Sami art in the spotlight

12.04.2010 07:41

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An exhibition presenting art from 23 Sami artists has been touring Northern Norway for more than a year. The pieces of art are from the RiddoDuottarMuseat (The Sami Collections).

The exhibition ”GIERDU – movements in the Sami art world” opened on the Sami National Day 6 February 2009. The opening took place at The Museum of Post War Reconstruction for Finnmark and North-Troms in the town of Hammerfest.

The exhibition presents artwork mainly from the past 15 years. It is put together in order to present what has been going on in the Sami art world during this period. The word ”gierdu” can be translated to ”context” or ”circle”, a central symbol in the Sami culture.

”GIERDU” is produced by SKINN – the organization for art in Northern Norway, in cooperation with RidduDuottarMuseat (The Sami Collections). Curators are Eva Skotnes Vikjord, general manager at SKINN, and Irene Snarby, curator at RidduDuottarMuseat (The Sami Collections).

- It takes a lot of resources to build an exhibition based on a museum collection. In addition to meeting special requirements for exhibition locations, we also face risks in the process of assembling and disassembling the exhibition. But with a close follow-up this has worked out well.

-Thanks to this exhibition, a much bigger audience will see this art collection, compared to having it stored only in the museum for Sami Collections. The exhibition has been very well received, and the theme makes in interesting also to school classes, says Eva Skotnes Vikjord.

The exhibition has now been shown in nine different locations in northern Norway. According to the present plans, it will continue its tour until 2011.

GIERDU has its own web site, where both the exhibition and the artists are presented: http://gierdu.no/

The project has received funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers' art and culture programme, the module for production-based activities

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