Sustainable and lively root works

We welcome back the general public on Saturday 4 July at 18.00

The Sami Center for Contemporary Art is re-opening and one of the exhibitions is “ Sustainable and lively root works” focussing on duodji, Sami handicraft.

Teger (root woodworking) is a duodji technique that commands a growing interest. Courses are being held and young practitioners are finding new ways to use teger designs in jewellery and broaches. At the same time traditional objects of use, bowls, baskets and small boxes, are being upheld.

This summer SDG is focussing on this technique and the fascinating objects that patient and skilful hands create. The exhibition has been developed in cooperation with Samisk Kunstmagasin/RDM. Objects from its collection and from Varanger Samisk Museum in Nesseby are exhibited. Professor Gunvor Guttorm at the Sami University College in Kautokeino has contributed to the exhibition with text , interviews about teger duodji traditions and art works/duodji.

In addition

Hjördis Löfgren, Margit Kitok Åstrøm, Gunhild Tjikkom, Fia Kaddik, Ellen Kitok Andersson, Tyyne Domna Foronoff, Elle Valkeapää, Matleena Fofanoff, Vladimir Seljutin, Katarina Spik Skum, Hanne Mikalsen, Anna-Stina Svakko, Gunvor Guttorm

There will be a new exhibition design and the public will also see photos and films that convey the technique.

The exhibition is open from 4 July to 30 August 2020.


Photo: SVD-da 0163 Åstrøm, Margit Kitok, 1925, Kurv med lokk (Basket with lid), 1985. Bjørketeger og hornknapp (birch teger and horn button), 16 x 24 cm.
Photo: on loan from  RDM-Samisk Kunstmagasin.