The village of Karasjok is home to one of the most exciting galleries in Northern Norway, the Sami Centre for Contemporary Art, formerly the Sami Artist Centre. Supported by the Sami Parliament and the county of Finnmark, it houses exhibitions in former industrial premises on the outskirts of Karasjok.
Art in Sami
Its aim is to be a venue for exhibitions of Sami contemporary art, which ranges from avant-garde expressions to "duodji", traditional Sami handicrafts. It also aims to promote dialogue between Sami art and other contemporary art from around the world.
In the exhibition entitled "I'm in lavvu", eight artists were invited to design their own lavvu, or Sami tent. The results ranged right from lavvus made from wood or modern materials through to video installations. Sven Flygare Johansen's exhibition in Karasjok ran at the same time as an equivalent exhibition in the Beaconsfield Gallery in London. Trains running past that gallery sent impulses to Karasjok, and moved a glass across a tilted table. However, the next time you visit Karasjok, it will be something different, as the exhibitions are changed every month.
The headquarters are in Karasjok, and the gallery gets a new exhibition 10 times a year, providing people in Inner Finnmark with a huge variety of art. The centre is also involved in partnership projects with museums and galleries in Nordkalotten, and has participated in festivals such as the Barents Spektakel in Kirkenes.
The Sami Centre for Contemporary Art's website contains information about current and future exhibitions www.samidaiddaguovddas.no