Taking back stolen pictures

Seminar
Art

Welcome to a conversation about aesthetic and creative strategies for repatriation, resistance and revitalization. This conversation is organized in connection with this year's festival exhibition, Visualizing Arctic Voices. In the conversation, we meet Anders Sunna, Raisa Porsanger, Dr Jérémie McGowan and Per Asle Sara.

 

About the exhibition: 

Through images of the Arctic (approx. 1750-1930) the exhibition will tell and examine the traces that exist of Indigenous people’s biographies, culture and experiences in the face of colonization.

The images are linked to Indigenous peoples, landscapes and animals in Sápmi, Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland), Inuit Nunangat (Northern Canada) and Alaska in a period of increased colonial pressure and contact. The images are tied together by the fact that they arose in meetings between people from different cultures, with different agendas and understandings of relationships to people, animals, nature and culture. The art exhibition examines how historical images can retrieved and potentially enrich the history and culture for Arctic Indigenous people today.

In the exhibition you will also encounter works by Sami artists, among others Outi Pieski, Anders Sunna, Raisa Porsanger, Áillohaš/Nils Aslak Valkeapää (1943-2001) og Aage Gaup (1943-2021), as well as the Greenlandic artist Bolatta Silis-Høegh and anthropologist, curator and artist Sven Haakanson. Their contributions to the exhibition invite conversations about repatriation, revitalization and ways to decolonize history.

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