WOMEN IN HEALTH - AND CARE WORK were one of the first art projects to examine participatory art in the region and may be regarded as a pioneering project in this field of study. Criteria for quality and evaluation of this kind of aesthetics could be quality of relationships. The degree of change in the relations. The extent to which there has been a social change. Being a participant is about being conscious and being enriched. "Community art is for many unknown as art, where the intellectual property markers, objects, experiences and attitudes are the core of art. The deeply human feelings that is not always so easy to catch. It may be politically, existentially or compassion", says artist and researcher Hannah Kaihovirta (FI).
In WOMEN IN HEALTH - AND CARE WORK both the process and the artistic object is emphasized. A duality that characterizes my artistic practice. Both documentary photography (object) and participation (process based art). The project focused on art's instrumental role through participation, participatory methodologies and exploring documentary within the contemporary art field. The project was a part of the local municipality participation in FOLK2 - a five-year regional initiative on cultural initiatives to provide citizens with improved health, including through ART WORK, coordinated from Nord-Trøndelag county. In the art field there has been, and still is, a debate about gradations of instrumentalisation - where art are considered as an engine in society, where art becomes a part of the creative industry. Socially engaged art projects are often incorporated in politically motivated initiatives and programs such as FOLK2 giving art assignments that far outside its range and at the expense of the autonomy of art. Traditionally, artists and politicians have different views on what art should be. On the other hand socially engaged art gives art institutions an opportunity to interact with the public in new ways. Curator Mary Jane Jacob (US) says: "The question is not instrumentality or not, but instrumentality for what purpose. Art can and should be an instrument for social change.
It was an interdisciplinary collaboration between me and female healthcare employees in Namdalseid (NO). The project was initiated by the municipality. To advance the traditional female professions in health and care work because they were perceived, according to the municipality, to have a lower status and were often presented negatively in the media: Older people who do not get what they are entitled to, heavy workloads, part-time jobs and scarce budgets. This kind of jobs is often the largest employers of women in rural district.