It has been stated that the Sámi population is among the most photographed people in the world. Hardly any cultural form of expression has been more formational for general perceptions and conceptions of the Sámi than photography. In spite of this, photographs in the Sámi context have remained largely unexplored.
Negotiating History: Photography in Sami Culture is a collaborative research project studying the role and position of Sámi photographs in the past and present by bringing together three distinct but interrelated empirical fields:
This project is fully funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR) through the programme for Sámi Research II. It is administered from the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies (LLE), University of Bergen.
Negotiating History: Photography in Sami Culture holds its final conference Indigenous Photography Studies: Current Developments and Challenges in Tromsø, 7.-8. September 2017.
The conference features scholarly and artistic contributions on indigenous photography from a Sámi, Nordic and a broader international perspective.
Venue: The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø. Organized by the Project. All interested are welcome!
In June 2016 (15th and 16th) the Project Negotiating History organizes a workshop in Guovdageaidnu (Kautokeino).
Theme: Sami Visual Culture seen from within
Venue: Sámi allaskuvla / Sámi University of Applied Sciences
The workshop is open to everybody interested