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EadnámetMaid goes digital

News 28.10.20

Dáiddadállus’ extensive event “EadnámetMaid”, that will bring together academia, art, thoughts and people for Kautokeino and Máze 5.-8.11, is now moving online and on livestream. Based on the current covid-19 situation in Troms and Finnmark, it has been decided to scale down the program and digitize parts of “EadnámetMaid”. The rest of the program will be postponed to a later date.

– We take our social responsibility seriously and listen to the signals given by Kautokeino municipality. Therefore we have decided that this is not the right time to conduct such a large physical gathering. Nevertheless, we will not give up on the finish line and cancel everything we have worked for in this important event. We follow all guidelines for infection control and adapt to alternative solutions so that we can offer this important content for both the audience and artists, says General Manager at Dáiddadállu, Dine Arnannguaq Fenger Lynge.

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EadnámetMaid producers: Maren Benedicte Storslett, Dine Arnannguaq Fenger Lynge ja Ánne Kátjá Gaup. 

Streamed, translated and free

A scaled-down program will be made available to a wide audience when “EadnámetMaid” is streamed 5.-6.11.2020. The program will be translated to Northern Sámi and English. The software we use is called Interactio, and it is transmitted via Wi-Fi and your own smartphone or laptop. The stream is also available on our website. We will publish information about the stream on Dáiddadállus Facebook page and website. Both options are free for audience. 

Violence against nature

EadnámetMaid” is a program where art and conversations on the topic of violence against nature and it’s effects on human lives, are in focus. Our previous event “SápmiToo” in 2019, sought to empower women, artists and Sámi curatorial methodologies by placing gender roles, violence, and sexual abuse at the centre of discussions. This year we see an urgent need to discuss violence and abuse against nature. Ecocide in Sápmi and other Indigenous areas, cannot be discussed without looking into how it affects the life and health of our people. 

The program will consist of panel discussions, artistic events, film screenings and book launch.

A wide and long term cooperation

– The Sami Parliament appreciates good solutions for the implementation of art events in the current covid-19 situation, and praises Dáiddadállu for meeting local political signals while taking care of the art field and their needs, says Aili Keskitalo, president of the Sámi Parliament. 

‘EadnámetMaid’ is conceived and organised by Dáiddadállu, with the support and collaboration of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and the Sámi Parliament in Norway, and is a continuation OCA’s and the Sámi Parliament’s long-term engagement with the town of Máze, iconic in recent Sámi political history, and its advocacy for the establishment of an international Indigenous artist residency there.

– OCA greatly appreciates the collaboration with Dáiddadállu and the Sámi Parliament, and praises Dáiddadállu for finding good solutions for creating artistic meeting places in a challenging time for organizers. OCA’s key role is to connect Norway and Sápmi to the world and the world to Norway and Sápmi. Vital to this is to bring to the world’s attention significant, yet little known, chapters of their creative history, to secure a central role in global artistic activity and debate. In this case it relates specifically to the advocacy for the establishment of an international Indigenous artist residency in Máze (which forms part of its extended commitment to Sápmi/Northern Norway initiated by OCA in 2015). 

This advocacy plays various roles. It calls for restoration of the atelier (as heritage site) of the legendary Sámi Artist Group/Mázejoavku, a group that was instrumental in the first European eco-Indigenous uprising, the Áltá Action (c. 1978–82), whose work was recognized internationally in the prestigious art event Documenta 14, 2017. In so doing it calls for the acknowledgement of their key contributions to Indigenous, Nordic and international art history, as well as the histories and artistic practices of Máze, and of future generations connected to them or visiting the future residency. 

With OCA’s recent announcement of Sámi artists Pauliina Feodoroff, Máret Ánne Sara and Anders Sunna chosen for the Nordic Pavilion 2022, which will be transformed into the Sámi Pavilion for the 59th edition of the Venice Biennale in 2022, it is important to recognize the foundational paths forged by Mázejoavku for future generations of Sámi artists, these ones included, says Katya García-Antón, director of Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

EadnámetMaid is funded by Sametinget, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Norsk Kulturråd, Nordisk Kulturfond, Fritt Ord, KORO (Kunst i offentlig rom), Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter and Troms og Finnmark Fylkeskommune.