The exhibition Bakom hörnet vindens jojk [“Around the Corner, the Wind’s Joik”] presents a geographic and cultural landscape that is distant, yet familiar. A wind-worn face in the midnight sun, a pile of wooden boards under a tarp in a messy back yard, large-scale industry, and impressions in the ground that tell a story of belonging. Duchamp’s bottle rack, jawbones from reindeer joined together in protest, the hiss of the wind in a mobile phone, Orion over the road on a pitch-black day, a squirrel’s tail, functional clothing, and barren fells are all fragments of stories from different times and places that are represented in the exhibition. There is an experience, rich in contrast and complexity, that recurs throughout the challenges, comforts, and humour expressed by this set of works, all of which incorporate multiple dimensions of Sápmi. These works address both the specific and the universally human–in concrete terms as well as in ephemeral, ungraspable ones.
Participating artists: Britta Marakatt-Labba (Sv), Katarina Pirak Sikku (Sv), Erika Stöckel (Sv), Máret Ánne Sara (No), Synnøve Persen (No), Aslaug Magdalena Juliussen (No), Silje Figenschou Thoresen (No), Geir Tore Holm (No), Sissel M. Bergh (No), Elina Waage Mikalsen (No), Outi Pieski (Fi), Marja Helander (Fi), Joar Nango (No) och Matti Aikio (Fi), Lada Suomenrinne (Fi).
The exhibition is curated by Carola Grahn and Maria Ragnestam.
The title from the exhibition is from a poem by Inghilda Tapio from the collection "Inte för det att", 2001.
Photo: Lada Suomenrinne