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Rock Art in Sápmi

Rock Art in Sápmi is Västerbotten Museum’s big collaborative project that started in January 2012 and will continue to the end of the capital of culture year. The project focuses on Sami rock art, Sami symbols and northern cultural traditions.

The aim is to bring to life, interpret and convey Sami history, its past, present and future, through art exhibitions, theatre, seminars and more.

100 Migratory is an art project lasting for several years by Monica L Edmondson consisting of a hundred glass bowls getting ready for a journey that starts off in Sápmi, the land of the Sami people. The glass bowls migrate in and out of different environments, different countries and diffrent worlds. Through connecting Sami tradition, Swedish glass and art handicraft the exhibition aims to promote the glass bowl as a messenger and metaphor for everyone to contemplate issues of affiliation, identity, origins and migration. 100 Migratory is a part of Rock Art Sapmi and will be on display at the Museum of Västerbotten during Umeå 2014.

The book Tecken i sten (“Signs on the Stone”) puts the spotlight on ancient images of rock carving in Sàpmi. The actual images are scrutinized as are the locations in the landscape. The book also covers the present day connection to the stones, rocks, mountains and lakes of the Nordic geography. The book is richly illustrated with beautiful new photos from Alta, Norway, Nämforsen in the county of Ångermanland and Norrforsen near Umeå. The book will be published in Swedish and English and both versions will contain a summary in the south Sami language.

A new huge exhibition illuminating the art of rock carving connected to the symbols of the ceremonial Sami drums. Photos by Petter Engman.

Organizer: Västerbottens museum
More information: http://www.vbm.se/projekt/rock-art-in-sapmi/rock-art-in-english.html
Contact: Kristina Kalén
kristina.kalen@vbm.se

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