Introduction to exhibition: Let the River Flow

Let the River Flow. The sovereign will and the making of a new worldliness.

Art and Sami artists played a prominent role in the dramatic Alta conflict in northern Norway 1978 – 1982. In spirit of the parole “Let the river flow!”protests were assembled against the damming of the Alta river a construction that forecasted devastating effects on Sápmi land. The action evolved out of an unexpectedly broad solidarity movement that was found in Sami civil society as well as in Norway andaround the world. The exhibition, produced by the Office for Contemporary Art in Oslo, showcases around forty artists that have created works that reflect upon the controversy.

Jon Ole Andersen, Áillohaš, Maria Thereza Alves, Jimmie Durham, Elle Márjá Eira, Mai-Lis Eira, Aage Gaup, Sara Marielle Gaup, Trygve Lund Guttormsen, Josef Halse, Geir Tore Holm och Søssa Jørgensen, Rose-Marie Huuva, Berit Marit Hætta, Susanne Hætta, Iver Jåks, Keviselie/Hans Ragnar Mathisen, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Joar Nango och Tanya Busse, Rannveig Persen, Synnøve Persen, Máret Ánne Sara, Arvid Sveen, Catarina Utsi, Elin Már Øyen Vister.

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