The Transactions and impulsions exhibition at the University of
Lapland galleries shows works by artist from Alaska, Canada, Finland,
Norway and the Russian Federation. Most of the invited artist are
partners of the Arctic Sustainable Art and Design (ASAD) Thematic Network with
aims to identify and share innovative practices promoting sustainable
and responsible models of art and cooperation in education and art based
research. The curators art Mirja Hiltunen and Timo Haanpää from the
University of Lapland. The artworks show how the contemporary artist
present and construct the multi-faced Arctic through their art and art
based research, also in educational context.
Monica Blind-Påve (SE)
Monica Blind-Påve is from a village called Badje Sohppar on the Swedish side of the border in Sápmi. She grew up in a reindeer herding family in an area called Sárevuopmi, where duodji has been a natural part of the living. She tells being truly grateful for all the knowledge she has learned from he parents, Ánte Juhána Ánne Márjá and Niillasa Lásse. She have continued to practice the traditional duodji and also transforming the duodji into something new with traditional materials. She has various educations in duodji, and worked with materials such as tree and antler materials, silver and fur, hide and other fabrics. The pieces in this exhibition are the works she have done during her education in Sámi allaskuvla (Guovdageaidnu), where seh took a class called Duodji and digital narratives, that is a part of an Interreg project called AIDA (Arctic Indigenous Design Archives).
Mirja Hiltunen (FI)
Mirja Hiltunen (DA, MEd ) is professor of Art Education in the Faculty of Art and design, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, adjunct professor in University of Oulu on Community-based art education. She devised a performative art strategy as part of her work in art teacher education and has been leading community-based art education projects in Lapland for twenty years. Site-specificity, performativity, social engaged art and art education constitute her key research interests. She presented numerous international research papers and published widely in art education journals, books and art exhibitions. She is, with professors Timo Jokela, and Glen Coutts, the leader of Northern Art, Community and Environment Research group (NACER). (https://nacerteam.weebly.com/), the founding member of the Arctic Sustainable Arts and Design Network (ASAD) (https://www.asadnetwork.org/) and a member of the Artists Association of Lapland.
Tatiana Batova (RU)
Tatiana Batova is working in the Murmansk Arctic State University. She has been designer in the advertising Department of a commercial trade-holding. 2010-2015 and te curator of the creative space and art-gallery "Svetoten", Murmansk. In 2012-2015 she worked as lecturer at the branch of St. Petersburg industrial and economic College. She has expertise in Northern design, Arctic art and design, new pedagogical technologies, calligraphy and lettering, self-development, search for ways of self-realization, ethno-culture, environmental design, urbanism, lend-art, fashion design.
Ruth Beer (CA)
Ruth Beer is a Professor in the Faculty of Art and Director of ACE
(Art/Culture/Environment) Research Studio at Emily Carr University of
Art and Design in Vancouver, BC. She is an artist focused on
research-creation and interdisciplinary approaches to artistic practice.
Her production of multi-media artworks includes sculpture, video,
photography, sound and weaving. She is the recipient of several public
art commissions and is the principal investigator for “Trading Routes:
Grease Trails, Oil Pipelines”, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada (SSHRC) supported research-creation project that
addresses landscape and communities in relation to the interwoven
terrain of traditional Aboriginal trading routes, and an ever-expanding
network of oil and gas pipelines throughout British Columbia. Other
projects include “The Hidden Cost of Supply Chains” (UBC) and Feminist
Energy Futures (U of Alberta) with Canadian and international
Torunn P. Dagsland (NO)
Torunn P. Dagsland is Associate Professor, (fil.dr.), at the University of Stavanger, Faculty of Arts and Education, Norway. In her own creative arts she works with weaving, embroidery, fabric printing, photo and mixed media (plastics, paper, metal, acrylic paint, patina and textile). She works with pictures, sculpture and various interior fabrics. In her Artist’s Statement she describes how the tapestry can be put into a decorative textile handcraft tradition as well as into a narrative contemporary context. Using the materials, techniques, lines, ancient Sami symbols and colours, the tapestry tells stories.
Vladimir Durnev (RU)
Vladimir Durnev is a ceramic artist and a senior lecturer at the Syktyvkar State University in Russia. He is currently doing his postgraduate study at the National Taipei University of Education in Taiwan. He has been participating in many international exhibitions, symposiums and art residencies. Since 2012, he is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia and a member of the International Association of Art (IAA AIAP UNESCO). Participant of symposiums conducted by Arctic Sustainable Art and Design network.
Tanja Koistinen (FI)
Tanja Koistinen is an artist from Rovaniemi currently finishing Master studies in the Arctic art and design programme in the University of Lapland. Her style of working turns everyday life into art, using variable methods of visual arts and environment art. With multi-ethnic ancestry of Sami and Finnish, Tanja describes herself as a person who bonders between indigenous and non-indigenous cultures. In her work she aims to understand and seek deeply and self-reflectively, valuing the Arctic, the home, and the nature, the soul.
Jouni S. Laiti (FI)
Jouni S. Laiti comes from Utsjoki, Finland. At present, he lives in Inari. Most of his adult life, he has worked in reindeer herding and been engaged in other nature-based activities such as fishing and berry-picking. He began studying handicrafts for more than twenty years ago and has been working as a crafts teacher at the Sámi Education Institute in Inari ever since. At present, he is almost done with his master’s studies in duodji at the Sámi University of Applied Sciences. Laiti displays both traditional Sámi handicrafts and modern arts and crafts, all made from reindeer horn and burls that we find in birches. He has learned that people must behave themselves in the woods. We can make use of the forest and Nature’s offerings, but with respect. Therefore, he finds the harsh ways of using nature unpleasant. He follows public discussion and, through some of his crafts, he wants to take a stand in topical social issues.
Rauna Vieltojärvi (FI)
Johan Ándde Ánne Rávnná Bireha Biijja Rávdná, Rauna Vieltojärvi, is an artist living currenty in Inari. Her ancestors are from Enontekiö and Karasjok, but last few years she has lived in Inari. She is studying Bachelor of Duodji and Design at Sámi University of Applied Sciences in Kautokeino.