Press Releases : 2017/09

Detailed programme for the relaunch of the Mázejoavku housing and studios

Published 2017/09/21

Film still from the interview conducted in 2008 with artist Trygve Lund Guttormsen by Rossella Ragazzi and Terje Brantenberg. Courtesy of the Tromsø University Museum.


A detailed programme for the relaunch of the Mázejoavku housing and studios

Grendehuset, Máze school, Mázejoavku building and other venues

9525 Máze (Masi)

OCA is delighted to share the detailed programme of the upcoming three-day gathering in the town of Máze, to work towards the creation of an Indigenous Arts Residency in the legendary Mázejoavku: Sámi Dáiddajoavku housing and studios, to be held on 24–26 September 2017.

Speakers, workshop leaders, musicians and contributing artists include, among others, Raven Chacon, Johan Sara Jr, John Gustavsen, Aage Gaup, Josef Halse, Berit Marit Hætta, Keviselie/Hans Ragnar Mathisen, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Rannveig Persen, Synnøve Persen, Ánde Somby, Adam Szymczyk, Isak Samuel Klementsen Hætta, Elle Márjá Eira, Gunvor Guttorm, Sissel M Bergh, Tomas Colbengtson, Unni Fjellheim, Julie Edel Hardenberg and Lena Kappfjell.

For more information about the event, including information in Sami and Norwegian, please click here.

Click here to download a PDF of the programme.

This event is organised under the stewardship of the Sámediggi (the Norwegian Sami Parliament in Kárášjohka).

For general enquiries, please contact Sámediggi’s Cultural Advisor Silja Somby at / +47 78 48 42 30.

To register your attendance, please send an e-mail to OCA's Ida Marie Ellinggard.

About the organisation and funding
Special acknowledgement to Guovdageaidnu (Kautokeino) municipality and the community of Máze (Masi) for making this possible. The organisers are also grateful to the Tromsø Museum for important footage on the Mázejoavku artist Trygve Lund Guttormsen. The Indigenous Methodologies Workshop and the Sonic Workshop are funded and facilitated by OCA. The Explorative Indigenous Aesthetic Language Workshop is facilitated by the Sami Center for Contemporary Art and partly funded by Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage (MICH), York University, Canada, and the Sámediggi. Additional funding for the international participation in the programme is provided by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iaspis and Frame.

2017: A year of Indigenous Art and Thought
OCA’s programme for 2017—a year dedicated to indigenous art and thought—marks a commitment to urgent, contemporary indigenous issues of global importance, honouring the 100th Sami Jubilee in Tråante (Trondheim) in 2017. Structured through a series of regional and international dialogues and partnerships, the project unfolds in various forms and locations across Norway and beyond, including research, artists’ residencies, exhibitions, text commissions and a number of activities implemented through an OCA pilot office in Tromsø as well as from its premises in Oslo. This research-based initiative will culminate with the exhibition ‘Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness’ opening on 11 April 2018, which will examine the recent history of Sami artistic activism in and across Sápmi (in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia), taking the Alta actions of 1979 as its central core and its resonance in today’s thinking internationally.