Matti Aikio

From Finland, b. 1980. Video art and photography.

Matti Aikio comes from Vuotso, a small sámi village in Northern Finland. Reindeer herding culture is a part of his family heritage. Aikio has a BA from Academy of Contemporary Art in Tromsø, where he currently lives and works as an artist.

His art disciplines include use of photography and video art. Recently his work has thematically been related to the concept of nomadism.

Matti Aikio

Márjá Bål Nango

From Norway, b.1988. Filmmaker and installation art.

Márjá is from Galggujávri in Norway. She was educated at the Nordland Art and Film School, and studied Film and Television Science at Lillehammer University College. She was chosen to be the young artist of the year at Riddu Riđđu indigenous festival 2011, where she had an art exhibition and showed her films as a part of Riddus film program.

Her films have been shown at Tromsø International Film Festival and the largest short film festival in Norway, the Norwegian Short Film Festival. Her latest film Christmas Troll is taken up by the Norwegian Film Institute's short film package for children shown in Norwegian cinemas from May 2012 and throughout the year. Márjá works mainly with a Sami theme in her art and films.

Márjá Bål Nango

Joar Nango

From Norway, b.1979. Architect, works with the meeting between art, design and architecture.

Joar Nango is an architect with a degree from NTNU in Norway. His works explore the boundary between architecture, design and visual art. Thematically speaking, his work relates to questions of indigenous identity, often through investigating the oppositions and contradictions in contemporary architecture. Recently, he has worked on the theme of The Modern Sámi Space through, amongst other things, a self-published zine series entitled Sámi Huksendáidda: the Fanzine, design project Sámi Shelters and the mixtape/clothing project Land & Language. He is also a founding member of the architecture collective FFB, which works with temporary architecture in urban contexts. At the moment he lives and works in Tromsø, Norway.

Joar Nango

Siri Broch Johansen

Från Norway, 45 years. Author and performer.

Siri Broch Johansen is from and lives in Tana.
She writes, sings and acts on stage.
In recent years, she has released the book “Sara's Diary,” for which she received the Saami Council's Literature Prize in 2011 for.
She has written, produced and herself performed the show “Sami's Eve - odne lea du vuorru” She has performed her own sami language interpretations of Leonard Cohen's songs in several concerts. She has published short texts in anthologies MonolUng, Stemmer, North-Norwegian author unions audio book.

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Siri Broch Johansen

Neeta Inari Jääskö

From Finland, 26 years. Jewellery; visual arts (diverse media); blogging.

I’m from Inari, Finland, where I also currently live. I work in my own business on modern Saami jewellery and design, and you can find my work at neetainari.com. In addition to jewellery and design, I also do lectures and talks on Saami dressing/adornment culture as well as the culture and future challenges in general. I'm also waiting to start reclaiming my family's language, Inari Saami.

In my free time I write a blog about Saami issues (primary focus on Finland), mostly in Finnish but also in North Saami at times. I became an artist by accident. Esthetic and creative thinking have always been a big part of my life and who I am, and I have dedicated a lot of time to diverse visual work, like photography and of course jewellery design.

My roots are in Saami culture and traditional crafts (duodji), but my education as a jeweller and designer was based on Finnish and Nordic design concepts. A large part of my work reflects this meeting and interaction of the two different worlds and I hope use that dynamic to contribute to the renewal of what is now considered “Saami” or “indigenous”.

Neeta Inari Jääskö

Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman

From Finland, b. 1979. Musician.

Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman is a Sámi musician and she comes from Inari,on the Finnish side of Sámi land. Her musical carrier started when she was a little girl when Anna sang and played Sámi music in the duo Anna & Pirita Näkkäläjärvi. Later on Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman studied classical clarinet in the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki and she graduated with a Master of Music in 2008. After graduation Anna has worked in orchestras as well as all kinds of musical positions. She has been leading Ijahis idja – Nightless Night, an indigenous music festival in Inari from the year 2009. In her own solo project with the name Ánnámáret Ensemble, Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman performs songs and yoik made by herself with her own ensemble. In the spring of 2012 Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman was appointed the provincial artist in Sápmi. She will start her work as provincial artist in August 2012.

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Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman

Anders Rimpi

From Sweden, 39 years. Composer.

Composer/Singer/Dancer/Musician/Film editor from Göteborg with roots in Oalloluokta, Sierges Sámi village. Composes mainly electroacoustic works and has a special editing technique with concrete sounds. But he also writes instrumental and vocal works. Anders moves between different areas of art; as a composer, dancer and film editor. He also works as a singer, mostly at the Gothenburg Opera, but also with folk music from Georgia. As a composer and dancer AR has worked with choreographers Minna Elif Wendin, Gilda Still Brook, Veera Suvalo Grimberg, Mira Mutka and Favela Vera Ortiz.

To listen to Anders.

Anders Rimpi

Máret Ánne Sara

From Norway, 28 years. Painter, text and illustrations.

Máret Ánne Sara is from Kautokeino and works with journalism and as a artist. I work as the chief editor for the one and only Sami youth magazine in Norway. I have also studied illustration at the Arts University in Bournemouth. My work, I would say, is bold, contemporary and expressive, with a strong cultural political anchorage. As opposed to the traditional Sami art form that is based on the traditional Sami colours, rock carving symbols and ancient religious symbols, my art tends to show my culture from the ongoing, contemporary younger generation’s perspective. Which, I would say, include modernism and pop culture, as much as it involves ancients traditions and of course, politics concerning cultural survival.

Two words to describe my art: bold colours and politics. Why colours and politics? Because globalization and capitalism are extreme threats to reindeer herding, that is a sustenance that requires big and non populated areas to survive. Colours, because bright beauty is what my culture is. My art is a celebration of the Sami culture, as much as it is a statement of the all consuming political and sociological worries for our survival.

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Máret Ánne Sara

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

From Canada. Filmmaker, writer, actor, and activist.

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is Blackfoot from Kainai, or the Blood Reserve, as well as Sámi from Norway. Elle-Máijá is a graduate of Vancouver Film School's full-time acting program. She also has a bachelor's degree in First Nations Studies with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of British Columbia. She is an emerging filmmaker, actor, writer, and activist. Her film “The Bandit” was among the top ten Canadian national finalists in MTV's For the Reel competition. Her second short film, “Bloodland”, was the official selection of numerous international film festivals including ImagineNATIVE in Toronto, The American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, and the Vancouver International Film Festival. Most recently, her short film, “A Red Girl's Reasoning” was a winner in Vancouver's Crazy8’s film competition.

Currently, she is a fellow in the Indigenous Film Fellowship created by the Indigenous Film Circle in Norway. As a fellow, she is writing her first feature film screenplay with director Chris Eyre to mentor her along the way. Her film and TV credits as an actor include “White Indians Walking”, “The Guard”, “The Reaper”, “Shattered”, “Another Cinderella Story”, as well as voice-over work for a series of youth advocacy cartoons for the Healthy Aboriginal Network.

She was recently nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award at the 2011 American Indian Motion Picture Awards for her role in “White Indians Walking”. Elle-Máijá's creative and non-fiction written works have appeared in both national and international publications such as Redwire Native Youth Magazine, Windspeaker, Briarpatch, and Š Bláđit.

Elle Máijás films A Red Girl's Reasoning and Bloodland.

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers