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Duddjot exhibition in our IF Galerie from September 5 to December 20, 2019.

This autumn, Institut finlandais focuses on presenting both traditional and contemporary Sámi culture, arts and crafts

The gallery exhibition Duddjot focuses on traditional Sámi crafts, duodji. Scarves, knives, jewellery, mittens and handbags – all items meant for everyday use. Through the collection, objects and pieces unveiling a more traditional line of thought with the use of reindeer skin and pine roots can be discovered. The combination of silver and birch roots represent the less conventional work of the up-and-coming Sami artisans, such as Elle Valkepää.

Next to more traditional duodji items, Outi Pieski’s installation Ruossalas Bálgát (2014) (Crossing Paths in English) can be found in the main hall of the Institute. Pieski, a visual artist with Sami origins, is also strongly inspired by traditional handicraft techniques in her work. In Crossing Paths, the artist has combined traditional scarf binding techniques with more contemporary language and materials.

The Duddjot exhibition is curated by Katja Hagelstam (gallery Lokal, Helsinki), and it is produced in collaboration with Sámi Duodji Association.

The exhibition is part of the official program of Paris Design Week.

Outi Pieski’s installation Ruossalas Bálgát (Crossing Paths, 2014) belongs to the collection of Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum (Tromsø, Norway).
Picture of the installation by Outi Pieski.