Exhibitors: Matti Aikio, Marja Helander, Markku Laakso and Annika Sten Dahl, Outi Pieski, Merja Aletta-Ranttila and Suohpanterror from Finland; Victoria Andersson, Tomas Colbengtson, Per Isaac Juuso, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Lena Stenberg, Anders Sunna and Lise Lotte Wajstedt from Sweden; Hanne Grieg Hermansen, Aslaug Juliussen, Inger Blix Kvammen, Odd Marakatt Sivertsen, Joar Nango, Charlotte Nilsen, Synnøve Persen, Marita Isobel Solberg and Ingunn Utsi from Norway.
Sámi Contemporary is an international exhibition presenting over 20 Sámi artists from Norway, Sweden and Finland. During the opening there will be performances by Marita Isobel Solberg.
Sámi Contemporary is a show filled with contrasts in both expression and content. Today Sami artists often work on a personal level, with suppressed stories and questions related to the present and its globalized framework.
The exhibition travels among other questions about being Sami, and the power, and the role of the Sami culture in a rapidly changing society, as well as an involvement in global issues they share with indigenous peoples throughout the world. The artists discuss their work in specific values and practices of Sami culture and global environmental issues related to current political and social situation of the Sami people.
Some dishes anger toward the larger society and the state, meanwhile some works analyzing the attitudes and stereotypes of the Sámi people, or fix a critical eye towards internal taboos. Although many of the works are explicitly political, other aesthetic and delicate approach in its expression, which also indicates a close relationship with nature.
Some of the artists have grown up in Lapland, while others are grown up outside, their backgrounds and experiences are diverse, resulting in both polyphonic and conflicting accounts of Sami culture.
Curators of this project is Tuija Hautala-Hirvioja, professor of Art History at the University of Lapland, Jan-Erik Lundström, Director of Norbotten museum, and Riitta Kuusikko, curator at the Rovaniemi Art Museum.
The exhibition is a collaboration between Korundi Rovaniemi Art Museum in Finland, the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland, Norbotten Museum in Luleå in Sweden and the Sami Dáiddaguovddáš in Karasjok in Norway.
The exhibtion is supported by:
Sami Parliament of Sweden
Nordic Culture council
Jenny and Antti Wihuri foundation