The book documents the history of the legendary Sámi artist collective Mázejoavku (1978–1983), and deals with the importance of the group historically and also in relation to other Sámi artists and Indigenous collectives and practitioners globally today.
The Sámi Artist Group was the first generation of young Sámi artists to regain pride in their Sámi heritage, to express their Sáminess freely, and to reclaim a renewed space within Sápmi by advocating and negotiating Sámi thinking and being through the arts.
The book is based on individual interviews and extensive research by author Susanne Hætta. In addition it includes a rich selection of archival photographic material, as well as texts by Yorta Yorta curator and writer Kimberley Moulton, Spanish/British art historian Katya García-Antón and Sámi scholar and duojár Liisa-Rávná Finbog.
The publication is edited by Katya García-Antón, and is co-published by Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and the Sámi publishing house DAT.
Based in the village of Máze (Sápmi, Northern Norway) the group’s members were / Mázejoavkkus ledje / Kunstergruppa var basert i bygda Máze i Sápmi, Nord-Norge og bestod av Aage Gaup, Trygve Lund Guttormsen (1933–2012), Josef Halse, Berit Marit Hætta, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Rannveig Persen, Synnøve Persen and Hans Ragnar Mathisen.
Susanne Hætta is a Sámi author, photographer and visual artist. Born in Áltá, and based in Finnmárku on the Norwegian side of Sápmi. www.susannefoto.com
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