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Indigeneity, Cultural Transformations and Rethinking the Nation: Performative Aspects of Sámi Elements in Umeå 2014
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. (Arcum)
2015 (English)In: Culture and Growth: Magical Companions or Mutually Exclusive Counterparts? / [ed] Britta Lundgren & Ovidiu Matiu, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu Press , 2015, Vol. 7, 110-126 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In a discussion of how ethnic identity is performed in contemporary Sámi art, the article explores ways in which the idea of the homogeneous nation-state is challenged in the work of Sámi artists. The material examined is a series of exhibitions called "Eight Sámi Artists", which was shown at Bildmuseet in Umeå during 2014 when Umeå was a European Capital of Culture. The marginalisation of Sámi culture as a result of homogenising nation-building and colonialism is highlighted as a historical context and backdrop of contemporary Sámi artists' explorations of themes like identity loss and stigmatisation. In particular, Katarina PirakSikku's exhibition Nammaláhpán, which deals with the theme of Swedish race biology, is discussed as an example of contemporary Sámi art's deconstruction of the narrative of the culturally, ethnically and linguistically homogeneous nation-state. Another explored theme is the embedding of the series in Bildmuseet at Umeå University, a museum for contemporary art and visual culture.

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Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu Press , 2015. Vol. 7, 110-126 p.
, UNEECC Forum, ISSN 2068-2123 ; 7
Keyword [en]
Sámi art, Eight Sámi Artists, performing ethnicity, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sámi counter-narratives
Keyword [sv]
samisk konst, Åtta samiska konstnärer, performativitet, Bildmuseet, Umeå, samiska motberättelser
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111785OAI: diva2:873122
Culture and Growth:Magical Companions or Mutually Exclusive Counterparts? UNEECC Conference, Umeå 23-24 October 2014
Minoriteter, kulturella förhandlingar, stad och nation i förvandling. Samiska inslag i Umeå 2014
Available from: 2015-11-23 Created: 2015-11-23 Last updated: 2016-05-26Bibliographically approved

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