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Staging Sámi in the City exhibition in Arktikum

14.6.2019 10:14

”Staging Sámi in the City” photography exhibition presents artistic interpretations of Sámihood in urban space. The exhibition of University Researcher Tanja Joona and Junior Researcher Joonas Vola of the University of Lapland is open in Arktikum Science Centre in Rovaniemi from 14 June to 1 September 2019.

The exhibition is a collection of staged situation as an effort to communicate scientific discourses with pictorial narratives, to negotiate the iconic and sometimes stereotypical representations of indigeneity with the changing live dynamics of people’s daily lives in the urbanizing world. The exhibition presents the results of the NUORGÀV research project (2014–2017) in which Sámi youth was studied in urban cities of the Nordic countries.

– In Finland, already 80 % of the indigenous Sámi children are born outside their traditional territories, and youth and women are more likely to settle in urban areas. Urbanization is fast and poses different kind of challenges for the entire Sámi society and culture. The project results recognize that indigenousness is no longer tied with traditional livelihoods or land use but instead requires other forms of cultural maintenance, tells Tanja Joona.

The NUORGÀV project (2014 -2017) was funded by the Research Council of Norway.

”Staging Sámi in the City” photography exhibition by Tanja Joona and Joonas Vola
Arktikum Science Centre (Pohjoisranta 4, 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland)
14 June – 1 September 2019
Tickets and opening hours: www.arktikum.fi

For further information:

University Researcher Tanja Joona, University of Lapland
tanja.joona(at)ulapland.fi, 040 484 4283