About

Background

Vardø is Norway’s north-easternmost town. Traditionally a vibrant fishing community, the town’s population halved between the 1960s and 2000s. As per 2012, depopulation had balanced out and Vardø had 2,122 inhabitants. Because of the population decline, Vardø was left with many empty buildings in various stages of disrepair. “Pøbel” wanted to organize a larger scale continuation of the “Getto spedalsk” (“Ghetto leperous”) project, where he and collaborator “Dolk” painted abandoned buildings in at the Lofoten islands.

After securing the cooperation of local developers in spring 2012, the project started getting permission from individual property owners to decorate buildings. The name “Komafest” plays on the notion of the houses being roused from their sleep by the activity

2012

The art event in 2012 focused on. Traditionally a vibrant fishing community, the town’s population halved between the 1960s and 2000s. As per 2012, depopulation had balanced out and Vardø had 2,122 inhabitants. Because of the population decline, Vardø was left with many empty buildings in various stages of disrepair. “Pøbel” wanted to organize a larger scale continuation of the “Getto spedalsk” (“Ghetto leperous”) project, where he and collaborator “Dolk” painted abandoned buildings in at the Lofoten islands.