.
7. You’re not to think you are good at anything.
8. You’re not to laugh at us.
9. You’re not to think anyone cares about you.
10. You’re not to think you can teach us anything.
11. Perhaps you don’t think we know a few things about you?