SARP – The Sámi art research project

SARP sets out to attain new knowledge of Sámi art and to develop new theoretical perspectives about its relevant art discourses. Using interdisciplinary approaches grounded in ethical, historical and contemporary issues, the project investigates indigenous and non-indigenous art, theory and methodology. Other central topics ask how Sámi art and culture are parts of larger, circumpolar or international discourses, and how they work in ethno-political struggles.

Gunvor Guttorm, Ikte, Odne, Ihttin, 2001. Photo Marvin Pope.

Gunvor Guttorm, Ikte, Odne, Ihttin, 2001. Foto: RDM/Marvin Hope

SARP proceedings 2017

SARP-anthology published in June:

Sámi Art and Aesthetics: Contemporary Perspective, edited by Svein Aamold, with Elin Haugdal and Ulla Angkjær Jørgensen, Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2017. ISBN 978 87 7184 252 4

A collection of 15 essays and an art project which presents some of the results of the SARP project; see also Aarhus University Press, url http://unipress.dk/udgivelser/s/s%C3%A1mi-art-and-aesthetics/ 

During the last five decades we have witnessed an impressive activity among artists identifying themselves as Sámi, the only recognised indigenous people of Scandinavia. At the same time, art and duodji (traditional Sámi art and craft) have been organized and institutionalized, not least by the Sámi artists themselves. Sámi Art and Aesthetics discusses and highlights these developments and situates them in as well as contemporary contexts for an international audience. At stake are complex topics regarding creative as well as political agencies. The question is not how terms such as indigeneity, identity, people, art, duodji, and aesthetics, correspond to conventional Western ideas, rather it is how they interact with the Sámi and their neighbouring cultures and societies. 

The volume is written by some of the foremost art historians and literary scholars in Sámi art, craft, architecture, culture, and indigenous studies. Artists presented include Johan Turi, Iver Jåks, Outi Pieski, Folke Fjellström, Katarina Pirak Sikku, Geir Tore Holm and Silje Figenschou Thoresen.

Book: Sámi Art and Aesthetics: Contemporary Perspectives, ed. Svein Aamold, with Elin Haugdal and Ulla Angkjær Jørgensen, afterword by Ruth B. Phillips, Aarhus: Aarhus University Press. ISBN 978 87 7184 252 4

OTHER PROCEEDINGS

Seminar on Sámi Art, Thursday, 15 June at 09:00-15:15, open for all.

Venue: UiT The Arctic Univeristy of Norway, campus Breivika, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, room E-0101.

Start: 09:00. End: 15.15. Keynote lecturers: Hartmut Lutz and Ruth B. Phillips.

Language: English. See the attached program.

Hartmut Lutz is professor emeritus and was professor of American and Canadian studies at the University of Greifswald, Germany, 1994-2011. Lutz has an over 40 year focus on Native American and Canadian Indigenous Literatures and cultures. His books include Contemporary Achievements: Contextualizing Canadian Aboriginal Literatures. Studies in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures. vol. 6, ed. Martin Kuester. Augsburg: Wissner Verlag (2015); What is Your Place? Indigeneity and Immigration in Canada co-author Rafico Ruiz, Beiträge zur Kanadistik, Vol. 14. Augsburg: Wissner Verlag (2007); and Approaches: essays in native North American studies and literatures, Beiträge zur Kanadistik, Vol. 11. Augsburg : Wissner Verlag (2002).

Ruth B. Phillips is Canada Research Chair and Professor of Art History at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her research focuses on the Indigenous arts of North America and critical museology. Her books include Museum Pieces: Toward the Indigenization of Canadian Museums (2011); Trading Identities: The Souvenir in Native North American Art from the Northeast (1998); Native North American Art, with Janet Catherine Berlo (2nd edition, 2015); and Representing Woman: Sande Masquerades of the Mende of Sierra Leone (1995). She has served as director of the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology and president of CIHA, the International Committee on the History of Art. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Book launch,Thursday, 15 June at 18:00, open for all.

Venue: Nordnorsk kunstmuseum, Sjøgata 1, Tromsø

Book: Sámi Art and Aesthetics: Contemporary Perspectives, ed. Svein Aamold, with Elin Haugdal and Ulla Angkjær Jørgensen, afterword by Ruth B. Phillips, Aarhus: Aarhus University Press. ISBN 978 87 7184 252 4

Yoik/Vocal: Niko Valkeapää

Other SARP-publications:

See the SARP-members' individual publications in Cristin.


Ansvarlig for prosjektet: Svein Aamold

Project management, Art history, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Svein Aamold, professor (project manager)
Phone +47 77 64 67 49
Mobile phone (Norway) +47 977 83 901
Mobile phone (Spain) +34 627 559 307
Email svein.aamold@uit.no

Elin Kristine Haugdal, associate professor
Phone +47 77 62 09 16
Email elin.haugdal@uit.no

Monica Grini, associate professor
Email monica.grini@uit.no

Irene Snarby, ph.d.-scholar
Email irene.snarby@uit.no 

Postal address:
The Sámi Art Research Project
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Department of Language and Culture
Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education
NO-9037 Tromsø, Norway
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