Sápmi Salasta 2020

Presentation 2020

12 oktober 2020 – 8 november 2020

Konstnärer: Sonya Kelliher Combs, Sissel M Bergh, Julie Edel Hardenberg


Äntligen får vi möjlighet att presentera årets deltagare och deras arbeten. Som så mycket annat som skulle ha skett i våras så fick även Sápmi Salasta flytta på sig och omforma sig. Men nu är det dags. De tre konstnärerna som under hösten 2019 besökte Västerbotten och Sápmi visar sitt arbete digitalt. Under vecka 42 kommer deras korta filmer publiceras på instagram och facebook. Alla filmerna publiceras också samtidigt här på hemsidan och ligger kvar till 8 nov. Missar du ett inlägg på fb eller insta kan du med andra ord ta del av alla filmerna här.


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Artists: Sonya Kelliher Combs, Julie Edel Hardenberg, Sissel M Bergh


At last we have the honor to present the work of the artists participating this year. Due to the pandemic Sápmi Salasta had to be postponed and take a different shape. The artists visited Västerbotten – Sápmi last fall (2019) and the plan was for them to come back this spring to present their work. Instead of coming back we are now showing their work digitally. During the week of 12-18 October the artists videos will be published on Instagram and Facebook. From the 12th of October til the 8th of November all videos will be shown here at this site.


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Sonya Kelliher-Combs

Sonya Kelliher-Combs is an artist of mixed decent: Iñupiaq from the North Slope of Alaska, Athabascan from the Interior, German and Irish. Her family, cultures and relationship to the land influence all that she does. It is because of this, she chooses to live and work in Alaska. Through use of synthetic, organic, traditional and modern materials and techniques, she builds upon the traditions of her people. Personal and cultural symbolism forms the imagery. These symbols speak to history, culture, family and the life of her peoples. They also speak about abuse, marginalization and the historical and contemporary struggles of Indigenous peoples.

Kelliher-Combs’ work has been shown in numerous individual and group exhibitions in Alaska and the contiguous United States, including the national exhibition Changing Hands 2: Art without Reservation and SITELINES: Much Wider Than a Line. She is a recipient of the prestigious United States Arts Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Fellowship, Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art, Rasmuson Fellowship and was awarded the 2005 Anchorage Mayors Arts Award and 2010 Alaska Governor’s Individual Artist Award.


Sissel M Bergh

Sissel M Bergh is a multitasker – an artist/researcher/filmmaker working in different kinds of materials in collaboration with many kinds of knowledges. She has been tracking South Sámi history through the Dalvedh and Raanen vuodna projects. Mapping lost landscapes through language, collecting traces of Sámi culture and presence outside of the present map of Saepmie – is her main focalpoint. Can we recollect history and relations with the physical and invisible/sacred land by connecting to the deep structures of language? Can art practise be a tool to understand how the clashes of different knowledge systems, the violence in hierarchical structures inhibit and inhabit us? Bergh is educated from the National academy of fine art, Oslo and the University of technology in Durban, South Africa. She lived and worked for several years in Lusaka, Zambia. Bergh is currently living in Tråante/Trondheim. Norway/Saepmie.



Julie Edel Hardenberg

Julie Edel Hardenberg is born and raised in Nuuk, Greenland. She is educated at Den Nordiska Konstskolan i Kokkola, Finland; Art Academy of Trondheim, Norway; Erasmus Exchange Student at Norwich School of Art and Design, England; in 2005 she got her degree as MA in Art -Theory and Communication at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark, 2005.

Hardenbergs artworks problematize the unequal power structures that exist between Greenland and Denmark. With her background, with roots in both cultures, she has an insight into different Greenlanders identity and self-understanding – nonetheless the economic and social interdependencies that exist between the two countries, and its impact on the Greenlander; caught in a shared identity between power and powerlessness.

Alongside her artistic work, she has contributed with presentation at symposiums: New Narrative for Europe – The European Parliament in Brussel, Belgium, 2013; Inuit Studies Conference, Washington D.C, USA, 2012; Bok & Bibliotek, Göteborg Book Fair, Sweden, 2012; Nordic Fashion Biennale, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, USA, 2011.